Google has introduced a social-gaming app for Android which connects Google Play with Google+. The site lets users shop for games and play games all while socializing this behavior with Google+ friends.
The users of Google+ can look through the games their friends are playing and follow their status achievements within different games, as they share their own play status.
The company first announced the platform at its IO conference earlier this year. The site which was to start yesterday is designed to work hand in hand with Google’s recently launched Google Play Games Services.
While a lot of this functionality was already available inside individual games, the Google Play Games app brings all the social gaming features under a single place and gives its background service a user facing interface.
The app is similar to Apple’s Game Center app and service that also offers similar features. Besides Apple, Amazon also offers a similar service called GameCircle, while Microsoft offers the Xbox Live social gaming services. It can be downloaded via the Google Play Store.
The number of game which are supporting Google’s service is not known but the company said that ‘hundreds’ of games were offering this features and that millions of people were playing these games.
When the service was first announced, Google said that the service would also bring Cloud saves that provide a simple and streamlined storage API to store game saves and settings, to sync game levels and Real-time multiplayer functionality for easy addition of cooperative or competitive game play on Android devices through Google+ Circles. It had made Google Play game services available through an SDK for Android, and a native iOS SDK for iPhone and iPad games.