Google’s Andy Rubin sat down with PC Mag to talk about Android in general from the current status of it to the future version of Android “3.0”, a.k.a Gingerbread. Gaming on Android came up in his answers and it look that Google hasn’t been ignoring it as Andy Rubin comes straight out and says that Android gaming has been underserved so far.
When asked what some of the themes and ideas that would be coming into the next version of Android, Andy Rubin responded by saying that Android gaming has been underserved.
He further went on to mentioning support for gaming through various features including the browser.
It seems the overall view of the next version of Android is going to be social and gaming related in various ways. It makes sense too as the last version was almost completely based around performance increase with things like the JIT compiler being native in Android and now with Flash/AIR support the realm of gaming has only increased.
With the advent of the App Inventor we saw a Game Client make its appearance in the list of features albeit deactivated at the moment. Combine that with recent purchases (Jambool/SocialGold) and investments by Google (ngmoco, Zygna) and various other departments of Google such as their Ventures department I wouldn’t be surprised if Android got the Game Center type feature we hinted would happen in a previous article. Almost all of their recent purchases and investments have been in regards to social gaming.
It looks like Android gaming is going to continue to get stronger with devices coming out with Tegra 2 chips, tablets, Unreal Engine support and now Google committing some attention to Android gaming and social aspects of the Android OS. Fun times lay ahead. Feel free to check out the full interview with Andy Rubin with PC Mag through the link below.
Website Referenced: PC Mag