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Google Play Games has done wonders to tie game scores and achievements to our Google+ profiles and show us who's kicking the most butt in any particular title. Yet information has thus far been scattered across individual apps and Google+, limiting the value of the experience. Today Google is rolling out a standalone app consolidating all of this content in one place.

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The new app can display achievements unlocked in individual games, those that a player has yet to unlock, and leaderboards for every different map within a specific game. You can launch games directly from within the app or hop over to the Play Store to buy more. Users can also view people in their networks and see what their favorite games are. Google Play Games was already a social experience - now it's just less private about it.

The dedicated app just presents the information, while the content will still be handled in the background by Google Play Services. Users can get their hands on the app when it hits Google Play later today or experience it preinstalled on the new Nexus 7.

Update: The app is now available. If it's not yet in your country, here's the APK.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • mesmorino

    "Google Play Games has done wonders to tie game scores and achievements
    to our Google+ profiles and show us who's kicking the most butt in any
    particular title"

    Wait, what? What game scores? What achievements? Where?

    • Carlos Rodríguez

      Are you living under a rock??

      Since the IO the developed Google Play integration in games to have leaderboards and achievements in games.

      This apps just shows all the leaderboards in all the games you have.

      Cheers!

      • George Tunaya III

        I really like how you started sounding really douchey at the start...but you ended it with Cheers so I guess it's ok.

        NO IT'S NOT. CHEERS :D

      • mesmorino

        I like the way you answered the question without answering the question. No really, I do.

        Does anyone else want to actually please provide some useful information? Like where this information is?

        Thank you.

    • guyfromtrinidad

      World of Goo, Plague inc, Stickman Golf 2, 7x7, Riptide Gp 2 to name a few.

      • Sinistar83

        I Need a Hero just added support for it as well with cloud save feature too. Works great between my tab and phone.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I'm with @disqus_UtTdr5C2Uy:disqus here, the Play integration has been there for a while but it takes time for the developers to put it in to their apps IF they will do it. Keep in mind that there are other setups similar to play Games that do much of the same thing OpenFeint comes to mind.

      • mesmorino

        I'm just getting more confused here. I don't have anything on my phone showing either google play services, or google play games, and neither of those are on my g+ profile either. So when you say "play integration", I really have no idea what you're talking about. I can't even replicate the screenshots in the article

        • JTAKER

          The app shown in the article isn't released yet...

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            yeah but you could see all the same information from within the game itself. the app just shows you all the data in one place.

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            update....it's there

          • mesmorino

            Ohhh I get it now. Thanks dude

          • mesmorino

            Ah right, thanks

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          @guyfromtrinidad:disqus gave you a list. But here it goes "World of Goo, Plague inc, Stickman Golf 2, 7x7, Riptide Gp 2" also I am going to add that you need to also have the latest play services. what phone do you have?

          • mesmorino

            oops, missed this comment! i have a galaxy s3, running aokp jellybean 4.2.2

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            you have the same phone (and almost the same setup) that I do. have you played any of the games I mentioned?

  • Marcell Lévai

    If anyone receives/grabs the apk, please don't forget to post it here ;)

  • bydavidrosen

    i love the idea of this but on my s3 almost every time i try to log into google games on a game that supports it, it just keeps loading and loading and never finishes until i finally give up and quit the game and go back in... then sometimes i find that it logged in succesfully, or it didn't and i just don't care anymore and play the game without it.

  • miri

    It seems you have successfully willed it into existence.

  • Thomas’

    Still, they should add this information to the Google+ website.

  • Funem
  • Hal Motley

    So it's just like the Apple Game Center...

    Something I have been looking forward to for a long time since I diversified to Android and the icon makes sense, unlike iOS 7! XD

    Also this pushes us one step closer to Google's game console to kill the OUYA. Not that the OUYA should really be killed, just it's interesting to see what Google does with it.

    • Chris

      iOS 7 is in beta genius,

      • Hal Motley

        I know it's in Beta, but I doubt the icon is going change.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)
    • Funem

      Sorry not first, official link to play store posted in already in the thread :-P

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        someone wanted an APK. link to the play store is NOT an APK

  • Sinistar83

    Does anyone know if it's possible to set up a global game nickname so u don't have to use your first and last name in your profile?
    Like in super stickman golf 2 race mode uses your Google+ profile but then based mode you have to create a separate username.

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    Now Give Games the Web Store presence equal to Apps while making the Mobile/Tablet Play Games Hub content available on the web echoing 'Wishlists' (Device first - Web also later)

    Those who get "Movies & TV" could have split sections to those it is available (essentially just the US). This would mean outside the US people who have movies just get the 'Movies' section as now with the US and when others may get TV Show access an 'TV' entry but inherit from same app/apk!

  • fixxmyhead

    Meh This thing is useless since I don't have a Google + account