Google is currently toying around with a rather interesting system that they may be introducing into Google Play in the near future. This system is called App Trials and it is essentially a Try-Before-Buying type of system where users can try out a game (or app) before purchasing it. Not too far off from what Ouya used to have and what a lot of PC marketplaces already currently do with PC games.
Google has been one busy company with the updates to their official apps over the past few weeks and this week is no different as the company has pushed out a major version update for the Google Play store application. The app is now officially in the version 5 numbering and with that you can expect a lot of changes both under-the-hood and visibly with the Google Play store app.
PocketMine-MP is pretty much the go to software if you want to run your own Minecraft: Pocket Edition server but don't want the limited population that the Mojang official servers offer for a fee. With this software, you are technically only limited to the hardware your server is running.
One thing that is interesting about the video game industry is that there are communities just about every aspect of it. There are communities for games specifically, communities for platforms, emulators, modding and just about everything else you can think of that would be apart of video games. A new app has arrived on the US Google Play store called GLHF - Gamers Hangout which is geared towards not only giving gamers another place to hangout, but to also find people to play games with across all platforms.
Acer Extend is an upcoming app which lets users stream Android phones and tablet screens to Windows 8 PCs and tablets. With Extend, you can play an Android game on your PC screen via a W-Fi connection or through a USB cable.
Kemco, a company known for releasing retro-style RPGs onto Android, have released their first app for Android Wear. The app is called Carbonic Watchface and it is pretty much like the name suggests, a carbon fiber looking watch face for your Android Wear.
Back in May of 2014 Youtube/Google and TwitchTV struck a deal for a $1 billion purchase of TwichTV which led to the subsequent integration that now exists between Youtube and TwitchTV. Here we are three months later reporting on Amazon inquiring TwitchTV. Definitely one of those things that makes you go hmmm isn't it?
For those that aren't familiar with them, Humble Bundle provides games, books, and other digital offerings to customers. What makes them different is two fold. First, they allow customers to pay whatever amount seen fit for a bundle of games (or books, or comics, or music, or whatever), without any DRM attached. Seriously. Second, the money is divided between Humble Bundle, the developers, and charity, again with the specific amounts being divided up by the customer at the time of purchase.
According to Android Police, there's now a watch face themed to fit the game Ingress; if it's been a while for you since it's been on your radar, there is a Google Play link to the game at the bottom of this article.
Nvidia's set of utilities for the PC, called the GeForce Experience, has had an updated pushed out to it which brings some improvements all around to features like ShadowPlay as well as bringing additional support overall for the Nvidia Shield Tablet.
TwitchTV recently pushed out an update for their Android application which brings with it a completed new design for the app's user interface. This marks the first major overhaul since the release of the app. This new user interface is much more easier to navigate but aside from that it is also a hell of a lot more improved visually.