Richi Jennings

Google not playing around with Google Play updates

March 18, 2014 7:37 AM EDT

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A whopper of an update.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced yesterday it is unlocking its Googly self to help empower gamers. Along with updates to allow game gifting, it has enhanced the Google Play Game service to permit multiplayer invites to Apple's iOS devices. Google of course, gets something outta all of this: Statistics data, and all of the "opportunities that in-app purchase ads" can offer.

All in all, this means iOS and Android fanboys can now argue about the merits of iOS over Android or Android over iOS, after sending invites. As it stands now, they rarely get the chance to argue about their favorite platform in online forums, chat rooms, or comment threads.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can't decide what to play.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

 
Mikael Ricknas promises an update:

Google has updated its cross-platform Play Games service, and promises...more in store for this week's Game Developers Conference.
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To underscore the importance of gaming...Google said that three out of four Android users are playing games...allowing developers to reach an ...audience of players...on over one billion devices.  MORE


 
Indecisive, Kevin C. Tofel chooses both:

Developers that can't decide between building games for Android or iOS may just opt for both now that...cross-platform gaming [is supported].  MORE


 
Straight from the horse's mouth:

To help players get the most out of your games, Play Games will be expanding engagement and discovery options.
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We'll be introducing game gifts, a new service that lets players send virtual in-game objects to anyone in their circles or through player search.
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[It's] important to get rewarded for your work...[we're] introducing new features to the AdMob platform. Google Analytics [will be] available...in the AdMob interface, so you can [see] how users are interacting with your app.  MORE


 
It's too early in the morning for Aaron Souppouris:

It's early days for Google Play game services' cross-platform expansion. Although it's a popular game engine, a Unity plug-in won't cut it for many developers, and its non-Unity efforts are still in the early stages of development.  MORE


 
And Jamie Rigg updates his gaming rig:

A new version of Google Play services is rolling out to support the new features. Version 4.3 supports the new gifts feature, as well as...Google's recently updated Drive API for storage.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, Tom Dawson ruins the fun for everyone:

It seems this past weekend, Google's Play Store was the focus of an attack, or at least a "testing" of a vulnerability in the...Play Store by a developer. On Sunday evening, an app was uploaded [and] the Play Store crashed. The same happened again on Monday leaving users unable to download...and developers unable to update their own apps.  MORE


 

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