Google Play has featured online multiplayer for some time now, but has finally updated to support local multiplayer. Now you can scream directly in your friends face when you lose!
The feature has been making its way to users recently, but now that it’s official, you should have no problems seeing it. Notifications will appear if someone nearby is playing the same game as you. You can also search for nearby players in the matchmaking screen. Maybe this can be used as a casual icebreaker on the train.
The choice to add multiplayer is of course, left to the developers. Developers have to add the Play Games APIs to enable multiplayer. There are already a good number of games that use Play Games in some capacity, so hopefully you’ll actually have the opportunity to try this. Any games you want multiplayer support for? Let us know in the comments.