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.
It was not too long ago that Amazon went after the whole centralized game hub idea for things like leaderboards and achievements. Similar to the newly released Google Play Games service in some ways, Amazon's GameCircle doesn't have all the features that Google's service provides and until now the GameCircle service was completely limited to Amazon devices only and games purchased through Amazon's AppStore.
TwitchTV's application on Google Play will soon be getting an update that will allow you to follow your favorite streamers that you like to watch. It has been well stated that the application has been missing a few key features that users would have liked to have seen when it originally launched and hopefully this is the beginning of bringing some of those features to the app.
The next game to come out of the Mojang camp is a hybrid deck building strategy game called Scrolls. While Scrolls is a TCG style of game it also mixes other mechanics into it such as tower defense gameplay, board game mechanics and, of course, all the features that come along with a collectible card combat game.
For those of you who root your Android phone, tablet or any other Android-powered device for that matter, there is some good news today. According to a thread over at XDA, some developers have been working on CWM recovery for Ouya and today have officially announced that Ouya now has an unofficial port.
Back in April Amazon announced that it had some pretty big plans for expanding their AppStore to more countries, 200 or so of them actually. Well it looks like those plans have finally come to life with the AppStore's new update to version 5.0. This expansion doesn't just means you can look at the AppStore in awe and wonder but actually take advantage of all the features it comes with.
A Kickstarter project is now up and running for a rather interesting, and conceptually amazing, application that will allow anyone using graph paper and a pencil to literally draw their own game. From the designs on the graph paper that you have drawn, the application will read that and convert it into a game which you can then share with your friends.
Interesting news today as TwitchTV and Kabam have formed a partnership to bring Kabam game discovery and gameplay to the live game streaming service. This partnership integrates both of those factors not only into the web version of TwitchTV but also into the Android application as well.