The title may seem a bit weird but Google has been wanting developers to make sure their games and applications look and run good not just on Android phones but on tablets as well. Starting November 21st, 2013 when you log into the Google Play store from a tablet you will automatically be directed to a new section called 'Designed for Tablets'.
While we don't usually post about different versions of Android that are being developed by third-party groups such as the really popular CyanogenMod but today's news make an exception for us considering this particular ROM has over 8 million users, a lot of which read DroidGamers. It looks like the company is about to go mainstream as Cyanogen Inc is now a thing thanks to the fresh $7 million in funding the company has just received through Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures.
11 Bit Studios is getting close to releasing their upcoming tower offense game Anomaly 2 and in order to ensure that the game runs smoothly on as many devices as possible, the company has developed a new benchmarking app and is offering it up to everyone for free in order to help test and prepare the game for launch.
Square Enix has been beta testing their newest MMORPG in the Final Fantasy franchise for awhile now and with the game's actual release people have been having their own issues with trying to get onto the servers to play. It's a good problem for a company to have when that many people are trying to log into their game. Sucks for the players though until more server power is added.
We've always though that more major PC-based MMO games should be on mobile natively instead of having to DIY project things up a bit and streaming them to our tablets. While this isn't about one of those games coming to mobile, this news does indicate a step in the right direction. It seems Riot Games is looking for Android and iOS developers with two new postings in their Careers section of their website.
We've talked about the open source media player XBMC and that it would be making its way to the Android-powered game console Ouya at some point when a stable version of the application actually exists. Well it seems that a stable version has finally been compiled and the XBMC media player is now officially available for download through Ouya's marketplace.
Generally when we are talking about an application on Android it is usually either some sort of companion application for an already existing game, an emulator or a fan made application like a Live Wallpaper. This time we are actually talking about a non-gaming application getting an add-on made for it that deals with gaming. If you happen to use DashClock, there is now a widget that allows you to see what friends are online on Xbox Live.
With XBMC for Android soon being available for both Android devices as well as the Ouya and GameStick consoles, the developers have been hard at work adding new features to the application. In the latest pre-release build, XBMC now comes with support for Apple's Airplay as well as a variety of other new features and fixes.
Back in the middle of July we reported on a new Nintendo DS emulator that was being developed for Android called DraStic. One of the bigger claims that this emulator makes is that it is a high speed emulator which is good since it seems like most Nintendo DS emulators tend to not run at full speed and actually end up running pretty slowly. Of course that is partly also dependent on what device you're running it on.
Amazon has announced a new expansion plan that doesn't involve expanding their service to new countries but instead expanding their catalog of apps and games available through their app store. However these won't be coming in the typical fashion everyone is used to and that is because these will be web applications made using languages like HTML5.
While Google's Chromecast has only been available since the company announced it last week, someone has already hacked the streaming device and stuffed a GameBoy emulator into it. Most people won't be surprised at the fact that the Chromecast got hacked an something like this was stuck onto it but how games are loaded up and played is actually pretty interesting.