Google to Clone Game Center for Android
Google is planning the release of a native Android app that will work the same way as Apple's Game Center, reports BusinessInsider.
Google's software will include a social "achievement" system, which gives people awards and trophies for doing certain things in games. It will also include a leaderboard which will rank players against their friends, our source told us.
Developers creating Android games use a variety of third-party solutions right now from other startups like OpenFeint, but Google is recognizing how important games were in making the iPhone popular, so it's making a native client, our source said.
It's unclear if the new app would be integrated with Google+ but it seems like a good possible solution to tie players together.
"They are starting to really understand all of the needs and wants to make a game really successful," an industry source told the site. "As recently as even a year ago, that really wasn't part of their institutional DNA, But I think they're getting there."