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Android is getting an awesome new feature gamers will love

Published Oct 17th, 2014 8:30AM EDT
Android Play Services Update: Multiplayer

In addition to the arrival of Lollipop, Android fans have one more reason to be excited about their favorite platform — especially those people who play plenty of games on their smartphones and tablets.

FROM EARLIER: Check out all the great new features Google packed into Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google on Thursday announced on its Android Developers’ Google+ page that Android gamers will be able to engage in local multiplayer action following an update to the latest Play services version.

“Google Play Games has added the ability for players to find each other nearby in multiplayer games with the latest Play services update,” the company said on Google+. “Through games that support Play Games multiplayer, players can now invite others nearby into the same game when starting a multiplayer session, creating more local competitive and cooperative experiences. Learn more about Play Games services and multiplayer support here.”

The feature will be available on any Android device as soon as its running the latest Play services version, not just to Android 5.0 Lollipop users.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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