According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million. Both are impressive numbers however you slice, but Android’s enormous market share globally is really showing through here.
The update coming for Google Play Services and Google Play Games brings another neat feature called Nearby Players.
There’s no bundle like a Humble Bundle, and today marks the ninth installment in the Humble Bundle series, and in this writer’s opinion, easily one of the best since the Humble Bundle launched. For those new to the Humble Bundle, its a pay-what-you-want bundle of games with a twist: if you pay more than the average price, a second tier of games is added to the bundle, and as new games are added over the coming weeks, previous buyers will be given access to the new ones.
The Samsung Gear VR was introduced at the Unpacked back in September, but we haven’t heard much chatter on when we can expect to buy the device or how much. it will cost. One would think with the Holiday season approaching, that it would certainly be by the end of the year barring any production issues.
According to Samsung internal documents, we are looking at a release date of December 1st in South Korea with a price of 200,000 Won, which equates to about $187. Unfortunately South Korea is the only region mentioned, but we can only assume other areas will launch around the same time. As to the pricing, my guess was $199 for the U.S., which is inline.
If you’ve been waiting for a price drop to pick up Gameloft’s newest mobile FPS, now’s your chance to pick up Modern Combat 5: Blackout and save a few bucks. Gameloft has put MC5 on sale for $3.99, down from the launch price of $6.99, which saves you about 40%. The game itself is pretty impressive for a mobile shooter and features a full campaign as well as multiplayer modes. The graphics are also top-notch for a mobile game, and there’s plenty of value here for the $4 asking price.
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The Gear VR just might be the next big thing, but unless consumers can try it out, they will never understand the full potential of the device. That’s why Samsung will provide demo units to Best Buy stores for consumers to experience the world of virtual reality themselves.
On the same day it releases the LTE version, NVIDIA is rolling out a software update to its tablet. The Shield Tablet is getting a bunch of enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important part of the update is the improved touch performance. For games requiring a touch, this is great. It is even better for the stylus included with the Shield Tablet due to precision getting a boost.
The software update, upgrade 1.2, includes the following:
- Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
- Network Test capability
- User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
- Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
- Improved Touch Performance
- Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements
An ultimate gaming machine in the form of a tablet. That is exactly what the Shield Tablet is. Today, you can get it with an LTE connection and 32GB of storage. Major retailers in the United States, online included, have the NVIDIA tank of a tablet in stock and ready to be shipped. Customers in the United Kingdom can expect to find the device through major online retailers as well.
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The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming platform has a new update available, Upgrade 92, that fixes some bugs users were experiencing. Topping the list is a fix for some streaming issues some users were suffering in GameStream. NVIDIA says they also fixed a bug that would replace the Twitch icon on screen and a non-operating Android icon. Other fixes include one for the auto-rotate screen feature and one for an auto turning issue in some racing games that use the gyro-sensor.
If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, on your device go to Settings -> About SHIELD -> System Updates.
Those of you (7 million of you) that play Ingress will love today’s update. A new featured called “Missions” is being introduced that challenges agents to visit a series of places to either hack or capture a portal and solve a puzzle via supplied clues. On top of that, you will also be able to create your own Missions and share them with other Ingress players.
For starters, only a a few select agents will be able to utilize this feature. It will get expanded over the next few weeks and months to all agents level five and higher.