Google removes iOS support in Google Play Games Services due to low usage
by Cosmin Vasile / Apr 04, 2017, 4:06 PM
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.”
I never even use Play Games on my Android devices on games, I always disable it in app
posted on Apr 04, 2017, 7:25 PM 0
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.
posted on Apr 04, 2017, 7:33 PM 1
Posts: 642; 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"
posted on Apr 04, 2017, 8:20 PM 1
Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015
Remove it on Android too. This thing is an unnecessary junk. Gaming experience would be better without this crap.
posted on Apr 04, 2017, 11:10 PM 0
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