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.
Everyone enjoys getting stuff for free and getting Google Play store credit for free is no exception to that rule. However it is Google that is giving away the free store credit and all you have to do is fill out quick surveys to earn yourself some store credit which you can then use to purchase games and applications.
Square Enix has already made a pretty big announcement today with regards to the release of Hitman GO for Android which will be heading our way soon. The company has also announced that it will be launching a new paid version of their Thief companion app for Android users later this month.
For all you developers out there who want to make apps and games from Google's Chromecast, the SDK now has support for Google Play Services. Along with this new support, a new version of Google Play Services has begun to roll out to all Android devices in general.
Nvidia has pushed out a new update for their TegraZone app which brings with it support for all Android devices, not just Tegra-based ones. This means you will be able to track your Tegra-based games collection regardless of what devices you are using as well as stay up-to-date when new games come out.
Today Android gamers get a little bit of a treat, especially if you enjoy playing Dreamcast games. That is because Reicast, a multi-platform Dreamcast emulator that works quite well, has arrived onto Android today. Reicast is actually a fork of Nulldce for those of you familiar with that emulator. This release is being labeled as an Alpha version but once you dive into it, Reicast seems to have more of a beta feel to it.
Razer and their in-game voice chat software Razer Comms has expanded to include support for VoIP calls and messaging to Android phones from PCs and vise versa. This is all doable from within games with no need to alt-tab when playing a PC game.
Google's Play Store app is getting an update today that has already begun to roll out which will be bringing a bit more social activity to the application. This new version (4.5.10 for those of you keeping track) will introduce a new social activity feed for you to check out.
There is a very interesting application heading to Android in the early part of 2014 called Createrria. Developed by Incuvo, this application will allow those of you who are creative or want to try your hand at creating games for Android to do just that, create and share games for Android. The really interesting part about this is that you'll be doing this on your Android device.