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May
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Remember how we told you Google Games was coming, and how it's going to pack multiplayer functionality, leaderboards, achievements, and stuff like that? That's happening. There are going to be cloud game saves too.

Fresh out of Google HQ, we've managed to score a copy of the new Google Play Services v3.1.36, which is very slowly rolling out to devices right now. For comparison, the current Play Services that most people have is v3.0.27. 3.1 is a massive update - the strings file, for instance, has more than doubled from 300 to 700 entries. This is how Google is pushing out all the shared files for Google Play Games.

Those who have the new Play Services may have noticed some strange things going on in their sync settings, but that's boring, we'll talk about that later in Part 2. Check out what's on my phone right now:

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"Play Games" is a real thing - the settings app even works!

The drop-down menu will let you switch accounts, but, sadly, the Up button doesn't do anything for right now - it just closes the app. Play Games Settings allow you to turn on game notifications, manage who can send notifications, and show muted games.

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Who can send you notifications is, of course, managed by Google+. Pressing that button will bring up the usual circle dialog. All Play Games identity work will be done by Google+. Try and look surprised.

Google Play Services has tons of gaming-related activities that you can bring up with something like Nova Launcher, but nothing works other than the settings apps. These are all the real screenshots we can show you for today.

But that's never stopped us before! It's teardown time! Let's see what else is in here.

ic_launcher_play_games

The little green controller on the left is called "ic_launcher_play_games.png" and it's the icon the activities use when you make a shortcut out of them. This icon only comes in this size, so I'm not sure if Play Games will actually have a standalone icon or not - there are normally much larger sizes.

At least, I can't tell from this app. There might be a fully-fledged Games client floating around out there that would have the correctly-sized icon files in it. This is probably the best evidence of that.

Synced Game Saves

The big thing everyone asked for after our initial discovery of Play Games was a save syncing feature, and we're happy to announce that there's some of evidence of that in the new Play Services app:

   <string name="games_sync_label">Game Data</string>

This bit of text will be a listing in your sync settings, along with Gmail, Calendar, and all of that other stuff.

The manifest also has a "games_sync_adapter," so this is definitely a real thing that is coming. The interesting thing is that it's not currently working right now, meaning, despite having this app, I don't have this in my sync settings. So we're missing some pieces.

Icon Badges

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This microscopic green controller is called "ic_badge_play_powered.png" this will go in the lower right corner of an app icon, just like Open Feint used to do, to indicate that a game is Google-powered. Branding!

Matchmaking And Invites

Play Games will be handling invites and matchmaking, too. There are tons and tons of text for it:

<string name="games_select_players_title">Multiplayer match</string>
<string name="games_select_players_empty">No players found.</string>
<string name="games_select_players_cancel">CANCEL</string>
<string name="games_select_players_auto_pick_item_label">Auto-pick player</string>
<string name="games_select_players_auto_pick_chip_name">Auto-pick</string>
<string name="games_select_players_no_slots_remaining">No more slots</string>

Play Games can somehow "auto pick" players, which means you can manually pick them too. Presumably this would go down in a match-making lobby of some kind. There are limited slots to a game, we just don't know how many.

pict_auto_pick_player_default

This is called "pict_auto_pick_player_default.png," which has something to do with auto picking players, I'm just not sure what.

<string name="games_waiting_room_room_status_inviting">Waiting for players</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_room_status_auto_matching">Waiting for auto-match</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_room_status_connecting">Connecting</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_room_status_active">Connected</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_menu_start_playing">Start playing</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_menu_leave_room">Leave room</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_prepare_to_play">Prepare to play</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_participant_status_invited">Invited</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_participant_status_joined">Invitation accepted</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_participant_status_declined">Invitation declined</string>
<string name="games_waiting_room_participant_status_left">Left the room</string>

Here's text for the match making rooms. Players can enter and leave rooms and invite other people to rooms. There are chat libraries in the Play Services APK, so there is some kind of chat, as well.

<string name="games_notification_match_title">New game invitation</string>
<string name="games_notification_invitation_ticker">New game invitation from %s</string>
<string name="games_notifications_new_player_butterbar_title">Review game notifications settings</string>

<string name="games_wide_tile_invitation_solo_description_format">Invites you to play %1$s</string>
<string name="games_wide_tile_invitation_solo_time_format">SENT %1$s</string>
<string name="games_wide_tile_invitation_solo_num_players_format">%1$d-PLAYER</string>
<string name="games_wide_tile_invitation_play">Play</string>
<string name="games_wide_tile_invitation_game_info">Game info</string>
<string name="games_wide_tile_invitation_decline">Decline</string>

<string name="games_invitation_list_null_state">You have no invitations.</string>

Game invites create system notifications, so you'll never miss a game. Apparently there will be a "Games Invitation list" somewhere, which will list pending games.

Achievements

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The thing on the left is called "bg_play_games_toast.9.png." This is Play Game's "Achievement Unlocked" popup. The white part stretches to fit the text.

On the right is "ic_achievement_unlocked_holo_light.png" which is probably part of some achievement list screen.

There are, of course, tons of strings:

<string name="games_achievement_list_title">Achievements</string>
<string name="games_achievement_empty">No achievements for this game.</string>
<string name="games_achievement_list_header_unlocked_format">%1$d/%2$d unlocked</string>
<string name="games_achievement_list_header_percentage_format">%1$d%%</string>
<string name="games_achievement_list_network_error">"Can't load achievements for this game. Check your connection and try again."</string>
<string name="games_achievement_list_generic_error">"Can't load achievements for this game. Try again later."</string>
<string name="games_achievement_hidden_name">Secret</string>
<string name="games_achievement_hidden_desc">Keep playing to learn more.</string>
<string name="games_percentage_format">%1$d%%</string>
<string name="games_achievement_popup_label">ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED</string>

Not too much to go over here - it's a pretty standard achievement system. There are achievement percentages, for "kill 10 of something"-style achievements, and undiscovered achievements can be kept secret to prevent spoilers.

Scoring and Leaderboards

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The crown is "ic_leaderboard_holo_light.png," which would go on the leaderboard list, and the circles are "ic_medal_0#" (where # = 1-5) which are for placement at the end of a game, depending on how well you do.

Leaderboards has an insane amount of text, so I'll only post the important stuff:

    <string name="games_leaderboard_list_title">Leaderboards</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_timespan_menu_alltime">All Time</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_timespan_menu_weekly">This Week</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_timespan_menu_daily">Today</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_menu_reset_top_scores">Show top scores</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_menu_reset_player_centered_scores">Show player-centered scores</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_subtitle_alltime">Leaderboard</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_subtitle_weekly">"This week's leaderboard"</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_subtitle_daily">"Today's leaderboard"</string>

Leaderboards by time - choose this week, all time, or today. You can also show "player-centered" scores so you can find where you are on the boards.

   <string name="games_leaderboard_public_null_state">"Unbelievable! There are no public high scores for this game. Play now and be the very first in the universe on the leaderboard!"</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_public_tab">PUBLIC</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_social_tab">MY CIRCLES</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_percentile_label">IN TOP</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_player_count_large_number_format">%1$s+</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_rank_header_ordinal">"I'M %1$s"</string>
    <string name="games_leaderboard_rank_header_percentile">"I'M IN TOP %1$s%%"</string>

Leaderboards plug into G+ and can be non-public. You can also filter the leaderboard by people in your circles. It will also show you what percentile you're in.

<string name="games_leaderboard_social_null_state_alltime_format">"No one in your circles has played %s.Tell others about this game and compare scores when they play."</string>
<string name="games_leaderboard_social_null_state_weekly_format">"No one in your circles has played %s this week. Tell others about this game and compare scores when they play."</string>
<string name="games_leaderboard_social_null_state_daily_format">"No one in your circles has played %s today. Tell others about this game and compare scores when they play."</string>

<string name="games_leaderboard_null_state_share_on_gplus">Share on Google+</string>
<string name="games_leaderboard_null_state_share_subject">Check out "%1$s"</string>
<string name="games_leaderboard_null_state_share_body_format">"I'm playing %1$s. Can you beat my high score?%2$s"</string>

There's lots of pushing people to Google+, and offering to brag about a score on Google+. You can also share a score to Google+. Google+.

<string name="games_leaderboard_butterbar_non_public_pacl_title">"I don't have a public rank"</string>
<string name="games_leaderboard_butterbar_non_public_pacl_info">"Other players can't see your score. To make it public, change your game activity setting to Public."</string>
<string name="games_leaderboard_butterbar_pacl_wait_title">"Why can't I see my score?"</string>
<string name="games_leaderboard_butterbar_pacl_wait_info">Ranks are updated every 24 hours. Check back later to see your score.</string>

Ranks are calculated every 24 hours, and your score can be completely private if you want.

Conclusion

Whew, I'm exhausted. So, to recap, all the stuff we told you about a month ago is right, but now you sort-of know what it's going to look like. To add to the matchmaking, in-game chat, achievements, leaderboards, invitations, and lobbies, we now know about icon badges and, best of all, cloud game saves!

The big question I have right now is, "is this all there is"? Will games handle all the client-side UI stuff that isn't here, or will we see a central game app come out of Google? A lot of stuff doesn't work right now, so we're definitely missing some pieces, I'm just not sure if that's a server thing somewhere, a central Play Games client, another Play Services update, or up to game developers. We'll have to see at I/O.

Oh, and by the way, this is only part 1 for this Google Play Services teardown. There is even more stuff in it to investigate. Part 2 (the last part) will include all the non-gaming stuff, some of which is very puzzling. For now though, just enjoy this.

APK Teardown will return.

Thanks to Marco Duran for the file and Ricky Grundy for the tip!

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • qbking77

    Awesome! Can't wait to see the type of games that pop up

    • RitishOemraw

      Hopefully this will tie in games for GTV.

      as in android phone controllers, GTV as the console, so that like the wiiU we can have asymetric gameplay.....WOW!!! The possibilities man!
      THE
      POSSIBILITIES!

  • Omar Feliciano

    Awesome!

  • Andrea Rossi

    All I can say is..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
      • PhilNelwyn

        But have you patented it?

        • dubaloseven

          DID YOU CALL DIBS?!

        • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

          I'm pretty sure Apple patented it on 19 B.C.

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      I would say: "Mother of .apk's".

    • http://www.flapane.com/ flapane

      Definitely

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    this is INSANELY good news, Very Exciting! I think Google doesn't really mind that it's info gets leaked a few days ahead of time usually, in fact I think they prefer it to rally excitement for whats to come.

    • Matt

      Agreed. I mean, they just skipped the public introduction for the Nexus 4/10/upgraded 7 because of the hurricane and figured "fuck it...no need to reschedule." If there's one thing Google doesn't do too well, it's build buzz for launches and new services. At least they're starting to get a bit better at it with the Google Glass buzz.

  • CuriousCursor

    spoilers!

    • Michael Lee

      Spoilers, sweetie!

      • Colton Walker

        Song of the River...

  • http://profiles.google.com/hephastus Kurleigh Martin

    Awesome work! You really make the site Ron. Can't wait till part 2

  • http://chosafine.me/ Cristian Colocho

    Honestly i'm more excited for how this could extend to Google TV.

    Microsoft is the only decent option in gaming right now. (Yes Sony that PS4 launch doesn't has me excited.)

    Google can tear this market apart.

    • Rationality

      Just because it doesn't excite you does not mean that it's not a decent option in gaming.

      • http://chosafine.me/ Cristian Colocho

        True. (Also, super relevant username.)

    • skitchbeatz

      Google could put a foot on the throat of OUYA pretty quickly i think.

      • ouyasucks.com

        This is more of a help to ouya -______-

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          To my knowledge, the OUYA does not have Google Play Services built in, so this wouldn't be a direct benefit to OUYA.

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

            What do you think, Nexus Q repackaged as gaming console?

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            Could be. If Google re-released the Nexus Q with A@H, streaming, and Games, it could be killer.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Perhaps. But I'd prefer it if google supported the OUYA team and after the release of it, they should work together on the next android console. There's no need to fight IMO

          • DonSerrot

            Nexus OUYA. It needs to happen.

          • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

            I know one thing. Google and the rest of the Android ecosystem need to support gaming and this is going to be the catalyst I think the finally bring some sort of a unified front to Android gaming ecosystem The reason why people always are so quick to develop for Apple devices in the first place is because its easy. The hardware is all the same. If there were a such thing as an Android Nexus portable gaming device or console device to serve as a reference then I think it will tie it all together

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            It could quickly get it, and if not,they'd develop their own app that could work with the play games medals.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            I'm not sure about that. I'm not a pro developer, but I don't think OUYA would be able to create an app that (successfully) taps into Google Play Services if they're not actually on the device.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Why not? The OS will be Android, there's NO reason that the Store and the apps wouldn't work on it...

          • wordmoss

            I believe all the OUYA dev's have to do is agree to whatever terms that are required for the Google Suite of apps, and then they have access to Play Services at retail launch.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            Sort of. Each device that wants to use Android branding or access to Google Play has to pass certain tests of compatibility laid out by Google (http://source.android.com/faqs.html#compatibility) whether passing those tests is an automatic green light for Play access is questionable, but it seems to rely more on the actual device rather than device-independent agreements.

          • http://twitter.com/ImGalactus Galactus Schroeder

            To me this is fantastic.
            I buy an OUYA for the indie games, then sideload the play store and my account full of newly supported android games!.

            ^__^

          • Matthew Welch

            Which is one of the reasons I cancelled my pre-order. How they could NOT include Play Services baffles me.

          • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

            But it's very hackable... so you know someone will put GApps on it.

        • skitchbeatz

          I think you're forgetting that OUYA does not access the play store and thus will not have access to Google Play services.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            It WILL access the Play Store. If it doesn't ship with the Play Store, the Play Store apk will be very easy to install.

          • skitchbeatz

            ...sigh... that's not stock OUYA though.

    • QwietStorm

      So even though it's not even available yet, the PS4 "launch" didn't have you excited, but Microsoft, who hasn't even shown anything at all, is a viable option?

      • GraveUypo

        if anything all the rumors about the new xbox and new microsoft policies made me want to make the switch back to playstation.

      • Matthew Welch

        Sure signs of a fanboy, that guy is showing. "PS4 has actual info and things to be excited about? But Microsoft is Microsoft and I already use Microsoft so the non-existent X-Box Infinity is superior!"

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          He might just not find any announced on the PS4 even excited. He did say "Microsoft is the only decent option in gaming right now" which implies the CURRENT-gen, aka. the X360. No wrong with that.

  • kennedy myril

    This is some great stuff...

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Wow...I am seriously stoked at the possibilities here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajm.maldnodano Ajm Maldnodano

    did i ever tell you guys how much i love you guys??? well i love you guys

  • Michael McGrade

    I'm seriously stoked about this. I can't wait for the I/O...I wish I could be there but I'll just have to follow online.

  • natabbotts

    Can we get an APK?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      In part 2 perhaps. But it's not like there's a game client - it's just the Play Services apk.

      • http://profiles.google.com/atlbaird Evan Anderson

        Lol as true as that is who doesn't like new stuff even if it's useless ;-)

        • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

          I just want the damn icon in my app drawer to look boss.

          • Justin Swanson

            I second this.

          • Geekadroid

            I thirdly agree upon this.

    • Marco Lazzarotto

      Download from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?s7nhmf4b25q2gnr
      I've just installed :D

      • Alexandru Bajdechi

        I've just installed it, nothing new... No play games

        • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

          It's Google Play Services. Use an Activity Picker to look at the game stuff yourself.

          • Justin Swanson

            But... But... I thought it was going to give me games /s

          • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

            It won't give you games, it'll give you Play Games.

    • Hiren Vasani

      Download Apk http://d-h.st/d62

  • Dtrieb

    Guys you mean Google Play 4.0.27 not 3.0.27

    • scuttlefield

      I was actually surprised that there wasn't an APK available especially if this is rolling out right now as the article states.

    • http://profiles.google.com/atlbaird Evan Anderson

      I don't think he was talking about the actual store but the framework services APK

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        That's right.

      • Mike Corbett

        there is a settings option of the new google settings app called GOOGLE PLAY SERVICES bah

    • Kernschatten

      Play Services, you are thinking Play Store.

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    Ron just ruined i/o for me... :)

  • Niall Till

    Definitely can't wait for all the rest of the i/o goodness, can't wait for part 2.

    The too achievement icons can't both be on the right though (sorry)

    • Niall Till

      finish part 2 first though :)

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    My question is, do you think the cloud saving will be cross platform? So you can get home and move from your phone to your PC and continue where you left off.

    • Larizard

      if they pull off something like that, that'll be amazing.

      • http://twitter.com/ImGalactus Galactus Schroeder

        INDUBITABLY

    • Matt

      I could see this integrating with Chrome OS pretty heavily. There have been some rumors already about Android games on Chrome OS; not sure how well it will work on other operating systems.

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        Well if they can integrate it with chrome that pretty much covers all platforms (they all have a web browsers).
        Though I also wanna know why the chrome web store isn't just part of the play store. It would make more sense for them to only have one contend centre.

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          While I like the idea, the content in the two stores are very different. Bastion can not be run on mobile devices, but a browser can handle it. GTA III can not run in a browser, these two apps are developed for one platform and not the other.

          I think many developers will have a problem with being forced to develop for two platforms. More work.

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

            They wouldn't need to, they would just need to say what it can be used on, this is already done with tablet specific apps.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Yeah, I can go with that. Also, when searching the storeon the phone or tablet, only apps that can be run on that device are showing up. IMO, dickish move, but also makes it easy for those who don't have the tech-grip if you get my drift.

          • http://twitter.com/ImGalactus Galactus Schroeder

            The Singularity Approaches

          • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

            Even if it runs in a browser, as long as the hardware is there (performance wise) and the game can be downloaded onto the Chrome OS PC itself, it should be fine, right?

          • http://twitter.com/equaloppdork Equalopportunitydork

            Clarification - Bastion works on mobile, just fine. It's just not on Android, sadly.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Damn, you're right. I don't have any iOS devices (I go around them, I have no need for them, though I was close to buy an iPad), so I had no idea.

            https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/bastion/id537773100?mt=8

          • TheWhiteLotus

            Why do you think Bastion can't be run on mobile?

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            It was an example. Bastion is not on Android, but someone told me it was on iTunes for iOS devices, so I guess it's possible. ;)

      • PortableGamingRegion

        Not exactly rumors, some Google executive already announced last year that Google has plans to unify Android/Chrome/G+ games.

        EDIT: Here it is, the guy's name is Punit Soni - http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/07/google-plans-unified-gaming-hub-for-play-cross-platform-titles/

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          The article we're commenting on here links to an article to venturebeat which tells this. :)

          • PortableGamingRegion

            my bad :$

    • http://profiles.google.com/mark.gillespie Mark Gillespie

      Google app api has,always been open. Only Apple and Microsoft play lock in games.

      • blunden

        Unless Apple denies any app with it included on the basis that it duplicates some of their features. I guess they have used that provision less in recent months though so who knows.

        I agree that out of Google, Microsoft and Apple, Google is the one most likely to do it. I could maybe see Microsoft do it too but not Apple.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      I'm hoping that it work with iOS devices as well. I don't own any Apple products, but I know a lot of people who do. And playing cross platform that way will be cool.

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        Not gonna happen, not in a million years. same medals in Game Center and Play Games? Nope - first off, because there will be different games available and stored.

        Besides, crossgaming is something else - and is already happening. Draw Something works across iOS and Android, so does Songpop, and Songpop is even on facebook, so that game is on PC as well.

        • Eduardo T. Quiñones

          People taught that Google Now was going to be a Android only feature, look what happened iOs now has it, it might happen, i dont own iOs devices but got a couple friends that do

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            I think that's an entirely different situation. Besides, as I stated before, there is a lot of different games on both platforms, and some even able to play together across the devices. Not sure where you going with this...

          • Eduardo T. Quiñones

            "the devices" as in Android devices or all devices including iOS?

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            As I said, there's some games that are released on Android and iOS where you can play against other players on the other platform. For example, I have a G Note II with Android, but can play Draw Something against a friend who have an iPhone.

    • Eduardo T. Quiñones

      Spacetime Studios does that whit they'r games dont know why Google wont be able to pull it off

  • flavioosh

    Isn't there an Epic Games session during I/O? This could be interesting.

    • Kirbysuperstar2

      Kinda hoping we'll get a port of Infinity Blade, but then again Epic shitcanned the studio that made it, so who knows who would do the actual legwork.

      • http://twitter.com/exynoshd Daniel

        I hope it is new.

        • Joshua

          Not the Idea.
          This was already done by many others.
          http://www.lounge.andlabs.com was one of them. Lets see what happens with them after the I/O. I hope that others survive too because not everything should be on Google.

      • http://twitter.com/equaloppdork Equalopportunitydork

        Chair Entertainment made Infinity Blade and they got "shit canned", it's news to them. Epic closed the studio that was working on Infinity Blade Dungeons, which was comprised of most of the staff from Big Huge Games. Chair is still alive and well, as far as I can tell.

        • Matthew Fry

          Haven't heard anything like that (any downsizing or facility closing) from my friend that works there. In fact, people think that Epic(Chair) had some part in Google taking over the fiber in Provo, UT.

  • tyguy829

    "And yes, the title of this says "Part 1." Google Play Services has even more stuff in it."

    Actually the title doesn't say Part 1 in it. :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      oh, it used to =P

  • Phil Nolan

    Who's being pushed to Google+?

  • heat361

    Awesome stuff... Can't wait for I/O! Only four more days!

  • Mike Corbett

    boo if only it were here now, but waiting is ok!

  • DeAno Jackson

    Looks great! Man, Wednesday is going to be awesome.

  • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

    Then all Google has to do is to reject any new "achievement" apps from now on, perhaps pay off the current ones and remove those, and for the bigger games out there, help the developers implement "Play Games" in their app.

    I love this. Hate the name though. Couldn't be more original, like say.... G-Play, G-force, Google Fusion or something? "Play Games" is irking me.

    But with this, I might have a chance to make a jump on world leaderboards etc. Any word on an accumulative number, like the Gamerscore does on Xbox 360?

    And do they run beta tests on this app? I'd be happy to jump aboard and help them out with feedback.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I think Play Games makes the most sense from a branding perspective right now. Separating out games from the rest of Google's content by branding it differently would be a poor choice.

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        Of course it is, but I don't like how it rolls on my toungue, that's all. Logo is cool though.

    • Eye4Detail

      I like "Play Games" a lot more than "Play Books" or "Play Magazines". I've played all kinds of games...never once played a book.

  • Grimmjow

    More power to AP.

  • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

    Did I forgot to mention that games such as GTA III andd GTA Vice City and Another World could do huge with some achievements?

    I'd be happy to help them out with finding names...

  • Cody Curry

    This is disappointing. I'm glad that it's mostly a framework, but I was really kind of hoping Google wouldn't get directly involved with gaming. It kind of kills the whole "open platform" thing. I mean, it doesn't kill it, but it's making gamers and developers reliant on their proprietary services.

    • Grimmjow

      when people don't properly take advantage of the open platform themselves, matters have to be taken into ones own hands.

    • Anarimus

      It's competition iOS has already had a service just like this out for awhile so naturally Google should have it available for Android.

    • Leif Sikorski

      Game developer mostly failed with this things or it was just too complex to spend that much time for such things. http://ftw.co/ tried to make such a thing cross-plattform, but they struggled and didn't got enough support from developers. So it looks like Google is the one who "has" to do it. If the APIs are done well and work fine developer will hopefully make use of it. Because of this we might hopefully also see more games with G+ Sign-in and not just Facebook.

      And Google is good with cloud services. Once a game gets successful such implementations must be reliable and stable. OpenFeint failed with this, Apple failed with this - the only two companies who might be able to make it work are Google or Amazon.

  • TechGuy22

    this site rocks

  • rahul

    thankks for writing well detailed article Ron

  • Nurs

    I think maybe now we can get Clash of Clans to Android!!!

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    can you upload the latest play services apk?

  • http://twitter.com/munchy_cool munchy

    only if you can upload the apk, you do say it's rolling out slowly so no copyright issues, right?

  • mesmorino

    Google Games. Right, because we don't have enough Google services already. Let's see, Google Play Movies, Google Play Books, Google Play Music, and Google Play Magazines. Did I miss anything? I'm betting on Google Airlines next year, who's with me?

    Fucking Google you know. All of these services and none of them particularly special. If they could just sit down and make one of them great- not good, GREAT- then I'd actually buy shares in Google Airlines. Google Play Music is fighting a losing battle with Poweramp. Between Netflix, Lovefilm, and the others Google Play Movies is kinda lost. Google Play Books shows me overpriced and DRM encrypted files such that I might as well have bought a Kindle. The first and last books I ever got from Play Books were the Game of Thrones books, best believe I won't be going there again.

    In fact the only thing that actually seems to be getting any better is the Play Store itself.

    • cybik

      Go build a multi-product, relatively-globally-encompassing system. Then we'll talk.

      • mesmorino

        Come back with proper discussion points. *Then* we'll talk.

        • cybik

          You want a point? Fine.

          Google does not cater to "the perfection", but rather the offering. Take, for example, Play Music. It has a decent, though admittedly "less than perfect", music player on-device, and has a networked backend. All of this for, relatively, free. Your Poweramp example is a paid-for app developed by someone who lives and breathes for perfect sound and an interface that is not exactly aligned with Google's view of Android.

          You want to have a be-all end-all music player that gives you granular control of everything? It's your right. Google isn't in that business, even though it'd be enjoyable for us users.

          • mesmorino

            You misunderstand the main thrust of my rant. Basically, Google's penchant for getting into everything stops it from actually doing any of them well enough that the effort is worth it.

            Take Google Music, (for example). It's not like there weren't already about a billion different music players out there, right? We didn't need another one. Okay, so Google decides to make one. That's great. Except like you said, it's less than perfect. I'm not even asking for perfection, I'm asking it to be competitive, such that it's actually something I might consider using. Unfortunately, it's a turd, and a free turd is still a turd. "free" is not really a good incentive if what you're offering isn't anything special

            But, and here's my gripe, why not just make it awesome? Charge for it if you have to, or make it free if you want to. Just make it great, you know? Invest some time and effort into doing more than just the bare minimum and then turning around and saying "Oh well we didn't have to and it's free so take it or leave it". I'd rather they didn't get involved at all, than get involved and then not do it right. Or worse, get involved in five or six different services and not do *any* of them right.

            Now we have Google Games. You see what I'm saying?

          • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

            Google is like a bunch of startups that are going to thrust each other with the integration of the services they already offer (some of them really consolidated like search, youtube, gmail, android, etc.). Google offer some GREAT services, and others not that great, but they are going to get better, thats for sure.

          • http://profiles.google.com/mediogringo Dan Carter

            Yeah you're right. Gmail, Maps, Search, Android, YouTube - all terrible products. Why doesn't Google focus on doing anything well?

            And your example is silly. I love Google Music. I can stream my entire library for free from any phone, tablet or PC. Can Power Amp do that? No.

            I mean, if you're paying attention at all, you'd realize that Larry Page pretty much agrees that Google has too many services and has been eliminating them left and right in order to do exactly what you're talking about.

            So chill out.

          • mesmorino

            Pfft, you chill out, you don't even seem to get what i'm saying.

            First, Google didn't start youtube and it was doing well before they came along. Second, if the only thing Google Music has over Poweramp is cloud functionality then it's not just doing poorly, it's doing woefully. Mobile internet is not ubiquitous, fast, or consistent enough for it to even be a remote consideration when choosing a music player. And this before considering the impact on battery life.

            All of those other things you mentioned? Well NOW they're great, NOW they're awesome. I'm talking about releasing them as awesome, *finished* products right out of the gate. Or if not awesome, at least finished. Android is an exception because it's an operating system and I never mentioned it anyway, you did.

            I'm not saying their products are bad, I'm saying they have a habit of releasing unfinished products that they try to improve over time, or abandon because they've gotten distracted by something else.

            The Nexus Q has quietly faded into obscurity now that the next shiny thing- Google Glass - has come along. Meanwhile, they're starting Google Games, because that's exactly what we need right now, another games service.

            Is it such a bad thing to want the current services to be improved BEFORE getting their fingers in yet another service?

          • QuanahHarjo

            Does the UK get Google's free music storage? Because that's the real point to Google Music. My 10,000+ song music collection is now in an easily accessible place that's fairly cross-platform (the sole exception being my stupid Samsung BR player that speeds the music up to sound like singing chipmunks have invaded my living room). I do dearly ope that Music gets a UI overhaul soon, as navigating the music is mystical and inconsistent, but it just isn't the same thing as Poweramp.

    • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

      yes, you missed alot... good job naming all the services that were just recently announced... you think poweramp was the best app on its first few releases? no... every1 knows that if google is good at anything... its improving... so before you bash google music, books, movies.... look at the amazing services you use every day... google translate, google now, google currents, google search, google images, google+, google maps, gmail...

    • Metroview

      Cool story, bro. Tell it again... wow

    • Grimmjow

      Play Music UI isnt great granted but Poweramp doesn't play media over the cloud. Other gripes are mostly non issues or depend on 3rd party licensing deals.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      Wrong place to trashtalk google and android, dude. ;)

      Europe for example does NOT have books, videoes or music. I am allright with that, I am happy with my spotify, my kindle and my netflix.

      Anyway if you don't like their apps, don't use them, it's that simple.

      • mesmorino

        Lol believe it or not, I actually do like Google and Android. I just have no qualms about calling out their dumb moves. Plus, where in Europe are you? I'm in the UK and I've got google books, movies, and music

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          Nordic Region, Denmark.

          • mesmorino

            Ah okay

    • FrillArtist

      Google's philosophy is to throw shit at the wall and see what sticks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470850958 Peter ‘Firefox’ Fox

    Wonder if this affects OUYA or not

    • blahmoomoo

      OUYA won't come with the Play Store, so it won't.

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        You can still download the Play Store apk and install it to OUYA, so while it won't ship with it, it can run it. Along with a large number of apps that just might be able to run on the android console.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      I don't think so. I would be quite happy if the OUYA games supports the Play Games thing though - earning medals, or whatever they're going to call it.

  • Hunter Richardson

    Can't find it...

  • Mungo

    As great as cloud-synced game saves are, let's hope we get that for regular apps as well!

    • http://www.androidheadlines.com/ Alexander Maxham

      agreed

    • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

      Isn't it the case that it is possible but the developers aren't using it?

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        There's two options as to why devs aren't using it.. no one, in one word: money.

        1. devs has to host a server that the cloud saves can be on.
        2. devs has to pay google to host their cloud saves.

        • http://twitter.com/Vivimagic Ashley Glover

          Maybe the saves can be part of Google Drive, thus eliminating the need for payment. Why use other space.

          • Mungo

            It is possible to save to Google Drive indeed - but that's just cloud storage, not a proper sync functionality.

      • Eduardo T. Quiñones

        I've only seen Spacetime Studio using it

  • nicereddy

    Am I the only one that absolutely hates the Open Feint logo on game icons? I don't think this will be any better if it's what we think it's for.

    • Humberto Hernandez

      You are not alone

  • Nick Rosas

    Is your version 3.1.36 (669520-36) ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Henschel/100001880994979 Paul Henschel

    very nice work! and holy cow this looks awesome!

  • http://profiles.google.com/chopster179 Sam Brown

    Under the achievements part you say "The thing on the right is called "bg_play_games_toast.9.png." But it should say left. :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Whoops, thanks

    • Nasko Hristov

      "...bg..." meaning Bulgarian?

      • Gubbar

        bg usually stands for background in code..

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        probably "background" :)

  • Samsung Fanboy

    I have no idea WTF all this means but Im excited about it. lol.

  • Jamal Adam

    Surprise Saturday!! Wow, that was just what I needed and then some.

  • EraserXIV

    If the Nexus Q is going to be re-released with a focus on gaming.. wonder how it will compete with OUYA and similar systems

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I'm hoping against hope that the Q will be rereleased this year with whatever updates Google is giving TV, Android@Home, and now games.

      • EraserXIV

        The ultimate set-top. I've been holding back from buying Google TV, even though it's so cheap nowadays, because I just feel like it's not mature enough yet.. hopefully that changes soon

      • http://twitter.com/ImGalactus Galactus Schroeder

        With voice commands Ala the Kinnect.
        I would love to be able to call up spotify with my voice when I get home.

      • http://hughisaacs2.googlepages.com/ Hugh Isaacs II

        All I want to see is Google TV updated to 4.2 or higher, with native application functionality, open sourced, and with USB webcam/microphone support.

        It already has gamepad support and I'm sure Google Play Games will come over to it.

        I also hope that this will apply to web/Chrome games too but judging by the rumors I'm sure it will. http://venturebeat.com/2012/03/06/google-promises-a-unified-social-and-mobile-game-platform/

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.coffey David M. Coffey

    epic read, and i love how the guys at androidcentral gave you all a lot of love about this write up.

  • Arron Bailey

    The latest play services is on aptoide, all over it actually

  • Ray

    How do we know when the play services will update? Does it show up in Google Play like all other apps?

    I only ask because I don't think I've seen an update for Play Services before.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      Yes it will. You'll get a notification on your device, prompting you to update it,

      • http://www.facebook.com/DanielMcKenzieJTraynor Daniel McKenzie J. Traynor

        Not always! It updates in the background!

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          Depends if you've marked it as auto-update or not.

      • Ray

        Thanks. :)

  • I-Troll-U

    Mine just updated

    • Nasko Hristov

      What did you do? Where are you from?

  • GazaIan

    Android Police... I love you.

  • Not always on #dealwithit

    I'm not really impressed because all the games I play have no need for leader boards since they are offline and i'm not some arrogant ass who needs to show off how "awesome" I think I am at any game, cloud saving since I rooted my phone and have Titanium Backup so I see no point in saving things to the cloud and all the games I play are either on an emulator which isn't online to begin with or just some niche Japanese game that no one has heard of.

    Honestly this just seems like the trophy stuff from the PS3 that no one really cared about since its not everyone likes being always on and multplayer gaming all the time.

    • Michael Lee

      Then it's simply not for you. I, for one, will love this. :)

      • Not always on #dealwithit

        Have fun showing off to your friends and annoying the hell out of them.

        • Nasko Hristov

          It is not fir showing only, imagine for example Sims you have created a whole neighborhood and at some point BOOM, everything gone. You can still save games which are not multiplayer I mean. :) I hope you get the point. /Sims is just an example/

          • Not always on #dealwithit

            I have Titanium Backup for stuff like that so there is zero things this service can possibly offer apart from annoying DRM forcing you to be always online or just have people bombard you with their bragging.

            The only way I can ever see this being helpful is only for those not as tech savvy and don't want to root their device.

          • Nasko Hristov

            Plus this app comes with the phone /from now on/, so that's two reasons this will make our live easier.

          • Not always on #dealwithit

            You mean the Google service thing?

            I always uninstalled that because it doesn't seem to do anything on CM10.1.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Nothing is what it seems..

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            I'm no tech expert, but I do do a lot of tech things if I can get away with it. Rooting my phone is NOT part of it. I am happy about my device at it is, I don't want to over-complicate it by rooting it.

          • Nasko Hristov

            I cannot say that I am a tech, but I liked to root and flash custom roms on my previous phones since I get my Gnex I no longer like to touch anything. Clean and smooth. I Ann tired of backuping flashing rooting and etc.

          • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

            ...which is 95% of the smartphone toting public y'know...

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            why are you talking cloud saves, when he mentions the leaderboards and bragging posts as the problem?

          • Nasko Hristov

            I am pointing the good things for him.

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          You didn't read the part where it said the posts could be hidden from every but yourself. I see a less problem than what's going on over at facebook.

        • JAD88

          you must be fun at parties

          • Could be Anyone

            Lol i'm not some hipster that needs to show off to others in order to boost my self esteem.

          • JAD88

            then it's a good thing no one is making you. Google's not going to force you to tell all of your friends about the games you're playing.

    • IncCo

      Because everyone in the whole world is rooted and uses TB? NO. Not even close. Do you think google develops things just for you or what? A more arrogant comment is hard to find.

      • Could be Anyone

        And everyone enjoys bragging rights and DRM in gaming. Seriously this opens up the potential for "always on" for single player game and as adam orth found out no real gamer wants that.

        • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

          ...But it's on a SMARTPHONE or TABLET, which are ALWAYS ON anyway... That's the point of having them...to be connected to the networks you communicate on. Consoles and PC games are different animals IMO-- plus they have things called MEMORY CARDS and HARD DRIVES that game saves can easily save to and be taken to a different device... Some smartphones and tablets--don't.

          I personally don't wanna have to fire up Titanium Backup to move my game progress from my GNote 2 to my ASUS tablet each time I progress in Angry Birds...

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Fellow Note II owner here - have you read up on if this phone will get the Play Games as one of the first phones?

          • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

            I'd be totally surprised if one of the most popular phones and enjoy the ecosystem didn't support it in the beginning.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            So many people says to me it's such a big phone, so I was actually starting to wonder how popular it was. I'm crossing my fingers. We should also be getting 4.2 soon, right?

          • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

            Well I know you see it all over the mobile phone capital of the world-- Tokyo. The big display, yet easy to slip in a bag or jacket pocket "phablet" is popular. Great to use on our crowded trains. And the battery lasts all day with heavy use. Best Phone Ever.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Don't get me wrong. I love it. It's the first time I've had a phone for 3+ months where I haven't looked back and regretted it or being tempted by other phones. Other than the S4 which have had me slightly interested. Only Note III will be able to make me look for a new purchase. And I am hoping it will be a while before that happens.

          • Could be Anyone

            Since when is it compulsory to have your phone always on when it waste the battery and data for nothing. I only turn on any wireless service when I need to not just to keep it always on because I frankly have other things that occupy my life outside of the internet.

          • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

            ...that's not what I meant. Obviously if you're playing a game that didn't require any multi-player, notifications or ranking then you can be in airplane mode--Just like any game ever on iOS with it's Game Center.
            My point was--unlike a console system which can be bought by people who don't have internet at home, a phone comes with it's own internet-- so at some point, you WILL connect and sync up with the cloud. And at that point, your score, ranking, and achievements will sync alongside your emails, contacts, etc.

          • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

            ...you're not understanding my point. Of course you should be able to play the game in Airplane Mode or whatever. But when it's time to save, you can sync it to the cloud like you would when checking mail or websurfing. ...'cause that's how iOS Game Center works too...

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          PC games and mobile games cater to different target groups, there's no person in the world that would disagree with a mobile phone getting always online- I don't know of a single game on play store that doesn't, actually.

          • Could be Anyone

            Only a few select people like having any of their device always online and have the money to do so, try finding people in australia that keeps their device always on and not complain about their bill.

            Then obviously you haven't looked hard enough because I have some of those games on my phone and I don't need to be online to play them.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            You're talking about the outback with bad connection and pricey internet. That I do understand. But try go into the city, Melbourne or Sydney and ask if people do the same as you, turning off your wireless and data on their phones. They don't, trust me.

          • Could be Anyone

            Mate if you are anywhere else that isn't the city like the outer suburbs the internet is still pricey so it is still a matter of if you are willing to spend a lot money keeping all your devices always on.

            Some think the NBN will solve this problem but it doesn't change that the telcos won't drop their prices for even small data usage which I found out the hard way.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Australia isn't the only country in the world you know. 80% of the people in my country have decent internet, and only a few small spots around the country that doesn't have phone coverage.

          • Could be Anyone

            Its not that there isn't coverage but its the price that you get charged for it because its hardly cheap and you have to have a pretty damn good contract or have enough money to pay those bills.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            I was talking about price as well. It's cheaper when the ecosystem is in place and it is where I am.

          • Could be Anyone

            Ah sorry must've misread. Well your lucky since in the suburbs here its pretty expensive just for home internet let alone a good data plan for a low price.

  • Jeremy Dougherty

    I am pretty stoked about saving games in the cloud. How many of you have got far in a game and lost the progress somehow. Then you never play the game again. Exactly why it is going to be great.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      Yeah, I had to move my Cut the Rope save from my tablet to my new phone. It took a little while and google drive, but I made it work non the less. Cloud saving could make it way easier.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      totally. this may make me dust off my tablet again

  • Oniros

    Finally Cloud Saves!

  • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

    And then Google, Microsoft and Apple will join all these game points into one big score. No? Okay.

  • Himmat Singh

    Any chance of an APK?

  • predicted

    Google box

  • Ittiam

    AP is the best

  • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

    Comon Google, do the right thing. Google Play Games with a $5/month unlimited gaming subscription (let Google Play Game developers opt-in and/or opt-out).

    Google can have 100 million Google Play Games/Apps subscribers in a year (5-10% of all Android users), that's potentially $6 Billion per year for developers, leap-frogging game developer revenues from Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Apple platforms within a year!

    • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe

      That would be EPIC. And the first hardware maker to create a DS/PSP killer gets my $.

    • Grimmjow

      $5/month for every game? Or if this is just for the platform, then that money would go to Google's pocket right?

      • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

        Nah there isn't any money for those who control app stores to be made on the app store itself. Google makes money elsewhere as people use the web and the ecosystem more. Google should declare 95% of Google Play revenue including 95% of this $5/month game/app subscription should go to developpers. Thus Google can take a 5% processing/hosting/etc fee. 100 million $5/month subscribers is $6 Billion per year, plenty enough to fund the worlds best games and apps.

        • Grimmjow

          well $5/month per game is a lot to ask. Personally, i think they should lower down their share for apps & games as well to something like 10 or 20%. Probably a little more than the transaction processing charges.

          • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

            $5/month for all games, $5/month is for unlimited gaming. No more paid games, they'd just all be included in the $5/month. And the current free games can also get paid from this subscription automatically. Preferably games can then remove advertising from within them, and also remove in-game payments, but if they want they can still keep advertising and in-game payments stuff. If a game developer for some reason does not want payment from that $6 Billion per year money, they can opt-out, and if they want decide to remain a paid-only game or app.

            I think Google should also do same $5/month for music/audiobooks/podcasts, $5/month for movies/tv/youtube and $5/month for unlimited ebooks/articles/blogging, people can thus pay $20/month for unlimited everything in Google Play store. But also unlimited everywhere on the web. This can include all webapps, all apps in general, and all games not only within Android. With 100 million people paying $20/month for unlimited everything, Google can collect $24 Billion per year, surely that's plenty enough to finance a huge amount of all creative content creation. Game devs for example get paid based on how many installs, and based on how many seconds people spend playing the game, and based on how highly rated people rate that game, Google can measure that quite reliably. Same thing for all other types of content, Google has a good idea how popular and how high quality each piece of content is and thus how much money each content creator should get paid.

          • Grimmjow

            so if there are 10,000 games on Play Games, everybody gets an equal piece of that subscription fees irrespective of what game? I don't think you can make it work that way.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            I'd be happy to make some crappy minigame, perhaps even background picture app, to get a share in that money.

            No, not gonna fly, I concur with you. Great games should earn more money than crap games. Simple. If everyone gets equel, no matter the quality (and the work behind) we will quickly, very quickly, see a big decrease in quality content on android.

          • badideas

            $60 a year is obviously a lot more than these people spend on games currently, why are they suddenly spending a lot more? Payout share based on metrics sounds like a good way to incentivise terrible games that optimise those metrics, also.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            I think he meant 5 bucks a month for being able to play maybe 20 or 50 games that otherwise would cost a few bucks to buy.

        • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

          Are you guessing the system, or do you know that this is how it works? Google get's nothing when an app gets purchased through the app store?

          I've heard otherwise.

  • Elvin

    This really can make me play games on my phone. :)

  • Rob Mahon

    Why I think we'll see a re-release of the Nexus Q as a Game AND Media device. Google's wising up to needing a kickbum gaming system too, the demand of the ouya is proof that people want this stuff, and having an easier built in gaming system can only be a good thing. Here's to hoping standardised gamepad support on more games too.

  • http://www.jlgatewood.com/ J.L. “J7″ Gatewood StarrWulfe
  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Hah, was going through the I/O app last night and noticed how there are a lot of gaming-related sessions, and a couple hours later you guys posted this. Very nice to see Google finally bringing this to Android, but I hope Google has some something about performance as well. We still aren't getting full-fledged graphics like iOS nor that performance on Android in high-end games, so hopefully Google is doing something about that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafaelgaiarsa Rafael Gaiarsa

    > The big question I have right now is, "is this all there is"?

    Really? I think this is a fuckload already. I mean, assuming it works.

  • http://lupine.cc/ Maciej Wilczyński

    Hey, if you don't share an APK with us, could you tell us the target SDK version from the Manifest?

    • Enno Steppat
      • http://lupine.cc/ Maciej Wilczyński

        Still Android 4.2, hmm.

        • Enno Steppat

          a little bit disappointing ...

    • Hiren Vasani
  • Nasko Hristov

    How about availability, is it going to be international?

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      I fucking hope so...

  • Autoreiv

    So… we're getting apple's Game Center?

  • Moosa Mahsoom

    Hell yeah! What do you apple fans have to say now? I am not anti-apple......

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        Why did this get a thumbs up?

  • FortTech101

    I have threw Play Services, but I don't see Play Games.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      threw?

      • FortTech101

        Stupid autocorrect. I meant to say "the new" .

  • jah06

    i install the new google play services but i don't have the icons "play games" i think i need to wait the google I/O, i don't see in the phone a solution for activate it. i'm in fance

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      Thanks for the headsup, I was hoping to get the icon and see it in action. I won't install the apk shared here - yet.

  • http://childof1984.blogspot.co.uk/ Donatello Brown

    I'm very excited about Android's evolution. It just keeps improving at an amazing pace. Well done, Google and thanks Ron for the breakdown.

  • ppero196
  • PortableGamingRegion

    The fact that Google is finally taking Android gaming more seriously fills our hearts with joy.

  • mark

    To what extent is Google+ account required? Sorry Google, I don't want to be forced into Google+, all the while you have your dumb (and poorly implemented) "real name" policy. On Windows Games/X-Box, I can sign up with any old email address and pseudonym. I'm an Android fan, but already I've seen Google force Google+ on people to review/rate Google Play apps, and I worry we're going to see more services require Google+.

    • Nasko Hristov

      I don't see where is the problem, chesus people, make that stupid account, and do not post there, put some sh%t picture and never go in. Why are you so complicated about that, google+ is 1 quadrillion times better then that crappy facebook and on top of that you can do that with one e-mail, one for youtube, android, gmail, keep, currents, google play, drive, google+ should I continue?

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        I like my google account and how much I can use it for, but boy I was disappointed about the number of games. None of them looked interested enough to start.

        • Nasko Hristov

          What games? We talking about Google+ account generally.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            I am talking about the games on google+ website. It's under "more" then "games". Why they just didn't implement the chrome store into plus beats me...

          • Nasko Hristov

            Yeah, but aren't these games running flash?

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            So does the games on the Chrome Store.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      Yeah, I wasn't happy to be forced to use my G+ acc to review apps, but people will get used to it with time.

  • Pete Van Wattingen

    Awesome but most of my games were unlocked via the Humble Bundles and not in the play store. Would be awesome if they had a key or gifting option to get those unlocked.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      Some of my apps I've gotten through Humble Bundle gets updates via the Play Store, so there might be slight a chance that these will work with Play Games as well.

  • mark

    I think that one of the things holding back gaming on mobile devices is the storage space. I mean, the CPU/GPU technology is only about 5-10 years behind desktop PCs, but most games seem comparable with mid-1990s games at best. Perhaps that's partly economics (would people pay £30 for a mobile game?), but it's also a problem that the high-end modern games take up 1GB or more of space due to all the content. Not many of those will fit on an 8 or 16GB phone/tablet.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      It's only a few android apps that are as big as 1GB. Storage is not the problem here, unless you download a shit load of apps you're not gonna use anyway (Did that on my tablet, did otherwise with my phone, but mostly due to the android wishlist getting online)

  • Nasko Hristov

    Mine just updated, no sign of Play games.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      What device?

      • Nasko Hristov

        Gnex and Acer Iconia Tab A510, uninstall updates and than install through chrome on the device itself. Still no play games, maybe they will send it through Google play store idk.

  • http://twitter.com/SeanPaulK Sean-Paul Kearns

    hmm..in Wellington, NZ and im getting the standard message of: "This item cannot be installed in your device's country"

  • http://twitter.com/m_sahai Jiggy

    I'm waiting for Part 2. :-/

  • pankomputerek

    I'm guessing Google+ integration.
    Also cross-device game saves would be amazing.

  • Jorge

    SpeedX 3D has some code already

  • Matthew A

    I hope this can make things like world wide score boards a little easier for small developers to implement. Do Google provide any services in this area already. Like server hosting for databases to store android games high scores and in games purchase data etc

    • Nasko Hristov

      Yep, one that play games need is huge announcement and commercial with let's say GTA SA or IV, or other game, no more lost games. It sounds amazing let's hope it will be.

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        wut. We're talking about mobile games, you're taking about console games.

        • Nasko Hristov

          No, no I am talking about mobile games, they have to include some games to show on the I/O how it will work and so on, so I am saying that it will be good commercial for the product /play games/.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            So you believe they will show off GTA SA and IV for mobile phones? Dream on. Not gonna happen. Vice City JUST came out, it will be a year or two before we'll see SA. GTA IV is way too heavy to be playable on phones, so...

            But they will show games on I/O, that's for sure.

          • Nasko Hristov

            I gave them for example, better be very big game so more audience will play it=more people to commercialize it

  • jimmy

    i really dont care about social gaming, to me all these features don't really impress me. I really hope Google finds a way for iOS game developers to convert their games to android. Also, i hope they focus on making google play store better, and more like the apple app store. Apple's app store still continues to get the majority of games today. Most dont get to android at all, i.e. sonic dash. This is something that must change.

    • Nasko Hristov

      Indeed must change, but I don't see how, today let's say they're are 100 000 models of Android phones. How, for example small company will make a game for that amount of phones with resolutions from 320x480 up to 1920x1080. I know only two-three companies capable of that, but still none of them wants to spend such amount of money. However, there is an event in I/O, about games graphics so I hope there's going to be changes, we'll see...2 days left.

      • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

        If google sets standards, even 3 different standards, for phones running Android, that could be a huge change of pace and leap for developers actually...

        • Nasko Hristov

          Yeah, but less phones with android will be made, that is the point of the free OS.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            Agreed, but the bigger companies will still be making them, and isn't that what counts?

          • Nasko Hristov

            Indeed, but to be big comapny means that you have been a small one, so that is monopoly, there will be 5 companies for example and Android phones will be less that iPhones or other.

          • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

            I'd be fine with having 5 to 10 companies making Android phones, and that won't make them less than iPhones which by the way only are manufactured by ONE brand.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      Perhaps, but there's a buttload of games on Android that don't appear on iTunes. It goes both ways, and essentially it's down to each developer which platform they will publish their game on.

  • http://twitter.com/Zanzar Zanza

    so is google+ account required for all this?

    • Nasko Hristov

      Yep. All friends I have there will be automatically friends in the games we play, isn't that sweet?

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    Did someone saw that http://www.lounge.andlabs.com ?

  • Verne Ornitier

    Usually Google's a step behind in terms of integrating features like this.

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  • Matthew Fry

    Just realized that that there is a separate games section in the play store. When did that happen? The icon on the game button is this very icon.

    • http://gamingirl.com Twinkling82

      I see it too, but I expect medals/achievements soon! :p

  • Billy

    Looks like the Google Play link is active and lets you upgrade...although I don't see anything new on my phone yet... :(
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gms&hl=en

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