It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Google might be working on a unified gaming service for Android, one that would rival Apple’s Game Center, which was released some two years ago. It was said this new service will accompany Google’s new Android update that is expected to be unveiled at I/O 2013. The company’s Noah Falstein is widely believed to be the one who’s heading this project.
The folks over at Android Police have obtained what they claim to be a leaked build of Google Play Services, which contains references to leaderboards, achievements, in game chatting, matchmaking and synced game saves. This new service is believed to be called Google Play Games and is expected to be formally announced at I/O 2013. It is also believed that Google+ will have a big role as well, user ID information for Google Play Games will be handled by the internet search giant’s social network. Not only will users be able to decide to which circles they want their game scores posted to, it will also allow users to share their scores directly to the social network. Google is expected to announce Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at the conference, though it has been rumored that the company will actually announce Android 4.3.