Having been around for a relatively short amount of time against the rivaling App Store, Google Play has done a remarkable job in offering users a very comparable experience for the most part. As well as now boasting much of the content also available to those on iOS, Android Police’s teardown of the new MyGlass companion app for Android suggests a supplementary Game Center-like hub for gamers could well be forthcoming. With such a vast number of gaming fans now enjoying some of the biggest titles around on Android, it was perhaps only a matter of time before we saw this kind of feature added to the repertoire, and thanks to the tenacity of the Android Police, we may just have our first clues.
Having had a look inside the APK of that MyGlass companion app, Android Police discovered a backend feature list for “an extensive multiplayer gaming service, with just about every gaming feature you could possibly imagine.” Considering Glass cannot run heavy, intensive apps or games, it’s very unlikely this feature pertains to Glass at all, and while it may just be that Google accidentally left this information within the MyGlass app, it may also be the case that the search giant wanted to throw the tech community some bait.
Be that as it may, Android Police went on to discover multiplayer support, notifications for turn-based titles, lobbies and possible in-game chat; all very exciting news for those who spend a lot of time gaming on their Android smartphones and tablets.
It may just be something Google is experimenting with, and getting excited about the prospect of this portal, so as it is, would be jumping the gun just a little bit. Having said that, the company’s I/O conference kicks off next month, so if the Big G is indeed planning such an implementation in the near future, perhaps we won’t have to wait too long to find out more information.
With Apple, Microsoft and Sony all offering respective interfaces for gaming fans to interact, compete and achieve, Google bringing a similar feature to Android would seem almost a formality at some point, and as Game Center (slowly but surely) continues to help iOS gamers interact with each other, a Google alternative would surely be welcomed.
It was reported back in May of last year that Google might be working on Game Center for Android, but today’s reveal puts more fuel to that rumor. We just have to wait a month and see how it all turns out.