Google Games Drops Google+ Requirement
Google has made it easier for owners of Android devices to sign-in to and use Google Games. Moving forward, players will only have to sign-in once per account, rather than once per game, and players no longer need to have a Google+ account to use Play Games services. Google has been slowly dropping the Google+ requirement from its services over the last year. "We're taking [these] steps to reduce sign-in friction and unnecessary permission requests for players," explained Google. "Once a user signs in for first time, new games will generally be able to sign-in without any user interaction." In order to make this happen, Google is changing the Games API and suggests developers check out the new permissions model. While the move does ease some pain points for end users, developers are the real beneficiaries. Erasing hurdles in the sign-in process means people who've downloaded a game are more likely to play it.
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 Adds Actual Games to Mobile Search
Google today made several simple games available to play directly in search results. Performing a search for solitaire will bring up a playable version of the card game.
Google Play Games Adds Gameplay Recording
Google today updated the Play Games app with the ability to record and share gameplay. The app supports the user-facing camera for recording commentary, and simple editing tools for trimming clips.
Google Improves Visibility of Instant Apps with 'Try It Now' Button
Google today outlined a number of improvements it has made to the Play Store in order to help both consumers and developers make the most of Android apps and games. The most significant user-facing change is the addition of a "Try It Now" button that accompanies Instant Apps in the Play Store.