Google encourages developers to use the newer Saved Games feature (Snapshots) instead of AppState

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Back in 2013, Google Play Games launched giving developers the ability to implement game saves using the AppState API. The API made it easier for developers in that they didn’t need their own server for the saves. However, it was limited to only 4 slots of 256k of data, which wasn’t enough for some games.

Google followed up with a new Saved Games feature that used Google Drive and gave developers 3 MB per game and unlimited slots. This was introduced a few months ago at Google I/O, but the older AppState continued to exist.

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NVIDIA SHIELD announces Android 5.0 Lollipop update and a whole lot more

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NVIDIA promised us a quick Lollipop update for the SHIELD tablet, and they have delivered. They just announced that it will start tolling on November 18, and it comes with more goodies.

First off, the update will include the Dabbler app, which is NVIDIA’s painting software that offers full support for layers. Now users can share live Dabbler sessions over Twitch.

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Humble Bundle app removed from Google Play as new features are planned

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To donate to charity and receive an impressive set of games, you will to go exclusively to the Humble Bundle site for the time being. The official app has been removed from Google Play following the group’s plan to implement new features. For people that have the app installed on their devices, everything will remain to operate in the way it does currently; however, there are no future updates to come. When the app does return, Humble Bundle will do so through its own installer and not Google Play.

Source: Humble Bundle

Niantic Labs’ Ingress gets major update today allowing user-generated missions

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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.

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Real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander now available for Android

StarWarsCommanderAndroidThe popular iOS real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander that was released at the end of last month and has received a plethora of high ratings is now available for Android. Players will be able to choose between the Empire and the Rebellion. From there they can build bases, train troops, upgrade units and play with friends. The game offers an all-new story and is available in multiple languages.

As if this needs to be said, but the game offers in-app purchases. It requires Android 2.3.3 and up and we have a gallery, trailer, download link and QR code for you after the break. Enjoy!

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PS4 Remote Play possible with Xperia Z3 phones and tablet

remoteplay_Z3-sonySony’s two latest smartphones, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, and its latest tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, will support Remote Play from the PlayStation 4. If you have both a PS4 and one of these devices, you can play you PS4 games on the Z3 screen while using the Game Control Mount GCM10. For Android gamers, this feature is a must. Now you can play your PS4 games remotely without needing a PlayStation Vita. This addition has greatly increased the quality of games available for mobile, and all that is necessary is a mount to go on your controller.

Source: Droid Gamers

The big balls are back, Activision unloads Wipeout 2 into the Play Store

Wipeout_2_App_Large_IconFans of the Wipeout TV show will be excited to learn that Activision just released the sequel to Wipeout, appropriately named Wipeout 2. This app brings 135 levels and over 150 obstacles for all your hilarious Wipeouts. You can play as 10 hilarious characters including Zombie, Pirate, and Popstar. Can you conquer Big Balls?

Features:

  • COMPETE AGAINST FRIENDS: Watch your progress on the social map and leaderboards to see how you stack up against your friends.
  • CRASH, BASH AND DASH THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DAY: Try your hand at new daily courses to unlock special rewards!
  • ADD FUN UPGRADES AND ABILITIES: Customize your character with performance enhancing costumes and abilities like rewind, teleport, and speed boost.
  • BIG BALL WORTHY DAILY REWARDS: Receive a variety of rewards, including coins and power-ups!

Screenshots and download links after the break.

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Google Play Store now has a separate section for Offline Games

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Today Google launched a new section of the Google Play Store dedicated to offline gaming, a welcome addition to the store for the more data-conscious Android users out there. The new Offline Games section currently includes the excellent Beach Buggy Blitz, Jetpack Joyride and Fail Hard. While a handful of the games support online multiplayer, all 54 of the titles can be played offline. Read more

The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land to swarm onto mobile devices in 2015

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AMC has announced that they will be releasing an official companion game for their hit series The Walking Dead. The new game, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, is being developed for mobile devices by AMC and Next Games. An early look at the game is expected at Comic Con later this month and the title is expected to be released in early 2015 which should coincide with the mid-season premiere for season 5. Read more

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood brings star’s power to mobile gaming

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Kim Kardashian has built an empire being Kim Kardashian and now that success has extended to mobile gaming. Glu Mobile’s Kim Kardashian: Hollywood was released on June 25th and has already rocketed up the charts to become the third most downloaded game in Apple’s App Store and is in the top ten free games in Google’s Play Store. The game has also garnered near unanimous praise from users ranking five stars. The question now is whether Glu and Kardashian can build on the solid start or will this prove to be another boom/bust for a mobile gaming developer. Read more