Google Play Games leaks ahead of Google I/O

Google Play Games leaks ahead of Google I/O
We've seen leaks before that point to a unified gaming service by Google that is likely to be announced at Google I/O in just a few days, and now it looks like there is proof that the service is on the way, because the good guys over at Android Police have received a leaked APK for Google Play Games, and as is their way, they have done a teardown of the APK to see what secrets it holds.

An APK teardown of the MyGlass app is how Android Police first broke the news that the service was on its way, and the Google Play Games APK has some interesting news as well. That original teardown showed that the service would likely include real-time and turn-based multiplayer, invitations, in-game chat, lobbies, leaderboards, and achievements. 

The new teardown of the Google Play Games APK has uncovered some new info, most importantly that the new service will include syncing game saves. This is a big one, because cloud backup of game saves has been on the wishlists of many Android users for years now, and it looks to finally be coming. Play Games also has the usual notifications for game invitations, etc. Notifications are controlled by Google+ Circles, so you don't spam your friends, and you also don't see notifications from unwanted sources.

The APK also shows that there will be icon branding, so you can easily see which games support Play Games. Other than that, the teardown just confirmed what we had already heard, including multiplayer matchmaking, in-game chat, leaderboards, lobbies, and achievements. 

Now, all we need is an official release.

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21 Comments

1. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

awesome! Can'r wait for Google I/O !!!! :D

5. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

can't*. Forgive me, r is next to t.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think this will help Google compete with console gaming, where they have Steam, PSN, XBox Live,... Good to see in game chat finally coming to mobile gaming, as well as cloud syncing.

2. ideal_josh

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Awsome, thats all i can say

3. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

So this is suppose to like Xbox live or Sony online stuff

6. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Seems more like a Facebook sync.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Actually with life games is looking more like something more robust

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Xbox LIVE is probably the best comparison

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

This is almost same as game center for iOS, isn't it?

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Or like Xbox live or like the one on the Wii or like the one on the play station we sure don't know yet for sure

20. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

That's pretty bold to compare it to Xbox Live! But I don't doubt that Google could achieve it. Plus, Live costs money, but I bet this will be free! :)

4. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Alright! the save game feature is HUGE! I can't wait!!!!

9. yt6nin

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Especially, cloud game save as a "backup". Rooting the device first time with a significant amount of game play will especially be happy, if the data can be successfully and smoothly retreived afterwards.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They should beef their graphic api and standardize their game pad control.

10. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

super excited for this, especially to back up my Galaxy on Fire 2 progress that I've been able to do on my Nexus 4. would hate for my phone to take a dump and then have to start all over again!!!

14. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Playground sounded cooler. I really hoped android games would feature psn integration, but all this is damn fine to me

15. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

This is very exciting, because Google have to compete with Apple. :)

16. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

This just put a smile on my face. Can't wait.

17. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Ah, finally..

18. loganryan

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Like it +1

19. king_of_lions

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

can't wait!!

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