Google Play Games gets more social in latest app update

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Google has a knack for releasing Android app updates on Wednesdays. We’ve already seen the newly sequestered Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps hit the Google Play store, and it looks like Google Play Games also received an update.

Games now has a newly redesigned slide-out left navigation menu. It now features your Google+ profile photo instead of a boring “My Activity” button. Google also updated the app to push notifications for gifts and friend requests, which you can customize from within the app’s settings. Additionally, “Matches” has been renamed to “Inbox” to give it that social networking look and feel.

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The old Google Play Games had an all-text slide-out menu. 

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The new version of Play Games puts your profile right at the top of the slideout menu and now displays popular games in the multiplayer section. 

While it is a relatively minor update, it’s interesting to note that Google Play Games has gotten much more social with every update. It’s about time, too: many of the features it now boasts have long been integrated into iOS’s Game Center, for instance. Knowing when your friends are online and in the mood to play a game is essential to multiplayer gaming—just look at any other gaming platform. It’s good to know that Google is focused on making community a priority. It won't really grow any other way. 

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