At Google I/O 2016, the first edition of a new annual awards ceremony will be held. The 2016 Google Play Awards honors the developer community by giving out awards to apps and games nominated in ten categories.
Hit the break for the categories and the nominees in each.
Google’s long-term focus is on exploring the power of augmented reality rather than virtual reality, according to a report from The Information. Read more
It’s early days yet, but it seems that Samsung has scored a home-run with its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (reviewed here) smartphones. The enthusiastic take up on the handsets has been helped by the Korean electronics giant sweetening the deal with either a free Gear VR, Gear S2, or even $100 cashback, to say nothing of the various carrier deals floating around. Samsung usually throws in a bunch of apps with its flagship models, and it has done so again with the Galaxy Game Pack that is only available for the S7 and S7 Edge handsets. Read more
NVIDIA, in partnership with 2K Australia and 2K Games, has released Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in their line of Borderlands games which includes the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2. Borderlands: TPS is slotted in the timeline between the two previous titles, a position that makes it an interquel according to NVIDIA. Read more
The latest thrilling LEGO adventure gives Jurassic Park fans the chance to play through all four colossal films alongside a cast of lovable characters. Read more
On Talk Android Deals, the SNES30 Bluetooth game controller and phone hold is on sale for 22% off. The controller, which works with all major platforms, works with and without wires to enable a comfortable gaming experience in a retro design. The SNES30 from 8Bitdo is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and OS X despite not having a touchscreen of its own for mobile games.
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Sony’s PlayStation brand has been synonymous with gaming for more than two decades. The Japanese company pushed out four major video game consoles with additional handheld gaming consoles throughout the years to be home for a massive amount of first-party titles known around the world. Now, with PlayStation getting involved in virtual reality later this year, Sony wants the brand to continue entering new territories.
Today, Sony announced that characters from your favorite PlayStation games will be making appearances on mobile devices. A new studio known as ForwardWorks is tasked solely with bringing PlayStation favorites to phones and tablets.
Lazy Bear Games’ Punch Club is a boxing RPG that launched on PC, Android, and iOS not too long ago to pretty good reviews. The good news for Punch Club? They just passed the 300,000 mark for copies sold. The bad news? It’s been pirated over 1.6 million times. That’s a 5:1 ratio in favor of the pirates. Ouch. Read more
An attendee at a recent SXSW panel captured some footage of Pokemon Go in action, showing the virtual monsters spawning in real-life surroundings. Read more
Since being released in late 2014, Hipster Whale’s Crossy Road has stood tall as one of mobile gaming’s most popular titles. The game, which is available across all major platforms, has amassed over 120 million downloads. And now the developer see it’s the right time to release a special version of Crossy Road with a fresh batch of characters.
Coming soon to Google Play and other app stores is Disney Crossy Road.