OpenFeint Expanding to Android Devices "Later This Summer"
With Game Center on the iPhone horizon it appears the social gaming platform OpenFeint is looking to expand its reach to new mobile platforms. Today, a press release revealed the popular "gaming ecosystem" presently injected into countless iPhone and iPad titles is coming to Android phones at some point "later this summer."
The "9,200 member game developer community" using the platform will soon have access to an Android version of the OpenFeint SDK, as well as a "game discovery store" and mobile payment options via Google Checkout. The press release which announced the new plan mentions "high quality content" incoming from Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile, Hudson Soft and various indie developers. OpenFeint also plans to extend its "wildly successful" Game Spotlight discovery app to Android, allowing developers to register now.
Apple fans should note that OpenFeint promises continued investment and effort expansion on Apple's iOS devices; however, with the upcoming iOS 4 "Game Center" feature, time will tell how tight the grasp for third-party gaming ecosystems will be in the future.