Over the weekend the new Google Play APK was ripped apart by the folks over at Android Police and inside the APK's gooey innards were source files for the alleged Google Play Games service we have been talking about on and off for over two years. It looks like Google I/O 2013 will more than likely have an announcement announcing the official Google game center type of service we've all been wishing for.
TestFlight is an interesting service that has been in closed beta for a little while now. What this service does is provide Android developers an area that makes it much more easy to run any sort of public beta for their application or game that they may be working on. Instead of having to put the beta version of your game on Google Play, or provide a self-hosted or cloud-based download and having people manually install your beta, TestFlight allows people to download and install a beta version of your game off the internet and onto their device.
A new social gaming platform application has been released today onto Google Play called ImGame. Developed by ImGame LLC, this application does something that, for the most part, most other social gaming applications don't do and that is allows cross-platform checking in and online notifications.
Ubisoft is working the hype train with the release of a trailer that shows off their upcoming companion service (and companion application) for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag called The Watch. This companion service and application will be available to players who have pre-ordered the Pirate themed edition of the Assassin's Creed Saga.
Interesting news today from Google who have updated their Content Policy (the Dangerous Products section) for the Google Play store with a new little snippet of information that states developers must now go through the Google Play store when pushing updates to their games or applications. Up until now it wasn't mandatory to push an update through Google Play which means developers were allowed to push their updates for their games or applications directly to a user's device.
While there are a fair number of Amiga emulators on Android already, using them can be a bit of a pain. This is especially true if you're not technically fluent in running an emulator aside from loading up a game. The Amiga emulators generally provide a bit more of a challenge since most of the ones available do not come with their own file system. This means you have to provide one yourself, so if you aren't that experienced with an emulator of this nature, you were kind of left out in the dark.
We've covered this topic in the past on more than one occasion, with coding found in the source of Google+ and Google Games, and other things that point to Google working on a Game Center type of feature for Android games. This is something that we have been saying for awhile now that is absolutely needed and it looks like it could finally be arriving.
Amazon has announced that they are planning to expand the AppStore's reach to over 200 countries in the coming months, giving developers who happen to have games and applications for sale on Amazon's AppStore a much bigger user base to sell to then what is currently available right now.
Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass application has had an update pushed out that owners of tablets that are bigger than 7" will be happy about. The new update that has arrived today brings with it support for large tablets, not just those that are 7" in size. That isn't all that the update contains but it is the biggest feature.
Awhile ago we wrote about ways to play Wii and Gamecube games on your Android device using Splashtop Remote Desktop and the Dolphin Emulator for your PC. Well now you can cut out pretty much all the steps to pull that off as the team behind the Dolphin Emulator have released a pre-alpha version onto Google Play.
Google has officially announced and begun rolling out the new design for the Google Play store application staring right now. Android phones and tablets running Android 2.2 or higher will at some point over the next week or so be receiving the new layout which, we must admit, looks pretty damn nice. Then again each new design iteration of the Google Play application has been a step in the right direction for the most part.