OpenFeint goes cross-platform, adds Android support
Launch partners include Glu, Digital Chocolate and Hudson
As well as enabling developers to share leaderboards, achievements, buddy lists and other community features across Android and iOS devices, OpenFeint will also integrate with the Google Checkout payment system and extend its Game Spotlight discovery app to Android.
But the announcement isn't just about the technology, with OpenFeint pointing out that the move will be supported by many of its existing publishing and development partners.
The current total is 9,200 strong, and includes 2,200 live games and over 28 million users.
Gaming floodgates opened
Companies such as Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile, Hudson Soft and indie studios such as ustwo (Dot Dot Dot), Pik Pok (Flick Kick Football) and RocketCat Games (Hook Champ) will be released OpenFeint enabled games for Android.
"OpenFeint is leading the charge for game developers on Android, helping simplify and improve the game discovery and purchase process for players on the platform," saidAdam Flanders, Glu's general manager.
"The explosion in mobile online gaming is a phenomenon that affects all members of the mobile ecosystem - from OS developers and OEMs to game developers and players," said Peter Relan, Aurora Feint's executive chairman.
"Online games are meant to be played with all of your friends - regardless of mobile operating system. We've decided to expand to Android with these mobile gaming giants because all smartphone owners deserve high quality, easy to find games."
The SDK is expected to be available later this summer. Interested parties can register at www.openfeint.com/developers/android for details as they emerge.