There are lots of discussions occurring lately about Google copying Apple or other features and gadgets from other companies, but as imitation is the highest form of flattery, Apple should be happy – and it has been happening both ways for some time. The latest in the ‘copying’ craze Android possibly launching the new Game Centre, which when you look at the iOS Game Centre then you can see why as it’s so popular and iPhone users have thousands of games to download which are both free and paid.
The latest rumour is most-likely correct as the iOS Game Centre does a roaring trade. The native Android app will be laid out in a similar way to Google Play, which is for normal apps and games, but the Android Game Centre will just be for smartphone and tablet PC users rather than web applications. Where Google are changing the goalposts is with the social achievement sector of the gaming experience. As Google is focusing heavily on the social aspect of ‘everything’ lately this takes gaming to another level. You can pit your scores, achievements and times against people from all around the world or your own mini-leagues between friends.
The achievement centre will give virtual trophies to players and there will be rankings and leader boards to check on. Obviously Android Notification Centres can let you know while you’re on the move if your high score is beaten to entice you back for one last try at the top spot. This opens the doors for more advertisers to profit from gamers and obviously, Google will take their enormous share as always. There is seemingly no end to the profits and earnings of the mighty search engine.
Android developers will be able to use a wide variety of 3rd party solutions to generate the games. One solution is OpenFeint, which is being thought of as Google knows just how Apple’s iPhone games needed to make sure the mobile games worked effortlessly, and using Android’s native app it means that they can lock players into staying with Android phones. There are talks of whether Google+ will be the main source or feature for the Android Game Centre as Google is really trying to integrate + into everything new they go for.
While these are just rumours around the Android Game Centre, Apple are profiting so wildly from their iOS Game Centre that as Google has a stronger infrastructure for advertisers and publishers, as well as a wider audience by covering so many Android phones that it seems it’s just a matter of time. We’ll have to wait and see if the idea becomes a reality but if you want to join the Android bandwagon there are plenty of smartphones to choose from. You only have to wait until the end of May for the stunning Samsung Galaxy S3 or you can opt for the HTC One X, One S or One V handsets. There are also many more Android phones to choose from so check out the latest deals on Mobile Phone Checker and choose your favourite.