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Android News: Saboteur and Artemis for Android, multiple updates and Google's version of Game Center?

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Saboteur Released in Beta for Android and Facebook
Android and Facebook versions of Saboteur, the semi-cooperative tunnel digging game by Frederic Moyersoen and developed by TTIT, have launched in beta . Supporting English and Russian languages, it a fully online game. It supports 3-10 real people, as there is no AI. Options include 1-3 rounds of play with either Standard or "Greedy Gnome" mode.
Free on Google Play:
On Facebook:

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator now for Android
Back in December, David announced that Artemis, the app that allows you to crew your own starship with different stations like helm, weapons, engineering was coming to iOS. Now Lieutenant Commander Data won't be the only Android on your bridge as it has now been released for the platform made by Google
$2.99 on Google Play:

Ingenious Updated for Tablets
The beginning of May brought an update to the Reiner Knizia game Ingenious. The update brings support for tablets, as well as higher resolutions for newer phones.
From the update dscription wrote:
- tablet compatible
- high resolution textures
up to 2560x1600 resolution devices
improved textures for low resolution devices
- improved game tile interactions
- various tweaks and optimizations for even more fun
$1.99 on Google Play:

Carcassonne updated for high resolution
Also receiving an update for tablet support and support for higher resolution devices is the Android version of Carcasssonne by Exozet Games.
$4.99 on Google Play:

Don Quixote update brings more language support
May 9th brought an update to Don Quixote from developer Kris Wolff. Added is additional language support (Russian, Ukrainian) and other fixes. A previous update recently also added German and Spanish language support.
$0.99 on Google Play:

Game Center-like service announced for Android at Google I/O
The first day keynote at Google's Developer convention, Google I/O provided a lot of various product announcements for the tech blogging community to report on. Normally that wouldn't be the focus of this blog , but one announcement is worthy of note here. Google announced Google Play Game Services which are developer services to provide iOS Game Center like functions to Android apps, something Android has been lacking. Some of these functions include leaderboards, achievements, and multiplayer gameplay. There is also a cloud saving and syncing service so a player can stop playing, have his or her progress saved, pick up another device and continue where they left off. Also included are login services with Google+, and anti-piracy measures to detect when an app is not installed via the Play Store, with the ability for the app to shut down features of the game.
Some of this news was speculated a few days ago by blogs like Android Police, who teardown the files looking for tidbits in the code, and found references to these services in a standard Android library. One thing not known prior to the keynote was that some of these services will also be exposed for use on iOS apps, and the web.
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