How Google I/O is completing the ‘Circle’ for its ecosystem

Heading into Mountain View’s biggest conference of the year, Sundar Pichai, head of Android at Google, warned the public the annual keynote would focus on developers rather than consumers. Whilst true, there is plenty coming this year for both sides to enjoy.

Vic Gundotra opened the conference saying: “We hope that the things you see at this conference will continue to inspire you and we will continue to earn your trust."

Trust in services is important to gain hearts and minds of individuals; Google’s...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Startup Dekko moves from OS to AR with $3.2 million funding

Last year Dekko had big plans to turn the real-world into an Operating System, full of applications which blend reality with technology, a Google glass without the glasses.

The company hasn’t dropped its plans; instead refocusing on smaller steps to eventually meet their overall goal of augmented reality world domination.

 

Dekko has developed technology to map the world in 3D using a smartphone camera or tablet which is represented as “digital...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, iPad, Platforms, Testing, VR.

Will Google revolutionise gaming with ‘Play Games’?

“Dear gamers; have you ever dreamt of the perfect cross-platform gaming experience?

Dear developers; have you ever dreamt of creating games with first-party matchmaking and achievements/leaderboards?

We hereby present ‘Play Games’.

Kind regards, Google.”

 

Okay, this letter may have been fictional, but this is exactly how I’d pitch ‘Play Games’ at I/O if I were Google (disclaimer: I’m not.)

Play Games isn’t even confirmed yet, but

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Platforms.

Will Google I/O offer the best slice of the pie?

It’s only a week away! Google’s annual developer conference I/O will be here to (hopefully) display some of the best advancements from Mountain View over the year to come.

Evangelists will hope to see new updates to Android, Chrome OS, and the whole host of web apps in-between.

 

So what can we expect? Starting with Android it sounds many will be fairly disappointed, latest logs found on web servers are showing a ‘JWR23B’ build (see that...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Sony courts developers by dropping PlayStation Mobile license fee

As a console, PlayStation has had tremendous success. Even the first mobile foray with the original PSP (PlayStation Portable) was a landmark moment for Sony, but ever since support has waned.

Sony launched “PlayStation Mobile” in November 2012 allowing indie developers to publish games on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation-certified devices (includes their Xperia smartphone range) for a $99/annual license fee, which has now been dropped.

Directly from the announcement

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

WISE TIVI heads into the Android Smart TV arena

Manufacturers are jumping on the Android “Smart TV” wagon in flocks.

The latest device, by the moniker of “TIVI” from WISE, is a small portable device which plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port, then offering the entire catalogue of Google’s Play Store including applications and games.

WISE has decided to use Indiegogo as its crowdfunding platform of choice, with the goal of raising $100,000 in funding to complete the project.

Of course to secure yourself a device at...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

How are companies utilising gamification in 2013?

Gamification as a marketing strategy is nothing new, but with its increasing popularity with all kinds of businesses – both B2B and B2C – it’s a technique to look out for this year.

What does it mean?

Basically, gamification is the application of game-design thinking in non-gaming contexts. This can be used with many different types of business processes, and can be aimed at getting both employees and customers to...

By Ampheon, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Gaming, Marketing.

Small dev teams shouldn’t fear piracy, says Hogan

If you’ve developed a game, the one thing you don’t want to see is pirates downloading your game for free and seeing a vital revenue stream go up in smoke.

But according to Sean Hogan, one of the developers of 2D fantasy game Anodyne along with Jon Kittaka, piracy is “inevitable” so it’s easier to adopt an ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ policy.

Hogan’s actions came about after he had been made aware of Anodyne being posted on file sharing behemoth The...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Monetisation.

Mobile gaming in Europe: Trends, devices and monetisation

comScore estimates smartphone penetration to reach 55% in EU5 (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) which is equal to 132 million users (see Pic. 1). Of all mobile devices bought in the EU5 region in October 2012, 73% were smartphones. The smartphone landscape is dominated by Google Android (59% of all new devices), followed by Apple iOS (22%) (see Pic. 2). Tablets reached 15% penetration of smartphone user base with iPads holding 60% of the total tablet market in EU5.

By Ciklum, 05 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Monetisation.