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

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

cant wait for it :)

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Weird that Business Insider is making this sound like a scoop since Google talked about it 2 months ago.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-planning-a-unified-games-platform_id27807 Also, how biased was the Business Insider piece? As if Apple was the first company to ever imagine a gaming center like that. The proper chain as far as my knowledge goes would be: Steam, Xbox Live achievements, Playstation Network Trophies, OpenFeint, ScoreLoop, iOS Game Center, and now Google Games. Is there anything before Steam that I don't know about?

42. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

ha! I know they been working on it for some time.

47. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Now what can i call it Google copying game centre of apple Just like in a weak kid's paper a question comes What is the best thing you can do for games? Google doesn't know the answer so is looking to apple's answer sheet O... game centre Let me right in my own Words Mmmmmm... google games. Yes i found It

2. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Another copy of iOS Game Hub/Windows Phone xBox.

8. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Wow!!!! This is exactly what I was going to post!!! Kudos!!!

46. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

thank you

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Cool. This should be good.

4. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Lets see what the android fans got to say about this copycat move

5. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why dont Google just buy Open Feint? and develop the platform?

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.

24. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

um ya u can do that quite simply…

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yes you can. Sounds like you don't understand how iOS works.

35. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Can you text and watch a movie at the same time? Please welcome SGS3... hey... where did iPhone go...?

18. kastor

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

yea yea since 2003,in taht preiod they could make a nuclear bomb with size of USB flash,not to open something like that

34. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

First of all, Google WAS working on Android since 2003. And also, Google copying Apple? No. There are many people that have made "game centers" before. If anything, Apple copied Xbox live, Steam, et cetera.

36. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Haha had to say it huh?

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