Back in March of this year we mentioned that Nintendo was toying around with the idea of companion apps to extend the experience of their games. In that case we were talking about Animal Crossing at the time. Nintendo has long had a stanch refusal to move into the mobile market which as been reported on a few times already. However, due to a combination of terrible Wii U sales, sinking company-wide profits, and other factors, it looks like Nintendo is now finally moving into the mobile space with these companion apps and their first release confirmed as a Mario Kart 8 app.
We all know there are those out there that are looking for a way to play your Android games or run your apps on a bigger screen. There are a few options currently for running Android on your desktop using BlueStacks and YouWave (or Splashtop depending on how you want to do it) but now there is another choice, Andy.
While we may never see an official Pokemon game make it to mobile devices anytime soon, The Pokémon Company International wants everyone to be at least able to watch all the Pokemon episodes they could ever want. Originally released onto Android through Google Play, Pokemon TV is now available for those of you who own a Kindle Fire tablet. This also means the probable compatibility with Amazon's new set top box at some point in the near future.
We don't need to rehash Nintendo's standpoint about bringing any of their games to mobile devices other than their own. Everyone knows their stance on this by now. The same goes for a lot of titles made by third party developers who call Nintendo their home and this includes Animal Crossing's creator Katsuya Eguchi. However Katsuya does have some interest in the mobile field.
Konami has followed the release of their Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes mini-game with a sneaky release of a companion app along with it. In case you are wondering why we have called this game a 'mini-game', it is simply because it is just a short (but pretty challenging at times) game to tide folks over till the next installment into the franchise hits everyone's consoles in 2015 (or 2016 depending on how development goes).
A developer going by the name of Tricore has released a video showing how to achieve remote multi-touch using your Android devices and the Mad Catz MOJO game console. This is done through the use of tweaking a few settings on the Mad Catz MOJO console (rooted I believe) and Tricore's keymapper which is apparently still in development.
Google has announced today that Google Play Games will be getting support for multiplayer gaming cross-platform with iOS devices. This means that developers on Android that also make iOS games and have multiplayer gameplay can now mesh the two platforms and their player bases together.
One thing that has been a pretty major pain in the ass is trying to live stream mobile games on services like TwitchTV. Generally you have to come up with your own solutions to get this to work and half the time it is generally too slow to run through an emulator or anything like that. Lag is another issue half the time. The advent of Android-powered micro-consoles has helped this a bit though.
We already have the Xbox One SmartGlass application which allows people to access their Xbox Live account and do a few things like tweak your avatar or experience second-screen gaming on select Xbox One titles. We knew it wouldn't be long before this was expended and more of Xbox Live would become more available through your Android device. This is exactly what Microsoft has announced today.
Google has always allowed apps and games to be installed outside of Google Play, it is one of the perks of being an Android user. However security for this sort of feature has always been more based around user awareness rather than software-based security. There is the one-time verifying of installing an app or game outside of Google Play but it doesn't go much further than that.
Back in May of last year Amazon launched their Amazon Coins feature for use with their Kindle Fire tablets and the Amazon AppStore. Since then not much has happened in the way of expanding access to Amazon Coins outside of Kindle Fire owners until now as the company has now made available Amazon Coins to all Android devices if you live in the USA, UK or Germany.