Does Google Planning have real-time multiplayer and more?


A teardown of the MyGlass Google Glass companion app reveals that Google may have plans for a gaming service similar to Apple’s Game Center.

android font destroyed the MyGlass APK and discovered that Google was delivering the entire GMS (Google Play Services) library, including an unreleased “games” folder. GMS is a set of components that Android apps need to use Google services like Maps, Google+, and in-app purchases. Most applications only include a few GMS components

The mysterious games folder includes files for processes that seem to indicate that Google is working on a games platform. The files include mentions of real-time multiplayer, turn-based multiplayer, in-game chat, leaderboards, and (of course) achievements.

Perhaps the most interesting processes relate to real-time multiplayer. There’s not much to it other than the filenames, but those seem to suggest that Google will handle the net code for real-time multiplayer games. If true, that would mean online shooters, racing games, and fighting games will have smoother online multiplayer.

These online multiplayer games can also benefit from voice chat through Google’s games service. Voice chat would allow players to taunt each other after killing ShadowGun: DeadZone. However, while voice chat is like Xbox Live, it also exposes these gamers to a lot of verbal abuse from prepubescent boys.

The inclusion of the new games processes could mean that Google will spend some time talking about multiplayer games on Android at Google I/O next month. Maybe the feature will be part of Key Lime Pie. For the sake of Android gamers without Nexus devices, it would be nice if the feature was available on other Android versions as well.

A Google Games service would make dedicated Android gaming devices like NVIDIA Project Shield, Archos GamePad, and WikiPad much more attractive to some users. If it helps to advance Android games, I hope the possible is more reliable than Game Center.


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