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Gaming on Android right now is booming, but it's still less than ideal. It's an attractive proposition to play games to go using a device you're already going to have with you, but very few of us keep our phones for as long as we would hold on to a Nintendo 3DS or even an old Game Boy. Sooner than later, we'll be upgrading to a new phone, but before that even happens, many of us will also pick up a new tablet that, if you're reading this blog, will likely ship with Android. What then do we do with those old games we've racked up high scores with on a previous device?

For most games, you're out of luck, but Google Play Games offers a potential solution to this situation by synchronizing game saves across devices, and the latest update makes it possible to store even larger game saves in the cloud.

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Developers can now store up to 256KB per game save slot and up to 1MB per users, double the previous limit of 512KB. Not every game supports this feature, but Reaper does, and this is even more of a reason to give that stellar game a try.

Game developers can now see statistics about player activity for each of their games within the Developer Console. You can see how many people have signed into your game using Google, see the percentage of players who have unlocked achievements, and see how many scores have been posted to leaderboards. The Developer Console will also now display alerts when it appears you've made a mistake, helping save both you and your players from potential heartache.

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As usual, you can get all the details by heading over to the Android Developers blog. Just hit up the source link below.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Guest

    How can you reach 1MB with three slots á 256KB? ;-)

    • Guest

      Never mind. Noticed that there're four slots.

  • Rehan Ahmed

    APK please? Google is racist as it still hasn't releasing Google Play Games internationally. :(

    • Thomas’

      This is a Play Game *services* update, not Play Game App. There's no APK.

      • Rehan Ahmed

        Oh ok, my bad!

    • Grimmjow

      didn't read.

    • Nomaan

      What are you talking about? Google play games is available internationally since day one. I am using it in india.
      Have you tried googling it from your browser and opening the play store link from search results using play store? It might be incompatible with your phone or unavailable in your country

      • Rehan Ahmed

        Nah, unavailable in my country! Have opened it using desktop browser, mobile browser and the Google Play app. Says "Not available in my country".
        Ended up downloading the APK for Google Play Games...

      • Ismail Gumuskesen

        it's unavailable in Turkey, too.

    • qf

      You, sir, are a moron.

  • Grimmjow

    No one is using cloud save. mostly leadership boards and achievements.

  • Ivan Martinez

    Games that currently support Cloud Save through Google Play Games Services:

    https://plus.google.com/112714901889383767366/posts/gh6omy8t5kC

    • Frontline Commando: D-Day
    • Reaper
    • Marble Blast - Zodiac Online
    • Jewels 2
    • Sheep Happens
    • The Square - Puzzle Game
    • Cyclone 2000
    • Space Saw
    • Riptide GP2
    • Need A Hero
    • Slingshot Racing
    • FallDown HD
    • Arkanoid style game - Krakoid
    • Quell Reflect+

    • Josh Haug

      And ETERNITY WARRIORS 2

      • Ivan Martinez

        Thomas & Josh -- thanks guys, I've updated my list that's linked above

    • Thomas’

      Also

      * Sprinkle Island
      * Beach Buggy Blitz
      * Wind-up Knight

    • mgamerz

      TimeSurfers syncs your scores and unlocks as well, worked on my phone and tablet. That game is great, love it.

  • impulse101

    I have been using the same game save between 7 different devices now over the years. You just use Titanium Backup and transfer your data over to your new phone/tablet, so while Play Game Services is great it's not something that was needed to keep your saves. It's more beneficial for syncing saves between 2 devices that you are using currently.

    • gk1984

      This requires root and the majority of people don't root. The majority of people HERE do root, but your average person doesn't. Also, this is a headache if you own multiple devices and want to sync.

      I like to play games on my tablet at home, but when I'm out and don't want to carry my tablet with me, I'll play on my phone. But wait... I have to start over because the game developer didn't allow sync...

      • Krzysztof Jozwik

        Helium?

        • PHnoD

          Unfortunately, Helium is not a real backup application, but rather a front-end for Android's built-in backup mechanism (via adb). Because of this it is really not a 100% safe backup/sync method at all - in my experience it only works with some apps and only on some devices, and then with other apps on other devices (very random). This is not to badmouth Helium though, it is just that Android's internal backup is crap atm :( I really hope that Google fixes this in some future Android version, but I am not holding my breath - instead I root :D

  • gk1984

    Why is this not added in to most games? I generally see achievements and leaderboards (as mentioned before). And when I ask developers to include this, they respond with "___ game doesn't support this." Stop being lazy and build it - or explain to me that your game saves are too large for this to be possible.

  • QwietStorm

    Any word on native full system cloud backup and restore in 4.4?

  • Cherokee4Life

    Does ANYBODY know how to search on Google Play for games that are supported by Google Play Games. Like how do you search for all games that have achievements or cloud saves. I can't for the life of me figure it out.

  • My name is….

    I cant figure out why devs aint using it.
    For example RR3 uses your google/facebook id to backup but not Google Play Games.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    "256KB per game save slot" considering we get 15GB free per account for Gmail/Drive, does anything think this is a bit low? Why can't it just eat into my Drive storage and support games with larger saves?
    Any devs on here who think 256KB is a bit small for a save?

    • Matthew Fry

      I agree that syncing to drive storage would be ideal. Nobody cares more about your saves than you so I think it should be attached to you, not in some cloud server associated with the game which could end up removed.

  • CatheyBarrett

    so amazing...how can you earn so much only in 1 hour? b­ℴ­w­6­.­ℂ­o­m

  • ssam

    A lot of games still do not support the whole idea of google play games

    Lazy developers

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