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 recently added the ability to install games from Google search results.) Game developers will be able to show video ads in portrait orientation as well as analysis revised tools to target people who game more frequently. Google added a video recording API to the gaming SDK that makes it possible for users to record or broadcast gameplay from within the game itself directly to YouTube. Google is adding an "indie" section to Google Play Games in order to highlight games created by small, independent developers. Google plans to simplify the process of inviting others to play games, as well. Game developers can read more about the new game-focused tools on Google's Android developer web site.
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.
Samsung Releases Game-Recording App
Samsung this month made available an app that smartphone owners can use to record their game play. Game Recorder+ lets users capture game play and face-cam commentary with one touch.
Google Debuts YouTube Gaming
Google today unveiled YouTube Gaming, a dedicated video service that will focus on gamers. The site will have its own search algorithms so results focus on games.
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.