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3 years ago

Developer says Pocket Legends makes more money on Android than iOS

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Spacetime Studios, the company behind the popular mobile MMO Pocket Legends, has released some surprising numbers showing that the Android version of their game has been pulling in more money than its iOS counterpart. The game gets about 9,000 daily downloads on Android compared to some 4,000 on iOS. In addition, the developer noticed that Android gamers would spend about three times more time within the game than iOS users.

What is even more impressive is that Pocket Legends makes most of its money using in-app purchases - the actual game is free. This means that even without Google having implemented their in-app purchasing system yet (Apple has had it implemented for some time), Android users are buying more than iOS users. Spacetime has also bought ad space for their game inside other mobile apps and has seen about three times the interest from Android users compared to iOS users. Because of these numbers, CEO Gary Gattis said: 

"This led us to stop advertising on Apple and throw all of our marketing dollars onto Android. It really just makes sense from a financial point of view."

Stories like this aren't just great news for the particular developer, they are great news for the Android platform as a whole. With hundreds of thousands of apps, it is increasingly hard for developers to get noticed and stand out in Apple's App Store and many are frustrated by Apple's vague App Store rejection policies. For many, it would seem that Android is still an untapped market and don't be surprised if you see iOS games coming to Android in droves this year. [Computer World]

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3 years ago

Android Quick-App: N64 Emulator

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One of the great things about Android is the ability to install emulators and ROMS that allow you to play your favorite games from past consoles. The latest to hit the market is N64 Emulator, which plays such popular games as Goldeneye and Super Smash Brothers.

After playing the NES, SNES and N64 emulators, the N64 version is more playable thus far, though by a small margin. I think what makes the difference is the joystick, which is extremely functional and works a lot better than I expected it to.

If you’re not familiar with emulators, they create a virtual controller on your screen. An interesting part of N64 is that there is an important button, Z, on the bottom of the controller. Obviously there is nothing comparable on your mobile device, so they have positioned it in the top left corner of the screen. The joystick is on the bottom left, A + B are bottom right, the yellow C buttons are above A + B, and R is top right.

The layout is solid, but difficult for some games, like Goldeneye, that require the use of all of the controls. This is a difficult predicament to overcome and smooth gameplay will only come with practice or heavy configuration of the controls.

Some of the best games to play on this app are racing games, due to the fact that they require less buttons. I’ve played MarioKart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing and both have played very well. I assume this will mean games like F-Zero X and Wave Racer 64 will play just as well.

I have also spent some time with Madden, NHL, Mario Golf and Super Smash Brothers. The sports games worked fine while Smash Brothers was a bit more difficult due to the amount you depend on the C Buttons.

Keep in mind that I’m playing all of these games on a Samsung Galaxy Tab and that on a smaller screen where the buttons are closer together, you may get better results.

Overall I am very pleased with N64 Emulator. It’s amazing that we can get these games to work well on our mobile devices. To have Goldeneye and Perfect Dark available in my pocket at all times is unbelievable.

The app is $5.99 and is available from the Android Market. While the price seems high, it’s worth it in my opinion. Just to have the ability to play any N64 game you want at anytime is worth it to me. Check out a video, more pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Immersion releases MOTIV SDK to Android developers, takes haptic feedback to the next level

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At the Android Developer Conference in San Francisco today, Immersion has released the MOTIV SDK -- bringing the ability to completely customize haptic feedback on Android devices to both OEM's and application developers.  The MOTIV SDK brings hundreds of pre-designed haptic effects along with code samples that allow developers to quickly and easily give their applications an extra layer of realism through feel.  Examples include things like a first person shooter giving different feedback for a pistol than it would a machine gun, to more subtle things like each string vibrating at a different frequency in a guitar app.  These enhancements are available for all Android phones running Android 2.1 or higher.

Immersion says that small details like this make for better apps, and I'm thinking they are right.  You can try out a demo of the available pre-built haptic feedback schemes on your own device with Immersion's UHL Effect Preview app (download link after the break), and the whole concept seems pretty ingenious.  The full press release, as well as a video demo are after the break as well.  [Immersion]

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3 years ago

Google brings Instant Previews to search results for Android phones

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Google has added Instant Previews for search results on mobile devices, including Android phones. If you do a search on Google, and click the magnifying glass next to a search result, it will bring up a visual preview of the results that is easily scrollable. This makes it much easier to find something if you know you're looking for a specific type of content or graphic. 

For Android, Instant Preview is compatible with devices sporting Android 2.2 and up and is available in 38 different languages.. If you have Froyo and above, just go to Google.com in the browser and do a search. You should be able to see the magnifying glass that will allow the Instant Previews. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Dual-booting Android / Windows 7 ViewPad 10 from Viewsonic now shipping

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Back in November we were told the dual-booting Windows 7 / Android tablet would be shipping come Q1 2011 and Viewsonic today has made that happen. Just in case you need a refresher on specs, what you'll be getting yourself into with the ViewPad 10 is:

  • 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor
  • 2GB of memory
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1.3 megapixel built-in front camera
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Android 1.6 and either Windows 7 Home Premium (with a 16GB SSD hard drive) or Windows 7 Professional (with a 32GB SSD hard drive) for respective ESPs of $599 and $679.

Not so sure how well Android 1.6 is going to fare in the days of the Motorola Xoom but if you're looking for the full press release from Viewsonic, you'll find it behind the break. [MarketWire]

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3 years ago

TELUS announces the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is coming soon

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For the most part, the days of waiting long periods of time for a device released in the U.S. to make its way to Canada are pretty much over. With that in mind, TELUS today has announced the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G will be arriving within the next 30-days for customers. We won't debate the whole 4G thing this time around but, if you're a TELUS customer looking to make use of that fast internet connection the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G can help you do that. Head on past the break for the full press release, also if you want to check out the T-Mobile version you'll find our hands-on here. [@TELUS]

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3 years ago

HTC EVO View 4G trademark registered

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While we'll have to wait until CTIA to really figure the situation out, HTC has gone ahead and registered two versions of the "HTC EVO View 4G" trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The HTC EVO View 4G if you need a reminder, is the rumored device we heard talk of last week and is suggested to be Sprint version of the HTC Flyer. While the registration lacks details about it being a tablet, it does call out "Portable computers" and -- that's close enough in our minds for now but we'll see what happens at CTIA.  [USPTO via Good And Evo]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom's browser put through its HTML5 paces

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Is the Xoom really ready for prime time? That's a pretty loaded question depending on whom you ask. Most folks who have picked up a Motorola Xoom have reported that the browser works considerably well with the exception that Verizon's 3G network is a little slow. However, when it comes to asking Sencha -- a company that makes JavaScript frameworks for desktop and mobile devices and are experts on HTML5-based products the Motorola Xoom browser falls flat on it's face. From their testing data:

We found consistent and reproducible issues in CSS3 Animations and CSS3 Transitions among other things. We had issues where the browser either hung or crashed. Regular scrolling was slow or below full framerate. We had issues where media playback failed or performed incorrectly. At times it felt like we were using a preproduction device, but we bought our test device from a Verizon Wireless store.

Harsh words. Sencha was quick to note the finer things about the Motorola Xoom browser before dropping their complete analysis bomb on everyone though. The Motorola Xoom led the pack during the SunSpider test due to its use of a more recent WebKit build. After that, well -- the Xoom in their minds bit the dust despite obtaining perfect score on the Acid3 tests as it still failed to render the letters and numbers, as it should have.

So should this turn a user off from buying a Motorola Xoom -- or leave a bad impression of the device overall? Not really. The tests completed by Sencha were done so based on their business background being the development of HTML5 applications. Unless you're intending upon developing HTML5 applications you'll likely not be as concerned as they were with the browser's abilities.

That said, it does add some credibility to those who have stated the Motorola Xoom was rushed out the door. But, hopefully Google and Motorola will continue to work out the kinks, I mean we already have to ship the device back to them anyway. Least they could do is load a new browser. Makes me wonder how Firefox would run on it. Full report is available at the source link should you want the nitty gritty details. [Sencha via Daring Fireball]

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3 years ago

Rovio Mobile teases Angry Birds Seasons St. Patrick's Day update

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You can't actually download it just yet, but the St. Patrick's Day update to Angry Birds Seasons is being teased in video form. More levels, more pigs, and a whole lotta green. Check it out.

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G now supported by ClockworkMod recovery and Rom Manager

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If you've rooted your HTC Evo Shift 4G, you now have the option of using ClockworkMod recovery, as well as it's simple front-end Rom Manager.  With the release of version 3.0.1.4, ClockworkMod recovery now fully supports all the Shift 4G's partitions, and even backs up your WiMax keys. 

Getting it all set up is pretty easy -- first you'll need to root your Shift 4G, then hit the Android Market and install Rom Manager.  When you open the Rom Manager app, you will be prompted to update/install the latest ClockworkMod recovery for your device.  That's it, you're now set up and ready to run a backup and flash custom ROMs and hacks to your Shift 4G, and have an easy restore path using the backup you've made.  All without tethering your phone to a computer.  [Android Central forums]

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