Code points to a new Android Gaming service on the way from Google

Code points to a new Android Gaming service on the way from Google
This is one of the more strange stories we've come across today. Not because of the news itself, it sounds pretty awesome that Android could finally be getting a centralized Gaming service similar to Apple's Game Center. The strange thing is that the reveal comes from the APK code of MyGlass, the Google Glass companion app. As you might expect, the MyGlass APK got the usual teardown treatment from the guys over at Android Police (AP), and this time the code revealed something quite unexpected. 

According to AP, when a Google app is released, it will pull from a pool of Google Play Service (formerly Google Mobile Services, so the acronym is still GMS) and include only the services needed. So, if an app needs Google+ integration, or Wallet integration, it will pull those files, pack them up, add them to the APK and send it off to the Play Store. Except, for some reason, the MyGlass app included all of the GMS files, rather than just the necessary ones

This led to the inclusion of files for services that don't even exist, specifically a new Google Games platform for Android which looks like it will include real-time and turn-based multiplayer, invitations, in-game chat, lobbies, leaderboards, and achievements. The name isn't official, but based on the files found, the functionality is all there, and would just need the servers to work. 

Obviously, there's no word on a release, but this seems like the perfect product to get the full announcement for developers at Google I/O, which isn't too far off. Maybe it's part of Android Key Lime Pie?

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12 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

um, two words. hell. yes. o.o

2. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I wonder how Sony is feeling about all of this... nVidia TegraZone, Microsoft's own Windows platform, and Samsung partnering with cloud gaming companies for their own service. So far, Sony hasn't done all too well pushing their own mobile game service/system. I wonder how they'll respond to even more competition?

3. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

ya but they have PlayStation certified moniker. may be there will be a PlayStation certified section under this new Google games. they have exclusive relation with many big names of computer gaming so it will be a lot easier to differentiate from other OEMS.

4. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

It's just about time. A lot of high-potential games are coming out.

5. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

this is the only thing android was missing and iOS had the advantage of it ! Cant wait :D

6. Jcdz100

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Nice..

7. dakota30312

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

I honestly don't understand what this means. What services would I get if google did launch a game lobby? What would be different than just playing games from google play?

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

few more weeks TILL KEY LIME :)

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

hopefully this service includes free cloud game saves. Its pretty annoying to lose your saved progress when going from one phone to another.

10. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

ABOUT FREAKING TIME...

11. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

GAMERTAGS LINKED TO GOOGLE..

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What about those devices that wont be running Key Lime Pie and are running Jelly Bean or ICS ? Will they be getting these service ?

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