Microsoft-acquired Mojang has announced that Minecraft Realms is coming soon to Android, iOS, Windows 10 and Windows Phone devices. Realms will allow users to play Minecraft with people in an online mode, allowing them to create groups of people that they want to play the game with.
Mojang also went on to state that given that Realms will allow users to play Minecraft on servers that are online 24/7, it will be a paid service; however, the company hasn't released pricing plans yet.
Mojang also affirmed that Realms will offer cross-platform play across multiple OSes, stating that:
Minecraft Realms will support cross-platform play between the iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft. We’re using Xbox Live logins to make that possible. If you don’t already have one, don’t worry, they’re quick to create and free! Minecrafters have been playing Minecraft via Xbox Live since we released Xbox 360 Edition back in 2012, and it supports multiple platforms, so it made sense for us to use it for Realms. Also: now that we’re part of Microsoft, we have easy access to the fancy back-end systems and Xbox Live technology, so it was kind-of a no-brainer.
Mojang has also cautioned that users will also need an Xbox Live account to play Realms. While the company plans to offer Realms on Android, iOS, Windows 10 and Windows Phone soon, users with an Android device, an Xbox Live account and a copy of Minecraft Pocket Edition from the Google Play Store can opt-in for a free alpha right here. However, the company warned that given that this is an early build, users should expect bugs and crashes.