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Google Leak Hints At an Android Game Center With Multiplayer Support 44

An anonymous reader writes "Google appears to be preparing the launch of a game center for Android with an unknown name. It looks like the new hub will sport a slew of features, including multiplayer support, in-game chat, lobbies, leaderboards, and achievements. The leaked information come to us courtesy of Android Police, which amusingly stumbled on the details by tearing apart the apk file for MyGlass, the Google Glass companion app that launched earlier this week. The feature list was hidden within, though it's not clear if this was done on purpose to build hype or entirely by accident." While on the topic of Google-branded Android hardware speculation, this wishlist at The Full Signal makes some feature-list pleas for the rumored Nexus 5.
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Google Leak Hints At an Android Game Center With Multiplayer Support

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  • Ouya console? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Kwyj1b0 ( 2757125 ) on Thursday April 18, 2013 @05:46PM (#43487359)

    It looks like this might be a blessing for the Ouya console, if they can support it. They don't have to develop multiplayer capabilities or host their own network.

    Also, first post?

    • Non-Google certified devices cannot legally access Google services via their proprietary apps (Gmail, Maps, YouTube, etc...).
      • Re:Ouya console? (Score:4, Informative)

        by Nerdfest ( 867930 ) on Thursday April 18, 2013 @06:10PM (#43487531)

        Oh, you mean like anything running Cyanogen, etc, Kindles, HP TouchPads, etc? Sure they can.

        • Read more carefully: Google services via their proprietary apps (Gmail, Maps, YouTube, etc...).

          Android is open but Google's apps are not. HTC, Samsung, etc have them because they pay google money. Kindle and el cheapo android phones don't have them because they didn't pay the google tax.

          • They don't have them because they don't want them. They can be manually installed. Kindle wants you to go to Amazon, etc. There is no Google tax.

            • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

              They don't have them because they don't want them. They can be manually installed. Kindle wants you to go to Amazon, etc. There is no Google tax.

              They cannot be preloaded with them because Google controls it.

              There is a set of requirements that a vendor must meet in order to qualify to have the Google apps. These include passing the CTS, being an OHA member (and paying the necessary dues) and having an agreement signed with Google. This will get the OEM access to the official Android repository (the one that

              • While AOSP products CAN have Google Apps installed manually, they technically do not qualify and there's no support for it, and in a sense, they are "pirated" versions.

                "technically not qualified" and "no support" don't mean "pirated", just because they have in common that there is no support for pirated versions of software.

                Google has allowed Cyanogen to be the sole distributor, however,...

                espescially they can't count as pirated when someone is ALLOWED to distribute something.

                • "technically not qualified" and "no support" don't mean "pirated"

                  Let's assume here the "pirated" refers to copyright infringement. Google owns copyright in the Google Play Store application. Google authorizes nobody but its OHA licensees to make and distribute copies. How are copies of Google Play Store, if obtained through other means, not infringing?

      • I could see a partnership, a little light shed on the idea of Android For Gaming and an established brand on Ouya that might lend (some) credibility. Everybody wins.
  • This is two topics in one, and I suspect everyone who looked at the Nexus 4 is of the mind. Thought that it did not have enough local storage, compounded by having no expandable storage...on a device that was sold out so quickly because of its amazing price. It just pissed people off.

    People buy the Nexus range for regular updates of stock android, running on great, but good value hardware. Whether its 4" or 6" I couldn't care less...or whether it contains IR/Waterproof/Wireless Charging etc etc I don't even

    • I bought one despite the space deficiencies. For someone with an older phone who wants to get out of the contract cycle, the price was too good to pass up. I can live without the removable battery, but I very much miss the local storage. I was actually thinking it would be cool if someone came out with a low cost flash drive with secure wifi or bluetooth access to it. For the right price that might almost be better than extra storage in the phone.

  • by tuppe666 ( 904118 ) on Thursday April 18, 2013 @06:18PM (#43487589)

    This is great news, but so late to the party similar social platforms include Heyzap, Plus+, Crystal, Gameloft Live, Scorelp, Geocade, Scoreoid, agon and Apple's Game Center...and the now discontinued openfeint.

    Everybody recognise there is a need for a social gaming platform, many games leverage Facebook to do this, so I'm expecting better organised G+ gaming extension in future.

    The only question is when Steam for Android will happen.

    • It takes something to stand out from this list. What Google does have is integration, though. It has potential.

      Great post btw, I wasn't aware of a few of these networks.

    • With OpenFeint already bought and shut down there would be little value to Google, better to buy one of the other actively running networks.

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