Google adds player matching to Android

May 15, 2013 by Michael Liedtke
This June 27, 2012 file photo shows an Android display at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Google is expected to use its annual software developers' conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product line-up. The gathering is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning, May 15, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Google is adding leaderboards and the ability to match players in online games to its Android operating system for smartphones and tablet computers.

The new features match those available in Apple's Game Center for the iPhone and iPad. is also making it possible to save game progress online, so players can pick up games where they left off, even on other devices.

Google announced the new game services at its annual software developers' conference in San Francisco. Three employees tried to demonstrate on stage how they could all join a racing game, but failed to pull off the demo due to issues in the conference center.

The Google Play leaderboards will also be available through a browser, said Hugo Barra, vice president of product management of Android.

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