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NewsPoster Jul 24, 2013 02:17 PM
Google Play Games merges social, discovery features
Google has released a new Android app, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/290397==https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.play.games" rel='nofollow'>Google Play Games</a>, that serves as a central portal for social gaming features and content discovery. Originally announced at the company's I/O conference, the hub shows a list of installed games alongside earned achievements, multiplayer engagements, frequent opponents and public leaderboards. <br />
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The app essentially serves the same purpose as Apple's Game Center, which arrived in 2010 for iOS before expanding to OS X last year. Game Center is connected to a user's Apple ID and associated nickname, while Play Games relies on connections through Google+.<br />
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Android developers were previously forced to implement their own multiplayer and social services, however Play Games aims to serve as a universal platform based on Google's own APIs. The search giant suggests hundreds of games already include Play Games services, reaching millions of users.<br />
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Play Games is now available as a free download from the Play Store.
 
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