Google reportedly making a Game Center for Android
That’s going to change in the not-so-distant future, according to an anonymous source speaking to Business Insider. The source indicates that Google has become aware that the lack of an integrated gaming hub is hindering the gaming market on Android, so they are developing a native version to allow for better social gaming on the little green robot’s mobile OS.
An integrated social gaming hub would not only allow Google to make Android social gaming more appealing to users and developers, but Google could connect it to Google TV (version 3.0?) and online gaming via web apps offered through the Chrome Web Store and Google+’s games tab. Given Larry Page’s emphasis on making products interconnected (especially in regard to social networking) we imagine that an Android game hub would also leverage Google+ posting, to allow for frictionless online bragging about your gaming exploits.
If Google takes this route it will also allow them to match the social and mobile gaming experience that Facebook is gearing up to offer through its Facebook App Center – it’s not hard to imagine the Chrome Web Store getting merged into Google Play, leaving Google with a one-stop app and media clearing house that can go toe-to-toe with Facebook and Amazon.
When will we get our first look at this Android-ified version of a Game Center? Not surprisingly there’s no word from Google on this, but Google I/O in June isn't too far away.
source: Business Insider via Droid-Life
13. MichaelHeller posted on 10 May 2012, 16:18 7 1
Weird that Business Insider is making this sound like a scoop since Google talked about it 2 months ago.
Also, how biased was the Business Insider piece? As if Apple was the first company to ever imagine a gaming center like that. The proper chain as far as my knowledge goes would be: Steam, Xbox Live achievements, Playstation Network Trophies, OpenFeint, ScoreLoop, iOS Game Center, and now Google Games. Is there anything before Steam that I don't know about?
42. protozeloz posted on 10 May 2012, 19:38 0 0
ha! I know they been working on it for some time.
2. LordOfTroll (banned) posted on 10 May 2012, 14:50 7 14
Another copy of iOS Game Hub/Windows Phone xBox.
8. android_sucks posted on 10 May 2012, 15:50 6 8
Wow!!!! This is exactly what I was going to post!!! Kudos!!!
4. Quezdagreat posted on 10 May 2012, 15:04 5 6
Lets see what the android fans got to say about this copycat move
5. the_s2 posted on 10 May 2012, 15:11 2 0
Why dont Google just buy Open Feint? and develop the platform?
6. taco50 (banned) posted on 10 May 2012, 15:25 7 14
I suppose fandroids will say this isn't copying and google has been working on this since 2003.
On a serious note does Google have any shame?
7. aztaxia12295 posted on 10 May 2012, 15:41 10 3
is all u do troll? seriously, u have no life, sorry, people like you make ios users like me have a bad name. get off the internet for just ONE day and it will make us all happy, now go play in traffic little boy.
32. Non_Sequitur posted on 10 May 2012, 18:01 1 0
@taco50: And this comes from another iOS user.
Thanks dude, you're helping a lot.
10. wassup posted on 10 May 2012, 16:07 5 1
says the guy who is proud that his company copied Pull- Down notifications and multi-tasking from google
11. taco50 (banned) posted on 10 May 2012, 16:12 5 7
Do you really think multitasking was invented by google?!
14. mas11 posted on 10 May 2012, 16:19 6 3
And do you really think iOS was the first to have a game center type program. The Xbox 360 does everything iOS's game center does and more.
20. wassup posted on 10 May 2012, 17:00 5 2
Do you really think a game hub was invented by Apple?!
12. mas11 posted on 10 May 2012, 16:15 3 5
Well let's be honest iOS still doesn't have true multi-tasking. iOS devotes more of its processing power to the UI and your current task. That's why iOS is so smooth.
15. taco50 (banned) posted on 10 May 2012, 16:19 4 7
iOS 1.0 had multitasking. There's no such thing As "true multitasking". Multitasking just means more than one task at a time. Apple has just done it better.
16. mas11 posted on 10 May 2012, 16:29 3 1
How about you read an article on how iOS only suspends apps instead of having them run in the background like Android.http://www.extremetech.com/com
17. taco50 (banned) posted on 10 May 2012, 16:32 3 6
You're not techy enough to understand.
33. Non_Sequitur posted on 10 May 2012, 18:03 3 0
Yes there is. You can have a Gnex in each hand. :P
19. Quezdagreat posted on 10 May 2012, 16:37 5 0
What's wrong with that? Its helps you pick up where you were and it saves power. No complaints here
22. mas11 posted on 10 May 2012, 17:00 3 2
Can you bid on ebay with iOS while listening to Pandora and downloading an app at the same time?
Because that's what I'm doing right now on Android and none of my tasks slowed down or stopped while I was doing this.
24. Lucas777 posted on 10 May 2012, 17:02 3 1
um ya u can do that quite simply…
25. taco50 (banned) posted on 10 May 2012, 17:26 2 4
Yes you can. Sounds like you don't understand how iOS works.
35. gwuhua1984 posted on 10 May 2012, 18:22 2 2
Can you text and watch a movie at the same time?
Please welcome SGS3... hey... where did iPhone go...?
18. kastor posted on 10 May 2012, 16:33 0 0
yea yea since 2003,in taht preiod they could make a nuclear bomb with size of USB flash,not to open something like that
34. Non_Sequitur posted on 10 May 2012, 18:08 2 1
First of all, Google WAS working on Android since 2003.
And also, Google copying Apple? No. There are many people that have made "game centers" before. If anything, Apple copied Xbox live, Steam, et cetera.
45. Non_Sequitur posted on 11 May 2012, 06:14 0 0
Yes. Yes, I did. :-P
9. mas11 posted on 10 May 2012, 15:53 4 1
aztaxia12295 is right he makes iOS users look like complete idiots. This guy deserves a medal.
37. Lift_Off posted on 10 May 2012, 19:03 1 2
I think you're the idiot in this whole post because you thought that an iphone couldn't play pandora while "bidding on ebay" and downloading an app hahahaha
41. mas11 posted on 10 May 2012, 19:38 1 1
I could have sworn that iOS paused the download when you open another app that uses internet. Maybe I need to play around with my friend's iPhone more often.
43. Lift_Off posted on 10 May 2012, 22:14 1 1
I think my ist gen ipod touch did that... but they probably updated that since
44. mas11 posted on 11 May 2012, 01:23 1 1
That's how it worked on my friend's 3GS, I haven't played around with iOS 5.1 enough. I guess they changed it when iOS 4 came out.
26. networkdood posted on 10 May 2012, 17:35 3 2
Wow, Taco has been smoked again..by the Android community.
38. bucky posted on 10 May 2012, 19:28 2 1
Actually I have yet to see someone prove him wrong. I like the way iOS manages tasks. My YouTube vids on the sgs2 used to just restart when I went back to them after sending a text. iOS actually pauses the video exactly where I left off. Each has their strengths.
This would be classified under copying though (game centre).
40. protozeloz posted on 10 May 2012, 19:35 1 2
I dont see it named Game center (it could be related with their naming and it could be "play" branded) also I'm bot willing to tell him to shut up, he is a stupid troll ho already admitted not being tech savvy, and supposedly not interested in android.
he is just but hurt because he is still to find an excuse for every time I prove him wrong
27. networkdood posted on 10 May 2012, 17:36 1 1
I guess this would interest some people, but I am cool with the way things are as I play games for myself. If I want to play games with others, I play HALO.
28. thelegend6657 posted on 10 May 2012, 17:43 4 0
That's how this industry works .
Google copy apple
Apple copy back google .
And the cycle repeates
30. networkdood posted on 10 May 2012, 17:45 2 2
sure, but this is not copying APPLE...directly.
39. bucky posted on 10 May 2012, 19:29 1 1
Actually this is pretty directly copying in this case.
29. networkdood posted on 10 May 2012, 17:44 2 2
why the red thumbs, TACO? The truth must hurt, huh...
31. TheJackal142 posted on 10 May 2012, 17:52 3 2
Hopefully it will be better than the experience I had on apples gamecenter.