Jul 24th, 2013

If you weren’t paying attention during Google’s San Francisco event this morning, listen up — the company announced a new companion app to go along with Google Play Games.

If you don’t remember, I wrote an editorial questioning why the service didn’t launch with the app. With features such as achievements, matchmaking and more, you’d think Google would have wanted their players to be able to access these social features within a centralized hub.

Thankfully, Google was planning on that all along. The app is already available in the Google Play Store and available to download for anyone on Android 2.3.6 and higher.

There aren’t really many surprises here, with the ability to check out leaderboards for all your games, keep up with those in your “circles,” track your achievements, and discover new games to play that have implemented Google Play Games services. It’s free, it’s beautiful, and it’s fun — download it in the Google Play Store right now.