Google Expands Play Games' Multiplayer Function to iOS
Google today announced several updates to its Play Games service that will benefit both Android and iOS devices. To start, Google said it is bringing a new service to Play Games called game gifts. With game gifts, players will be able to send virtual, in-game objects to anyone in their gaming circles. Gamers can now send multiplayer invites directly, making it easier for players to find one another. Google is expanding the gaming section in the Play Store with 18 new categories to further refine the searching and browsing experience. Further, Google is expanding multiplayer support to Apple's iOS, which will let Android and iOS device owners play one another in real-time. Google said developers can access a new version of the Play Games Unity Plug-in to enable cross-platform multiplayer support, as well as an updated Play Games C++ SDK to help with achievements and leaderboards. Google said it is improving statistics via the Google Play Developer Console, which gives developers a dashboard to let them visualize engagement with their apps on a daily basis. Game developers can find more information about these new tools via Google's developer portal.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.
Google to Let Android Users Trial Games from Search
Google gave developers a handful of new tools to improve the gaming experience for Android device owners. Perhaps the most significant of the new tools is one that will allow people to trial games for up to 10 minutes directly from Google search results.
Google Play Store Update Hitting Android Devices
Google has redesigned the Play Store and is pushing the new version to Android devices this week. The refreshed content store is significantly altered and makes locating apps, games, movies, TV, and music easier on the eyes thanks to new tabs.
Google Offers More Fine-Tuned App Curation in the Play Store
Google today improved the Editors' Choice section of the Google Play Store with what it calls "better curation to help you find high-quality apps." In short, Google has added new editorial pages to the Editors' Choice section, which provide more fine-tuned recommendations for apps and games. Recommendations now explore specific game genres and app categories with reviews on each theme.