Published on May 15th, 2013 | by Haseeb Ahmed0
Google Play Game Services Introduced at Google I/O 2013
There is a lot of good news for developers as well as users regarding gaming on Google Android. Google has introduced an interesting set of gaming APIs that would provide a lot of ease for the developers. It would also add a whole new dimension of mobile Android gaming for consumers. The main categories of Google Play Game Service APIs are:
- Cloud Saves
Although the category names explain for themselves. Still here are brief descriptions of what new APIs are included in Google Play game services.
This is one of the features that I have been looking forward too. As a part of my job, I have to switch phones a lot and what bothers me is that I can’t move my games progress onto the new phone. Cloud Save allows the games to save their status onto a Cloud server. This means that if I finished level 1 on my phone, I could continue the game from Level 2 in my tablet. This is a pretty cool feature for mobile gaming enthusiasts.
Achievements & Leaderboards
Not only does Cloud Save, save the game’s status but it also saves game achievements. After which leaderboards allow you to see where you want among other players around the world. Another interesting twist to the leaderboards is, that now not only can you see where you rank globally but also see where you rank among your Google Plus friends. That’s Cool Right?
A lot of developers have told Google that how difficult is it to make real-time online multiplayer games on mobile platforms. Google heard the developers and launched a whole new set of APIs that would help developers in developing online multiplayer games.
What do Google Play Game services mean for the consumers?
There is no better way to explain this than with an example. Let’s say that I play Need for Speed on my Android phone and I had finished the game there. I just bought a new tablet so now all of my saved game would be transferred to the Tablet too. Now I would definitely love to play online Need for Speed from my Tablet so I could either play online globally or I could invite my friends to an online Need for Speed race. We could also compete by comparing who ranks the best within us or globally too.
I personally, would love to see all these APIs working in a good online multiplayer game. What do you think about the Google Play Game services? Let us know by leaving your comments in the section below.