It's every developer's dream to make a fortune off their apps, but the reality is only a small percentage of apps make enough money to send a developer into an early retirement. Sometimes apps literally become more trouble than they're work. Instead of remaining the captain of a sinking ship, developers can choose to sell their app in its entirety on a newly-opened site called Apptopia.
We talk about games on a fairly regular basis that end up being released initially with restrictions on what countries can download it or are just a location exclusive title permanently. This happens a lot with some really great games that happen to end up being for Japan Android users only.
The TwitchTV Android app received its first update today that resolves one of the biggest gripes individuals had with the app. We mentioned in our review how TwitchTV only played back lower quality streams regardless of how good your connection was. With today's update, TwitchTV now allows for a higher resolution option for devices running versions of Android prior to 3.2 Honeycomb.
TwitchTV launched an application for Android in beta status a few weeks ago and since then we have had plenty of time to muck around with this new application. For those of you who are not familiar with TwitchTV, it is another service offered by Justin.TV but is completely gaming related.
Everyone loves a sale and when it is about games or gaming, we like to think we are all over them as much as possible. However, once in awhile we miss spotting one here and there. Thankfully other sites spot these ones like today's rather huge sale on both Splashtop Remote Desktop HD and Splashtop GamePad THD which are both on sale for $4.99.
As hardened Android users, I'm sure you noticed a little bug that has been around for a good while. Whenever you would download an app from a third-party such as the Amazon Appstore, it would show up in Google Play as if you purchased it from there. With the latest Google Play update, that issue no longer exists.
Amazon has announced that, through the use of their new API, developers can now integrate in-app purchases into their applications and games on the Amazon App Store. Amazon will also be accepting in-app purchases from users on both Android devices in general as well as the Kindle Fire.
At the end of March, some Android users noticed the Google Play app was having some issues. In some cases, Google Play would not display the apps they paid for. Google Play also started to force close more than usual. Although these bugs weren't experienced by everyone, Google still rolled out an update to Google Play to resolve these issues.
TwitchTV, which is the gaming arm of Justin.TV, has finally come to Android. The TwitchTV Android app can be downloaded for free from Google Play. It requires devices to have at least Android 2.2 and takes up 6.5MBs of storage.
In a similar style to the Call of Duty Elite companion app, Unisoft have announced their own companion app for their Ghost Recon titles called Ghost Recon Networks. This is not the Ghost Recon: Commander companion game we have been talking about recently which is also headed to Android in the near future. This is a straight up companion application like Elite is.
As part of our extended GDC 2012 coverage, we ran into the fine folks from LunarG who have developed an SDK that will let Android game developers add features to their games that will let players record and share in-game recordings just by installing a free SDK. Best part is, you won't need root as a player.