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.
As eSports continue to rise in popularity, it should come to the surprise of no one that a site focusing on the topic, namely PvPlive.net, would now be releasing an Android app. In their new app, they cover things such as scores (including live scores that are up to the second), highlights, analysis, and so on.
Epic has announced today that the newest version of their game development engine, Unreal Engine 4, now officially supports Google's new Android-powered Virtual Reality platform Daydream. The support comes in the form of an official plugin which is actually now available for developers to grab and use to make Daydream games already.
RiftCat has an application called VRidge for Android which allows users of Android-based VR headsets, such as Google Cardboard, to play PC Virtual Reality games on those non-PC VR headsets. Today's announcement is a big one, which is an update to VRidge that adds SteamVR and OpenVR support. This essentially means that if you own a Google Cardboard VR headset you can play most, if not all, SteamVR games without needing to pay $799 to own an HTC Vive.
Back in 2014 The Pokemon Company released the official Pokemon TV application for Android. Then in 2015 it received Google Chromecast support. Today the Pokemon TV app has received another update which brings with it a few new features, as well as new episodes for one of the bigger series users can watch.
eSports as an industry has come a long way in the last 10 years, growing a lot in size in pretty much every way possible including with the creation of mobile eSports tournaments and games. Needless to say there are plenty of avenues in which to keep up with all the goings-on when it comes to eSports. Yahoo has launched their own mobile application dedicated to eSports coverage.