Amazon widens GameCircle, Whispersync for Games support to Apple's iOS

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Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is extending its GameCircle social gaming service and Whispersync for Games synchronization solution to devices running Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, enabling cross-platform experiences across iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android.

GameCircle, launched in mid-2012 for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, enables players to track trophies, treasures, badges and awards without exiting the gaming experience. Users can receive in-game messages to keep track of their accomplishments in real time--they can also pause a title to view an achievements summary that identifies which badges they must still collect before returning to gameplay. GameCircle also supports leaderboards providing in-game score comparisons and percentile rankings, allowing players to measure their progress against other gamers without leaving a title. Whispersync for Games syncs the player's place in the title and saves unlocked levels, backing up all progress in the Amazon Web Services cloud for gameplay across multiple devices.

"We've found that on average games using GameCircle produce higher user retention rates than games that don't, which is why we're excited to offer all of these services for free to both you and your players," writes GameCircle Technical Evangelist Peter Heinrich on the Amazon Mobile App Distribution blog. "You can choose to integrate any or all of them."

GameCircle supports iOS 5.0 and up. "We designed the iOS build for easy integration, and even provide direct support for Apple's Game Center, allowing you to submit your achievement and high score updates to their system and ours with a single method call," Heinrich said.

Developers may download the Amazon Mobile App SDK (including the GameCircle APIs) here. "When you integrate GameCircle achievements, you automatically get access to Achievement Reports as well," Heinrich noted. "These reports help you get a better understanding of how players interact with your game so you can make sure they're having a great experience. 

Amazon extended GameCircle to all Android devices this summer, just a few weeks after Google launched its own Google Play Game Services, designed to compete with the Amazon platform as well as Game Center for iOS. Google Play Game Services similarly allows players to store game progress in the cloud and supports cross-device achievements and leaderboards, as well as multiplayer games via Google+ accounts.

For more:
- read this Amazon Mobile App Distribution blog post

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