Google Play Games adds ability to find nearby players for multiplayer

Google has given its multiplayer gaming functionality a little boost with the addition of a brand new feature for Android gamers.

If you’ve been yearning to play games with folks you find nearby, this new feature is just for you. According to the official Android Developers Google+ page, the Android team has just added the ability for users to invite nearby gamers when starting a new multiplayer session. This new feature comes with the latest Play Services update and is available for all games that support multiplayer.

It’s a feature that will sound very familiar to Nintendo fans who have used the StreetPass feature to connect and play games with those that are geographically close. And though it’s not a massive update, it is a sign of the evolving nature of mobile gaming. As devices become more powerful (check out these Nexus 9 benchmarks) and mobile games become more complex, features like the ability to find and compete against (or work with!) friends nearby makes Android gaming that bit more social and that bit more appealing.


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