Another change to the Google Play store has arrived regarding in-app purchases/billing but this time it deals with subscriptions. Developers can now offer in-app subscriptions which users can sign up for. Games for a monthly fee and digital magazine style applications will benefit the most from this.
Blizzard's latest addition to the Diablo franchise was just released last week and the launch of Diablo III has been less than stellar due to a variety of emergency server maintenance and patching having been going on since the launch. This, in turn, has pissed off a rather large amount of players.
Following in the footsteps of the nVisions digital magazine, Gamefly have released their own interactive digital publication as well called GameQ. As you might expect from gaming industry themed publication, GameQ will contain in-depth stories, interviews and more. Just like the nVision's magazine as well, the GameQ magazine is available only for tablets.
So a new rumor is rolling around out there that Google is currently developing a Game Center style application and service for Android. While this is a 'new' rumor, back in June of 2011 we actually predicted that this would happen eventually anyways.
In a few weeks time, Facebook will launch its own app store in an effort transform the social network into a premier app destination. App Center will be spread out across the desktop, Android and iOS. It will contain both free and paid apps along with links to Google Play and iTunes should an app need to be installed on devices before they can be used.
OnLive has been pretty successful when it comes to their mobile ambitions with their release of their service onto Android devices. Other services similar to OnLive must be taking notice as Gaikai is now jumping into the mobile sphere and having their client integrated into the upcoming WikiPad Android tablet.
Dancing Pixel Studios are the developers responsible for the Sixaxis game controller application for Android. The Sixaxis controller is a PS3 style controller which you can use with your Android device when playing games. Now they have made an application you can use with other bluetooth controllers.
NVIDIA's own TegraZone is a dedicated app to showcase Tegra exclusive games. New owners of Tegra powered devices can look no further than (except Droidgamers of course) this app to find news and upcoming games and essentially anything Tegra related. With the release of NVISION, the company looks to go beyond gaming and cover all manners of entertainment.
We have talked about the Hooked game recommendation and discovery application for Android a few times in the past. Well late last night an update was pushed out that brings a new feature to the application called Critic's Choice. So what does this new feature entail?
It's every developer's dream to make a fortune off their apps, but the reality is only a small percentage of apps make enough money to send a developer into an early retirement. Sometimes apps literally become more trouble than they're work. Instead of remaining the captain of a sinking ship, developers can choose to sell their app in its entirety on a newly-opened site called Apptopia.
We talk about games on a fairly regular basis that end up being released initially with restrictions on what countries can download it or are just a location exclusive title permanently. This happens a lot with some really great games that happen to end up being for Japan Android users only.