Google Play Games App Browser, Chrome Support and More Coming Soon – Play Services 3.1.59 gets Torn Down


The folks over at Android Police have once again torn down the new apk for Google Play Services. Today, Google is pushing out another update which brings it to v3.1.59. And Ron Amadeo had to tear the apk apart to see what we might be seeing soon. He was able to find a Play Games App browser, Play Games Waiting Room, and Chrome Support. All looks really cool right?

Here's the code found referencing the Play Games App Browser:


<string name="games_pano_cluster_label_recent_games">Recent games</string>
<string name="games_pano_cluster_label_recent_players">Players</string>
<string name="games_pano_cluster_label_sign_in_required">Sign-in required</string>
<string name="games_pano_sign_in_successful">Sign-in successful.</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_invitations">Invitations</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_recent_games">Recent games</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_all_games">All games</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_multiplayer_games">Popular Multiplayer</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_featured_games">Featured games</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_recent_players">Recent players</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_all_players">All players</string>
<string name="games_pano_browse_header_settings">Settings</string>
<string name="games_pano_player_detail_about">About</string>
<string name="games_pano_player_detail_games">Games</string>
<string name="games_pano_settings_choose_account">Choose account</string>

There's also the Play Games Waiting room. It's assumed that this is just an extension to the lobby stuff that was found in the original Play Games discovery back before Google I/O. It appears to be a matchmaking lobby. Where you'll just be waiting around for people to join. There are invite buttons and even a ready button. Looks like some more support for multi-player games.

Now the good stuff. Ron found this code referencing Chrome support in the new apk:


<string name="auth_sign_in_agreement_multi_user">By signing in, you are agreeing to the Google  [blah blah blah]</string>
<string name="auth_sign_in_agreement_with_chrome">By signing in, you are agreeing to the Google [blah blah blah]</string>
<string name="auth_sign_in_agreement_with_chrome_multi_user">By signing in, you are agreeing to the Google [blah blah blah]. Remember: Any other user can accept updated app permissions on your behalf. As with any computer, you should only share this tablet with people you trust. "</string>

<string name="auth_chrome_tos_title">Chrome Terms of Service</string>
<string name="auth_chrome_privacy_title">Chrome Privacy Notice</string>

This is definitely something that's surprising. I'm not sure why Chrome support is here, or what it would be useful for. I'm sure we'll find out pretty soon when Google finally launches these new features and makes them available for us all. That appears to be it for this apk teardown. Looks like some juicy stuff coming to Google Play Games rather soon.