A couple of months ago Twitch bought Curse, which started off as a communication suite for gamers to use while in game but has since expanded greatly in what that platform provides. Since then the team at Twitch has been working on integrating Curse's suite of communication tools into its platform, and now it looks like video calling has finally arrived for Twitch. To start, it is now available for desktop users, but mobile support is in the works.
AirJamz Music by Zivix LLC isn't necessarily a game, but it isn't just an application either, but a bit of both depending on how you look at it. What this neat little application does is allow for users to make music using the app and any physical movements you happen to do while it is running. This is, of course, assuming you have the official AirJamz toy that goes along with this application.
Skylanders fans have a couple of new goodies to look forward to with more expansion to the franchise heading our way soon. While the next Skylanders game that was announced (called Skylanders Imaginators) is for consoles, mobile gamers and fans are not being left behind either. Activision has revealed that Skylanders Imaginators will be getting a companion app called Skylanders Creator.
Up until now Twitch has been strictly a streaming service and platform, not allowing pre-recorded content of any kind to be uploaded to a user's channel. You could, however, have records of previous live streams and VODs available for your fans to check out if they missed a stream or anything like that. Now Twitch has set its sights on YouTube but allowing pre-recorded content to be uploaded to a streamer's channel.
As many of you are probably aware, Amazon bought Twitch not too long ago for a cool $970 million and has since kept their hands on the game streaming company. One feature many people have been wanting has apparently been the ability for their Amazon Prime membership to count towards their Twitch Turbo membership. Well, as of today, that has become a reality in a few regions.
Google has been working on their upcoming Android-powered Virtual Reality platform Daydream since it was revealed earlier this year. Now the company has begun investing heavily in VR-related content in preparation for the launch of Daydream, which is planned for sometime in the coming weeks. All of this new content will apparently be exclusive to the Daydream platform.
A little update has come around for Google Play that should make developers and some of us media folk happy. Google has now begun showing the actual download size for games and apps available on Google Play. Up until now, there has just been a general size listed, if one was listed at all. Many of them just say 'Varies per Device'.
Emulators are certainly not new when it comes to the Android platform. There's pretty much an emulator for everything you could want, whether it is for running console or PC games on your Android device, or the exact opposite, which is running Android games on your PC. There's a new emulator that has just received its first public release called LeapDroid and it claims to be the fastest Android emulator in the world.
In the world of mobile game streaming and viewing there are a few major players. One of those is YouTube Gaming, which allows users to not just watch live game streams but also stream their own gameplay right from their Android device. Twitch also has their application, but is mainly for just watching streams, unless you have a Shield device. Mobcrush is another company in the streaming scene who has been out for a bit now but mainly in an open beta sort of status.
Recently Twitch released a new Friends feature for the browser version of its video game streaming platform, tacking on an Invite-Only Beta status to it as well. Like all the features the browser version has, they start there but end up on the mobile application as well, and this is true with the new Friends feature.
Released by Neverstill Mobile, GameFans is a new app that curates gaming news. The idea is that the people behind the app will select what they feel is the best stories worth reading that are gear to gaming, and then readers can up- or down-vote the stories from there.