Google Play Games 3.7 enables new Gamer ID feature, ditches Google+ sign-in

If you haven't scored the new avatar and privacy controls first promised two months ago, the wait may finally be over.

Google Play games is finally fulfilling a promise to appeal more to gamers and unbundle from Google+.

With the version 3.7 update you should finally have the ability to create a custom avatar, gamer profile name, and exert more privacy controls for who can interact with your activity. Signing in is now directly tied to your Google account instead of the unsuccessful social network.

There are also now several controls for using your profile, with the ability to make your activity public and to automatically sign-in to new games. This is particularly useful for titles that take advantage of Google Play Games’ ability to backup your progress.

google play games profile

You can customize how much Google Play Games gets involved with your Android gaming.

This capability was first announced in early February, but it’s not uncommon for new rollouts like this to be on the slow side. Many had yet to get it, and some (myself included) were graced with an annoying bug that made the gamer profile private. Even after I tried to set it to public, it would revert back. My issue was solved with one of several small updates to Play Games, but hopefully this major release will fix the issue for good.

You’ll also get the new Play Games icon, part of a recent redesign by Google. You can wait for the rollout in the Play Store or grab it now from APK Mirror.

The impact on you: If you’ve been vexed by the public profile bug, then perhaps the version 3.7 update will fix this for you. Beyond that, you may be able to have some fun by giving yourself a name that will strike fear into the hearts of your gaming enemies. It’s all part of Google’s effort to make Android a better home for gaming enthusiasts by bringing over some of the console experience.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Google Play

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?