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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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