Verizon to Add Gaming Portal to Android Devices
Verizon Wireless and PlayPhone today announced the new Games Portal, a socially-connected gaming platform that will be installed on Verizon's Android devices moving forward. The Game Portal allows users to find and play mobile games with their online friends, and share scores and achievements across various social networks. Verizon subscribers will be able to bill game purchases directly to their Verizon account. The Games Portal will be preloaded on the newest Android devices first, but will eventually be pushed to other Verizon Android devices through a software update. Verizon didn't say if it would offer Games Portal to other platforms, such as BlackBerry, iOS, or Windows Phone. According to PlayPhone, it is offering game developers a dedicated SDK (software developer kit) to help them add social game discovery capabilities, including recommendations, invites, and leaderboards, to their games. PlayPhone also believes that developers who create apps specifically for Games Portal will have more visibility than those publishing to the Google Play Store. Verizon didn't say which device(s) would be first to come with Games Portal preinstalled.
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Verizon's Moto Z2 Force Scores Android 8 Oreo Upgrade
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Facebook Messenger Now Lets People Challenge Friends to Video Games
Facebook has added video games to its Messenger application. Launching in beta in 30 countries, Facebook users will be able to play Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, and 14 other games inside Messenger.
I bet everyone on Verizon will use this app everyday!
And one more application should cause anyone's device a performance problem; unless it is a low end POS. :twiste...