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Google to launch an Android rival to Apple's Game Centre?

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Google is planning to launch a comprehensive gaming application, much like Apple's Game Centre, to facilitate multiplayer gaming, global leaderboards, in-game chat, achievements and more, according to an app teardown.

Android Police discovered the complete feature list for a gaming service when tearing down the MyGlass application that will accompany the Google Glass AR specs.

Of course, Google Glass has little to do with gaming as is cannot handle complex applications, but it appears that Google included the information within the MyGlass app by accident.

The teardown showed the presence of real-time multiplayer gaming, meaning that Google could be ready to handle the networking side of things for app developers, making life much easier for them.

Currently developers have to house real-time multiplayer bouts on their own servers, whereas iPhone and iPad developers don't have to worry about that, thanks to Game Centre.

According to the contents of the MyGlass folder, the Android-based service will also send gamers a notification when it is their turn, which would be great for turn-based strategy or puzzle games.

There are also a host of files alluding to the presence of in-game chat, allowing gamers to chew the fat as they play on smartphones and tablets.

Beyond that it looks like global leaderboards, the ability to invite friends to join game and also lobbies where teams could discuss strategies or, for example, choose the rule structure for each bout.

The AndroidPolice discovery seems to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Google does indeed have something in the works to revolutionise gaming on its mobile platform.

The only question seems to be whether the company will announce the service at the Google I/O conference, which is less than a month away, in mid-May.

Via The Next Web

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