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Google Play Games

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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Google Play Games is a cross platform service that brings real-time multiplayer, leaderboards, achievements and cloud saving to games in both Android and iOS. We got our first look at the service at Google's 2013 Google I/O developer conference as part of the new Google Play services package. Since then, things have grown considerably.

What started with just a few titles and limited support has turned into a portal where end-users like you and me can go to set up games with friends, share game content, view their game progress and more — right from your Android or iDevice. The tools for developers get better with each iteration, and Google seems to be serious about mobile gaming.

One of our favorite features of Google Play Games is the cloud save feature. If a developer chooses, your game data is backed up to your Google account and no matter which device you're using to play (as long as you're signed in) your progress, achievements and any items you may have acquired are all synchronized. This means playing games on your tablet and your phone give you the same experience, and is great when you get a new Android. We hope more and more game developers take advantage of Google Play Games services. Unfortunately, right now most developers aren't using the Google Play Games service.

Getting to the Google Play Games portal is easy enough. It should be preinstalled on your Android, but if not you can grab it from Google Play on the web or right from your device. Sign in with your Google account and you'll be set up and ready to go!

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Google Play Games v2.0 pushing out with new game profile, updated appearance and more

New tools for game developers also announced by Google Google Play Games got some attention at the recent Google I/O developer conference and today we're seeing some new some goodies begin to roll out. Google Play Games version 2.0 is beginning to roll out through the Google Play Store bringing...
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Google Play Games getting online events and new profiles

Google Play Games got its moment in the spotlight in the Google I/O keynote today, where Google's Ellie Powers rolled through some new features for the gamers among us that should add a nice little boost to the experience. The new Games Profile will change automatically based upon in-game...
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Google Play Games updated to tighten things up a bit

The Google Play Games app got an update this afternoon that largely tightens things up in the visual department. You can now see requests and gifts from friends in the same place. And the overall look has been updated as well, bringing it more in line with what you're used to in, say, Google+....
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Google Play Services 4.3 now rolling out with new APIs, support for latest Play Games improvements

Four more APIs get rolled into Play Services for easier access by all developers across devices Version 4.3 of Google Play Services is now rolling out to devices, bringing with it a new set of APIs, refreshes of other existing APIs and improvements related to the Google Play Games announcement...

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Google Play Games v2.0

Google Play Games v2.0 pushing out with new game profile, updated appearance and more

New tools for game developers also announced by Google Google Play Games got some attention at the recent Google I/O developer conference and today we're seeing some new some goodies begin to roll out. Google Play Games version 2.0 is beginning to roll out through the Google Play Store bringing...
Google Play Games services

Google Play Games getting online events and new profiles

Google Play Games got its moment in the spotlight in the Google I/O keynote today, where Google's Ellie Powers rolled through some new features for the gamers among us that should add a nice little boost to the experience. The new Games Profile will change automatically based upon in-game...
Google Play Games

Google Play Games updated to tighten things up a bit

The Google Play Games app got an update this afternoon that largely tightens things up in the visual department. You can now see requests and gifts from friends in the same place. And the overall look has been updated as well, bringing it more in line with what you're used to in, say, Google+....
Google Play Services

Google Play Services 4.3 now rolling out with new APIs, support for latest Play Games improvements

Four more APIs get rolled into Play Services for easier access by all developers across devices Version 4.3 of Google Play Services is now rolling out to devices, bringing with it a new set of APIs, refreshes of other existing APIs and improvements related to the Google Play Games announcement...
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Google bringing 'game gifts,' new categories, updated SDK and more to Google Play Games

Google gets serious about gaming at GDC We thought it was great when Google updated Google Play Games last week some much wanted — and needed — features, but it seems that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Google has expanded their presence at GDC, and it looks like they are going all-in...
QuizUp

Head-to-head trivia game QuizUp lands on Android, integrates with Google Play Games

Test your knowledge head-to-head on over 400 topics, including Android QuizUp, the insanely popular trivia game on iOS, has made its way to Android in all its glory today. The game, if you haven't given it a try on the other platform yet, lets you go head-to-head with random opponents all around...
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Google Play Games update to version 1.5, makes it worth using

View multiplayer invites, see who is playing what, and discover fun new games Google has pushed out a sizable update for Google Play Games today (yay, Wednesday!) and the changes finally make the app worth using. There are three major changes, and they are ones that I think everyone is going to...
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Google Play Games adding new developer features

  New statistics, service alerts and increased storage for games The Google Play Games app has only been available for a few months now, but Google is expanding the developer tools related to the service starting today. First up are game services statistics in the developer console, which will...
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Get 30 extra lives in Google Play Games (or at least an achivement)

The Konami Code lives on as a hidden Easter egg in the new Play Games Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start -- old school and hardcore gamers will recognize this code as the "Konami Code" or the "Contra Code," as noted by Ron Amadeo and demoed (after the break) by Renaud...
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Google Play Games now available - Google's games hub for Android

Update: Now available on the Google Play Store We're live from Google's event in San Francisco, where the search giant has just announced its new games center app for Android, Google Play Games. Google Play Games allows users to view leaderboards and achievements for games, compare scores and...

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