Google reportedly making a Game Center for Android

Google reportedly making a Game Center for Android
If you play games on the iPhone, you are probably familiar with the Game Center, the social hub and that links players together so they can compete for high scores, show off trophies, invite people to multi-person games, and otherwise knits together the iOS game ecosystem. Windows Phone, while having a smaller gaming ecosystem, likewise has Xbox Live to provide a similar service. If you use Android…you might use Open Feint, but it’s a third party application that isn’t integrated into Android the same way as on competing platforms.

That’s going to change in the not-so-distant future, according to an anonymous source speaking to Business Insider. The source indicates that Google has become aware that the lack of an integrated gaming hub is hindering the gaming market on Android, so they are developing a native version to allow for better social gaming on the little green robot’s mobile OS.

An integrated social gaming hub would not only allow Google to make Android social gaming more appealing to users and developers, but Google could connect it to Google TV (version 3.0?) and online gaming via web apps offered through the Chrome Web Store and Google+’s games tab. Given Larry Page’s emphasis on making products interconnected (especially in regard to social networking) we imagine that an Android game hub would also leverage Google+ posting, to allow for frictionless online bragging about your gaming exploits.

If Google takes this route it will also allow them to match the social and mobile gaming experience that Facebook is gearing up to offer through its Facebook App Center – it’s not hard to imagine the Chrome Web Store getting merged into Google Play, leaving Google with a one-stop app and media clearing house that can go toe-to-toe with Facebook and Amazon.

When will we get our first look at this Android-ified version of a Game Center? Not surprisingly there’s no word from Google on this, but Google I/O in June isn't too far away.

source: Business Insider via Droid-Life

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47 Comments

31. TheJackal142

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Hopefully it will be better than the experience I had on apples gamecenter.

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

why the red thumbs, TACO? The truth must hurt, huh...

28. thelegend6657 unregistered

That's how this industry works . Google copy apple Apple copy back google . And the cycle repeates

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

sure, but this is not copying APPLE...directly.

39. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Actually this is pretty directly copying in this case.

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I guess this would interest some people, but I am cool with the way things are as I play games for myself. If I want to play games with others, I play HALO.

26. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, Taco has been smoked again..by the Android community.

38. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Actually I have yet to see someone prove him wrong. I like the way iOS manages tasks. My YouTube vids on the sgs2 used to just restart when I went back to them after sending a text. iOS actually pauses the video exactly where I left off. Each has their strengths. This would be classified under copying though (game centre).

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I dont see it named Game center (it could be related with their naming and it could be "play" branded) also I'm bot willing to tell him to shut up, he is a stupid troll ho already admitted not being tech savvy, and supposedly not interested in android. he is just but hurt because he is still to find an excuse for every time I prove him wrong

23. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this is funny

21. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

He is a troll he just can't stop

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

aztaxia12295 is right he makes iOS users look like complete idiots. This guy deserves a medal.

37. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I think you're the idiot in this whole post because you thought that an iphone couldn't play pandora while "bidding on ebay" and downloading an app hahahaha

41. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I could have sworn that iOS paused the download when you open another app that uses internet. Maybe I need to play around with my friend's iPhone more often.

43. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I think my ist gen ipod touch did that... but they probably updated that since

44. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

That's how it worked on my friend's 3GS, I haven't played around with iOS 5.1 enough. I guess they changed it when iOS 4 came out.

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I suppose fandroids will say this isn't copying and google has been working on this since 2003. On a serious note does Google have any shame?

7. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

is all u do troll? seriously, u have no life, sorry, people like you make ios users like me have a bad name. get off the internet for just ONE day and it will make us all happy, now go play in traffic little boy.

32. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

@taco50: And this comes from another iOS user. Thanks dude, you're helping a lot.

10. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

says the guy who is proud that his company copied Pull- Down notifications and multi-tasking from google

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Do you really think multitasking was invented by google?! 0_o

14. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

And do you really think iOS was the first to have a game center type program. The Xbox 360 does everything iOS's game center does and more.

20. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Do you really think a game hub was invented by Apple?! 0_o

12. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Well let's be honest iOS still doesn't have true multi-tasking. iOS devotes more of its processing power to the UI and your current task. That's why iOS is so smooth.

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iOS 1.0 had multitasking. There's no such thing As "true multitasking". Multitasking just means more than one task at a time. Apple has just done it better.

16. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

How about you read an article on how iOS only suspends apps instead of having them run in the background like Android.http://www.extremetech.com/computing/112013-how-multitasking-works-on-android-and-ios

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're not techy enough to understand.

33. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yes there is. You can have a Gnex in each hand. :P

19. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

What's wrong with that? Its helps you pick up where you were and it saves power. No complaints here

22. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Can you bid on ebay with iOS while listening to Pandora and downloading an app at the same time? Because that's what I'm doing right now on Android and none of my tasks slowed down or stopped while I was doing this.

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