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Google wants united mobile, social gaming by 2013

updated 09:15 am EST, Wed March 7, 2012

Google Plus may unify games on mobile and web

Google+ group product manager Punit Soni gave a presentation at the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday that promised a completely unified game platform from his company. He expected "by next year" to see Android, Chrome Web Store, Chrome Native Client, and Google+ games to all be unified. He didn't explain how this would happen, VentureBeat said, although it's implied that Google+ would emphasize HTML5 games on mobile, not just the desktop, and wouldn't be locked into Android alone.

He anticipated features like Google+ Hangouts playing a role, and wanted better distribution of games than existed so far. Google+ games often don't exist outside of a self-contained section. Paying for games would get easier as well, Soni said, with the ultimate aim of having a single place to play.

The social side is increasingly as important as search for Google, which is hoping to both prevent Facebook from dictating the web as well as to boost its existing content. Google+ mobile games would become equivalents to Facebook's Project Spartan, an as yet unrealized plan to make completely HTML5-based games for the iPhone and Android that would skip the need for native apps.

by MacNN Staff



  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is it just me...

    Or does all this sound like on-the-fly strategy planning...trying to shoehorn together various service offerings that were never developed in conjunction. Personally, I've not tried Google+ but one of the reasons is that it seems so busy and yet redundant to services I already have (Facebook, Messenger, Loop, iCloud).


  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now you can let Google invade your privacy even MORE of the time!

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "He didn't explain how this would happen,"

    You mean wishing doesn't make it so?, that's disappointing, that's what our entire marketing strategy is based on!

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Will Google do an about face?

    Google originally said they wanted Android to succeed so that they would not get locked out of the mobile platform. That seemed reasonable enough...enough to understand why they bought Android. But after that Google seemed h*** bent on stealing IP (ie. Apple, Oracle) and giving other peoples hard work away for free (JAVA code, Touch gestures, etc) to brainless OEMs (ie. Samsung, LG, etc) just so those OEMs could undercut its competitors (Apple, BB, etc) and Google could scrape customer info and push its ads. Will they turn the corner and return to its roots and try to be more impartial or are they still h*** bent on world domination just MS....we will see.

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