Verizon Wireless is teaming up with PlayPhone, a social gaming network, to preload all of its future Android smartphones with Games Portal. Games Portal (like PlayPhone’s current iOS/Android app) will be a social gaming platform that allows you to easily connect to your online friends in order to play mobile games together. There will also be many social aspects such as leaderboards, message boards, and achievements included with the service.
The great thing about the Games Portal platform is that you are able to play games with any of your friends who have the PlayPhone app, regardless of what mobile platform they’re using. If your friend is part of the iPhone crowd, or the Windows Phone 8 crowd, you can still challenge them to a game of Blackjack, Bingo, or whatever you want. Consumers who purchase a Verizon Wireless device preloaded with Games Portal will already be pre-registered for PlayPhone’s services, so you won’t have to worry about going through another, boring sign-up process.
Games Portal also offers great incentives for game developers. It allows developers to take advantage of Verizon Wireless’s huge subscriber base, and it allows them to show off their games in another app market (and one that’s specific to the mobile gaming niche). Verizon’s subscribers will also be able to purchase developer’s games by easily charging them to their Verizon Wireless account.
Verizon and PlayPhone state that the new Games Portal will start being preloaded onto Verizon’s future Android smartphones early next quarter. Verizon also states that future Android smartphones won’t be the only devices to take advantage of the new service, and that the service will be rolling out to older Android handsets in the near future.