We've talked about the open source media player XBMC and that it would be making its way to the Android-powered game console Ouya at some point when a stable version of the application actually exists. Well it seems that a stable version has finally been compiled and the XBMC media player is now officially available for download through Ouya's marketplace.
Generally when we are talking about an application on Android it is usually either some sort of companion application for an already existing game, an emulator or a fan made application like a Live Wallpaper. This time we are actually talking about a non-gaming application getting an add-on made for it that deals with gaming. If you happen to use DashClock, there is now a widget that allows you to see what friends are online on Xbox Live.
With XBMC for Android soon being available for both Android devices as well as the Ouya and GameStick consoles, the developers have been hard at work adding new features to the application. In the latest pre-release build, XBMC now comes with support for Apple's Airplay as well as a variety of other new features and fixes.
Back in the middle of July we reported on a new Nintendo DS emulator that was being developed for Android called DraStic. One of the bigger claims that this emulator makes is that it is a high speed emulator which is good since it seems like most Nintendo DS emulators tend to not run at full speed and actually end up running pretty slowly. Of course that is partly also dependent on what device you're running it on.
Amazon has announced a new expansion plan that doesn't involve expanding their service to new countries but instead expanding their catalog of apps and games available through their app store. However these won't be coming in the typical fashion everyone is used to and that is because these will be web applications made using languages like HTML5.
While Google's Chromecast has only been available since the company announced it last week, someone has already hacked the streaming device and stuffed a GameBoy emulator into it. Most people won't be surprised at the fact that the Chromecast got hacked an something like this was stuck onto it but how games are loaded up and played is actually pretty interesting.
Google loves to add Easter Eggs to pretty much everything they release and so far it looks like every single one of them has been found... at least to everyone's knowledge that is. Well Google's newest application is no exception to the rule which means the Google Play Games app that arrived yesterday has an Easter Egg that has been discovered.
While Google's press event had the new Nexus 7 tablets as the headliner for the event, that wasn't the only news to come out of the press breakfast. Aside from the official announcement of Android 4.3, Google also officially announced that a Google Play Games application would be launching today. This is something that a lot of people were hoping would actually see the light of day.
While there are ways to skin your little guy in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, it is a bit on the technical side when it comes to actually implementing them. Once you get the hang of it though you can add skins pretty quickly as well as other UI tweaks. Eventually an application landed on iOS called Minecraft Skin Studio which allows users to create skins for their little guy in Minecraft while on the go.
We haven't had emulator news in a little while now but today that is going to change as a port of the Open Pandora DS Emulator called DraStic is making its way over to Android real soon. For those of you unfamiliar with this emulator, DraStic is a full speed DS Emulator which will let you play Nintendo DS games on your Android device.
One of the more popular emulators for Android has been updated with some rather cool features. eSPXe's update now will support that MOGA controller you happen to own and is able to sync up with the MOGA Pivot app. It will also support wireless Xbox controllers as well now with Ms USB Receiver.