Google removes iOS support in Google Play Games Services due to low usage

Google removes iOS support in Google Play Games Services due to low usage
No, Google doesn't hate Apple, but sometimes the company must make tough decisions for the greater good. That's probably why iOS support in Google Play Games Services (GPGS) has been removed.

The Mountain View company announced today a new policy change for its Google Play games services effort that doesn't include iOS support, as well as a couple of other features that aren't used as often as Google had expected.

Apparently, Google listened to developer feedback and tracked usage before taking the decision to remove some features and start focusing its resources on other areas that would be more useful.

So, after it announced the end of support for the creation of new iOS accounts due to low usage of GPGS on iOS, Google now confirmed that its latest Native SDK release (2.3) will no longer support integration with iOS. Also, there won't be any updates to the iOS SDK released in the future.



Aside from iOS support, Google also cut support for Gifts, Requests, and Quests given the lower usage of these features. However, in order to help devs that still use these features, Google will leave them open for 12 months, deactivating them by March 31, 2018.

No new features have been announced instead of those removed, but Google promised that these changes will allow the company to focus its effort “on the services developers value most to build high quality, engaging games.”

source: Google

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11 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wasn't aware that it supported ios. I don't see it working due to Gamecenter.

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

I never even use Play Games on my Android devices on games, I always disable it in app

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its great for keeping your saves synced in the cloud Other than that, I dont use it

3. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

focus its effort “on the services developers value most to build high quality, engaging games.” HAAAAAHAHAHHA... Yeah right. I'll eat a sock the day that Android becomes more than a feemium novelty playground. I really, REALLY want these devices to transition into more hardcore gaming platforms but I just don't see it for the time being. One day i'll own an Android phone that can get about 5 hours of solid gaming while having the back of the phone slide out to reveal physical controls. But that day isn't today or anytime soon.

8. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Are you talking about all smartphones or just Android? Much the same can be said of Apple's smartphone and app store.

4. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Bravo Google. When Apple finally hits the wall of iPhone profitability and their stock plummets, I expect Alphabet to buy them out for pennies on the dollar and (eventually) end support for iOS - cleverly replacing it with a simplified iOS-skinned Android in order to appease their new consumer group... In their own interests toward worldwide domination. Muahahaha!!! "Don't be evil"

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah totally dude /s

6. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I think he was being sarcastic. If not, I want some of the drugs he's buying. Strong s**t right there...

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Remove it on Android too. This thing is an unnecessary junk. Gaming experience would be better without this crap.

9. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I totally agree. In fact, its not that this is really junk, its just that its implemented in a junk way. This reminds me of the Games for Windows (junky and bad) versus Steam (invisible, good)

11. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Errm, no. the cloud saving feature is essential.

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