updated 04:00 pm EDT, Sun May 12, 2013
Gaming framework for Android could appear at Google I/O
Google may be revealing an entire gaming framework to developers at Google I/O next week, based on newly-released data. The Google Play Services component for Android includes support for various game-related features in a new update, including synchronizing saved games and various multiplayer components seen in a previous leak.
The updated component includes options for creating multiplayer matches in games, including invites and automatic picking of players, according to Android Police. Artwork and code included in the component show pop-ups that will come up for games with built-in achievements, as soon in other gaming systems, along with code for a leaderboard with various available views, such as by time or filtered by friends. A large amount of Google+-related items also appears in the code.
Considering the timing of the update, Google Play Games is likely to be officially revealed at Google I/O, allowing attending developers the chance to play around with the prospective system. It isn't clear if Google Glass will also have some gaming components, but previous details for a gaming framework did surface in its companion app last month.