Today, Google announced Google Play game services that brings a suite of new features that game developers can integrate into their titles. The biggest of them is cloud data sync. Game developers can sync their players' progress across devices and platforms. Yes, this feature works on Android and iOS. This is hot.


In addition to cloud data sync, the suite of services also brings achievements and leaderboards. Any game can now tap into a unified system for showing off your accomplishments. If you want a more personal grandstanding experience, Google also introduced both live and turn-based multiplayer features for game developers to utilize. Awesome.

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Already, Triple Town, Modern Combat 4, and Eufloria HD have pushed updates to their apps that support the new features. But what do you have to do to get access? Well, as long as you have Android 2.2 or higher, all you need to do is update Google Play Services. That update is rolling out today. This is a fantastic approach to new features, as it unbundles new APIs and framework functions from the OS itself. Google is clearly as frustrated with the update process as we are and the crusade to remove as much of the Google pieces from Android as possible continues.

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

    so excited about the cloud saves. it's going to take something magical to beat this announcement!

    as others have said though, i wonder how this will work with humble bundle versions of games, like eufloria

  • ProductFRED

    Finally. It was always annoying how some games like Grand Theft Auto would have their save files on the SD card/internal storage (good), but most games would keep their games on the /data partition, where they'll be lost when you do a factory reset (bad).

    • CrazyPaladin

      That being said, I abosoulty HATE apps that create a folder under the root of the SD card. Seriously developers, why did you do this, you think this is M$ Windows that you just throw everything in My Documents?

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Too pitty the beta game crashed during the keynote :(

  • http://profiles.google.com/seanjferguson87 Sean Ferguson

    Triple Town has just been updated to support Play Games.

  • Łukasz Zając

    Gaming service on a touchscreen devices has a pad icon. Ironic.

    • Andreas Daniel Arifin

      Don't you know this, http://shield.nvidia.com/ ?

    • http://twitter.com/Knef Knef

      Wait until you see the Play Books icon.

      • Łukasz Zając

        I know there are unspoken rules about digital iconography like save icon representing a floppy, but it just punched me in the face that even when there is nearly zero chances that we'll be using pads with most Android games [OUYA maybe,] the icon will be pad-like.

  • Nicholas Burress

    Add Wind-up Knight to that list! So happy Google has finally released this and can't wait to see the rest of the games support this.

  • IncCo

    Osmos HD has gotten updated as well with multiplayer support !

  • Bariman43

    WHAT. THIS IS AWESOME. This is DEFINITELY going to make mobile gaming a real competitor in the gaming industry, no doubt about it.

    • harhar

      uh, no it won't. as long as mobile games are nothing but in-app purchases and wastes of time to occupy you while you shit, no, mobile gaming will never compete with REAL gaming

  • anerik

    Among with Kingdom Rush release! Could this day get any better? Oh wait, SwiftKey is half price off! lol

  • Miqu December

    Chip Chain also updated with leaderboards and achievements

  • ppero196

    And World of Goo. Achievment system FTW

    • ChainsawCharlie

      I take any excuse to play that amazing game again!

      • jayson morales

        I share that sentiment. BUT would it work if say you bought WoG from the amazon store to play on your N7. which is the case with me. id test it myself but haven't gotten to update yet :(

  • Brad

    SSG 2 has been updated too.

  • ppero196

    It can be random

  • ppero196

    I have World of Goo screenshots on my Twitter profile (@markmagnus)

  • Trenton Seagoe

    When you say to update the Services.. You mean what and how to do it?

  • Kevin G. Sanchez

    I wish I didn't have to sign-in everytime I open a new game app. It should sign me in automatically.

  • Victor Shocot
  • Guest

    Super Stickman Golf 2 got it!

  • Matthew Fry

    Wait... so Google is getting into the iOS device syncing business? Or does it just interface with the Apple syncing?

  • Steve

    cant find the play games app..?

  • http://www.facebook.com/krzysztof.gicala Krzysztof Gicala

    Can someone give a link to download the update? Still doesn't show up on my phone or tablet

  • Could be Anyone

    Never used Sony's online achievement or whatever it was called on PSN so I really ca't see myself using this.

  • Le Strat Matthieu

    I downloaded World of Goo on my Nexus 7 yesterday and completed a few levels.
    Then downloaded it today on my Galaxy Nexus and I can't get my porgress to show up
    There's no option to sync the save on my tablet with the app on my phone.
    So far I'd say cloud save doesn't work for this game.

    • Kevin G. Sanchez

      I believe the developer has to add the cloud service feature to their app.

  • Funem

    Hmmm just a thought but what about the Ouya console, they don't use the play store so I guess they wont get achievements, which is ironic as its more a console than a phone/tablet is and achievements relating to gaming accounts were mainly console based.

  • Damon

    So Google Play Services updated but no sign of the Play Games app anywhere.

  • Paul

    This article is incorrect, asynchronous (turn-based) multiplayer is not available.