by Chris Smith

In addition to the arrival of Lollipop, Android fans have one more reason to be excited about their favorite platform — especially those people who play plenty of games on their smartphones and tablets.

Google on Thursday announced on its Android Developers’ Google+ page that Android gamers will be able to engage in local multiplayer action following an update to the latest Play services version.

“Google Play Games has added the ability for players to find each other nearby in multiplayer games with the latest Play services update,” the company said on Google+. “Through games that support Play Games multiplayer, players can now invite others nearby into the same game when starting a multiplayer session, creating more local competitive and cooperative experiences. Learn more about Play Games services and multiplayer support here.”

The feature will be available on any Android device as soon as its running the latest Play services version, not just to Android 5.0 Lollipop users.

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