Google has begun their own version of celebrating the holiday season and although it isn't a crazy sale like when the Google Play store passed 10 billion downloads or anything like that, what Google is doing is still pretty cool. Starting today, Google is giving away holiday surprises through the Google Play store and it isn't just something like free apps or games.
Mindark, the developers of an MMORPG/FPS game called Entropia Universe, has finally released an official app for their game. Officially called Virtual Tycoon, this new application will allow you to do a few things, from checking the auction house to crafting new items, all while on your Android device.
The recently released Xbox Smartglass application from Microsoft received an update yesterday that brings with it support for 7" Android tablets. Up until now the Xbox Smartglass application was only available for Android phones and even then it wasn't every phone but at least it was available for a good portion of them. Tablets, on the other hand, were completely left out in the dark.
Based off of their Daily Deals website, Electronic Arts has developed and released a dedicated widget that will deliver up-to-the-minute listings of deals straight to the home screen on your Android device. When you launch the widget, you will have a scrolling list of deals that, when you click on the one you're interested in, will take you right to the appropriate page so you can snap up a copy of that game quickly before the deal ends.
Earlier this week, Google quietly introduced a pretty big change in the way we leave reviews on the Play Store. No longer are we able to anonymously post reviews – we must now do so using our Google+ profiles, with our full name and photo on display for the whole world to see (this has not been rolled to all Android devices though just yet, but the web version already requires your Google+ profile).
Amazon finally began expanding the reach of their AppStore back in August of this year, opening it up to a few countries over in Europe. Now Amazon is expanding even more but instead of it being to a few different countries in an area, it is only one country this time - Japan. That means if you're a developer you can now submit your apps to be available for residents in Japan.
Good news for Android developers this morning who are a bit sick of facing the trolls on the Google Play store who leaving rather harsh comments in the reviews section of any given listing on Google Play. It was mentioned that this would be arriving and it is now here where should you leave a review on the Google Play store, it will post your name that you use on your Google+ account along with your profile picture. This is a mandatory new Google+ integration and should you not have a Google+ account, you won't be able to leave comments and reviews.
While not an official application from the folks at Rockstar Games, GTA Radio is still a pretty cool application to check out if you're a fan of the radio stations that are in all the Grand Theft Auto games. This neat little application from Keshav Verma features all the radio stations for your to listen to from all the Grand Theft Auto Games which are Grand Theft Auto. GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA Liberty City Stories, GTA Vice City Stories, GTA San Andreas and GTA IV.
TeePee Games have unveiled a project that they have been working on for awhile behind closed doors called GamesGrabr, or gamesGRABR if you want to get technical with the spelling. What this service offers up is a Pinterest-style social network, pretty much like Pinterest, but completely geared towards games and gamers. This platform will span across multiple platforms to include games from consoles, PC, Android and iOS. GamesGrabr will also have a dedicated app for Android and iOS devices when it officially launches.
Two days ago Call of Duty fans were finally able to get their hands on the next installment in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series of games, appropriately named Black Ops II. Well along with this new release of Black Ops II, Activision have updated their Call of Duty Elite service to support their new Black Ops II game and that also means that the Elite application has also been update.
At the beginning of this month we talked about a new emulator being developed by the same folk who created the rather widely used fully working Wii emulator called Dolphin for PCs and that they were now working on building a fully functioning emulator called PPSSPP which would let you play all those favorite PSP games you still own. At the time of reporting on this, PPSSPP was only available for download through the developer's website.