By Stephen Schenck | May 10, 2012 11:14 AM
Android may have tons of great games available, but is the platform as a whole doing all it can to attract gamers? A new rumor suggests that Google has some big plans for revamping gaming on its operating system, introducing a new app to make gaming as socially-connected an experience as possible.
This claim comes from an unnamed source “familiar with the plan”. Supposedly, Google is looking to deliver an experience on-par with Microsoft’s Games Hub or Apple’s Game Center. Specifically, some of the features suggested for Google’s attempt at such a system include public leaderboards and an achievement system, with gamers earning recognition for completing specific in-game goals. As a highly social system, we imagine there might be some sort of matchmaking system for finding other gamers to square-off against. Similarly, we’d expect to see some kind of integrated messaging system for conversing with other players, but there’s no mention of if Google might be taking advantage of its existing services to implement such a thing.
This rumor doesn’t attempt to identify when Google might hope to introduce such a system, or whether it will arrive independently or tied to a larger Android release.
If all this sounds familiar, it should, because we’ve heard very similar rumors from another source not all that long ago. While that’s a far cry from confirmation, it does seem to lend some more credence to the claims.