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Android Play Studio hires, Google I/O 2013 lineup hint at game-filled future for Android

Ian Paul | May 6, 2013
A wide variety of games are already available for Android devices on Google Play, but several hints suggest the status quo may not be good enough for the search giant.

What does it all mean?

It's clear that Google is getting big into games by hiring veterans from the gaming industry and setting a game-centric I/O schedule for Android developers, at least on day one. The question is, what is the company going to do and what is the Android Play Studio?

Android is certainly taking off as a gaming platform. Not only can you find great games on Google Play, but new gaming consoles such as Ouya and GameStick are Android-based. Perhaps Google is trying to capitalize on this trend by creating games for these platforms? Developers still aren't sold on Android as a gaming platform, and an active role from Google may alleviate their concerns.

Then again, Google may be paving the way for virtual reality gaming and other entertainment experiences with Glass. While Google isn't publicly advertising any Glass sessions during I/O yet, the new wearable technology will almost certainly be a topic of discussion during the conference--especially since a bunch of Googlers and developers will probably be walking around wearing them during I/O.

This could also be a play to create some new kind of gaming experience. Google already offers Ingress, a highly innovative augmented reality game from Google's Niantic labs.

What's exactly is Google up to here? We expect to hear more at the Google I/O 2013 in a couple of weeks. TechHive will be there to keep you up to date on all the latest news and trends.


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