During Google’s keynote session that got Google I/O 2014 off to a roaring start, the attention grabbing news for many people was the preview of the L Developer Edition or the release of new wearable devices or maybe even the announcement of Android Auto. For developers though, some key bits of information came later during the session when Google introduced some new tools that would help those developers generate a positive revenue stream. Speaking of that, Google indicated developers have been paid over $5 Billion since last year’s Google I/O, which was 2.5 times the amount from the prior year.
Recently, an FCC filing hinted at NVIDIA releasing a Shield 2. What else would NVIDIA be doing with an FCC filing that resembles a handheld gaming console? Now reports out of France claim that NVIDIA’s Shield 2 would be globally released next month on July 22. Similarly, the original Shield was released at the end of July 2013.
The Shield 2 is expected to feature NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor.
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Google’s gaming service, Google Play Games, is going to be getting a few improvements in the near future that should help developers bake more functionality in their games. Currently, the Play Games service manages things like achievements and leaderboards, but Google is working on more improvements to the system.
As Google I/O prepares to get underway later this week, companies are poised to share their stories and successes not only for the media covering the event, but with the developers as well as they hope to entice them to use their wares in their own solutions. One company that is on-hand is Qualcomm which produces chips used in many Android-based devices. Their latest graphics processor, the Adreno 420, just happens to be making its public debut in the market with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A device. Part of Qualcomm’s new Adreno 400 family of SoC GPUs, the chip will help raise the bar for mobile-gaming experiences and should bring mobile devices on par with desktop systems.
Many industry forecasters have said that Amazon has set itself up for failure with its new Fire Phone — the device doesn’t have the specs we’ve come to expect from extreme high-end devices, and some of the features, like the camera identification feature that links straight to the Amazon app, isn’t exactly new in terms of technology (Google Goggles) and seems a bit gimmicky. Not the mention the price is pretty steep (right up there with today’s flagships, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8) and its AT&T exclusivity.
However, Amazon will be doing anything and everything it can to make sure the device doesn’t fail. Today, the company announced that it will be giving out up to $15,000 in Amazon Coins to developers if they update their apps to be optimized for the Fire Phone. Hit the break to see Amazon’s guidelines regarding what’s on the table here:
If you are a fan of Sonic The Hedgehog, Sega has a special going on right now that you might be interested in. Several Sonic titles are on sale for only 99 cents. The titles are normally $2.99 each except for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing which is still listed at $3.99. Hit the break for the full list and download links.
The folks over at Halfbrick Studios (the creators of hits like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride) have released a new game to the Play Store called “Band Stars.”
In this game, users are tasked with forming a band, creating music and beating high scores to reach the top of the charts.
E3 is here, and all of the major gaming companies are beginning to announce the new titles they’ll be releasing in the next year.
SEGA today announced ‘Sonic Jump Fever,’ a new installment of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
This game is a bit more social than others before it, as it centers around beating your friends’ scores. You can chose your character and compete in vertical jumping challenges, much like Doodle Jump in the Sonic universe. There are a bunch of power-ups and boosters to collect as well as unique character abilities.
The actual release date is not known, but stay tuned for more as the beginning of summer comes closer. Hit the break for the game’s promotional video.
In case you haven’t been paying attention to your calendar too closely, next week is the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, which means we will likely see a bunch of gaming related news over the next few days. The latest that might interest Android gamers involves the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. micro-console and OnLive, the online gaming service. The companies have announced the completion of a project to optimize the OnLive Android app so that it will run on the M.O.J.O. This will give users of the OnLive service access to over 250 AAA games via the PlayBack game service as well as their own library of games via the CloudLift service on the M.O.J.O.
It has been a while since NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang indicated the company was going to produce a successor to their NVIDIA Shield gaming device. The time for a public announcement must be getting close judging by the information starting to leak out about the NVIDIA Shield 2. In late April we saw the device surface in the AnTuTu Benchmark site with a Tegra K1 processor and 4GB of RAM onboard. Now, a device from NVIDIA has surfaced in the FCC database that appears to be the Shield 2.