Android's gaming service gets a fake invitation with a cool name (Google Playground)

Android's gaming service gets a fake invitation with a cool name (Google Playground)
There has been mounting evidence that Google is planning to announce a new gaming service for Android that will be in the same vein as Xbox LIVE. We first saw some files accidentally packaged in the MyGlass APK, and then the Google I/O schedule came out and had a number of sessions on Android games, including multiplayer gaming. So, we're primed to find out more, but someone is trying to pull a fast one with a fake invitation for a press conference for the service.

The evidence here was flimsy to start, and even the original source, Android Guys, has reservations about the validity. The problems with the image are as follows: 1) There is no evidence that it came from Google's PR team, or really any clue where it came from at all. 2) This close to Google I/O, if there were an announcement planned for 9AM on the conference's opening day, we'd probably have better evidence for it. 3) You might think we should lead with this: the image is 100% shopped, and it isn't even a good one. 

You could look at the pixels and see the digital dirt, but we prefer to use FotoForensics (the more colorful the ELA, the more editing that has been done). As you can see, the image is totally fake. 

All that said, we do kind of like the name Google Playground for the service, so we wouldn't mind if that turned out to be real. 

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2 Comments

1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Just amateurs wanting page views.

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That is the one thing I miss about having an Apple phone. Love competing with friends for achievement points

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