Android gets player matching
16 May 2013, 09:40
San Francisco - Google is adding leader boards and the ability to match players in online games to its Android operating system for smartphones and tablet computers.
The new features match those available in Apple's Game Centre for the iPhone and iPad. Google is also making it possible to save game progress online, so players can pick up games where they left off, even on other devices.
Google announced the new game services at its annual software developers' conference in San Francisco. Three employees tried to demonstrate on stage how they could all join a racing game, but failed to pull off the demo due to wireless connectivity issues in the conference centre.
The Google Play leader boards will also be available through a browser, said Hugo Barra, vice president of product management of Android.