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Xperia Play Hands-on

Posted by Dan Mousavi On February - 14 - 2011

Yesterday Sony unveiled their new smartphone for gamers, while the phone itself is nothing new, thanks to countless leaks, having the device in the hand and seeing official games for it is something that surprised a lot of people, because the games all ran super smooth and the fun of playing mobile games increased tremendously, just because you have real buttons.

The device will be available in Europe from nearly every carrier in March and will launch in America this Spring through Verizon. So let’s start with the hands – on, so you can decide for yourself, if this could be your next smartphone.

As a reference game, we will start with the PS 1 Emulation:

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GDD talk: Building games with the NDK

Posted by Dan Mousavi On November - 12 - 2010

Last Tuesday Google invited german developers to the MOC in Munich and one session led by Dan Galpin (Google Developer Advocate for Games) was very interesting for Android Game Developers (and high interest gamers). For example did you know that every game could backup the savegames over Google services and no one has done it yet? Or that you can share assets between applications through intents? Even more known services like cloud-to-device messaging haven’t found the way into games yet.
There were a lot of more interesting tidbits and while there wasn’t anything new to report, a lot of the old stuff isn’t commonly known, I didn’t know that widgets can’t be moved to SD.
So to learn more about Android games and the possibilities, check out the talk, I filmed it spontaneous with the Nexus One, so excuse the sound quality and my shaky hand, holding your hand up for 30 minutes is no easy feat, but at least I had the best seat in the entire hall. :)
Part 4 is especially interesting, where he gives out a Wish List for future Android game features.

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The PSP Phone

Posted by Dan Mousavi On October - 27 - 2010

A few months ago rumors started to spread about a PSP Android phone by Sony Ericsson and while these rumors sounded very convincing (since every gamer expected such a device since Sony formed it’s partnership and brought their first phone together to the market), finally some real screenshots came to light over at Engadget.

What you see here is a mobile gamers dream come true, a real D-Pad, real buttons, two optical trackpads to emulate analog sticks and shoulder buttons deliver complete control over your games, just like on a real gaming handheld. No lousy D-Pad like the N-Gage, real buttons on the side of the touchscreen, so you don’t accidentaly press them like on the Nexus One, the design just looks flawless for gaming. A second menue button under the D-Pad and the placement of the back button on the left side of the system keys will ensure, that you don’t need to rearrange your grip to reach all keys. The Touch Panel on the backside also ensures, that you can touch anywhere on the screen without blocking the view or letting go of your controls.

I’m pretty sure, I am looking at my next phone here, this is the killer gaming device I expected from Microsoft for their Windows 7 launch, which never came and makes their device lineup look pale for gamers. Even if Sony wouldn’t go all out (like the rumor mill says) and not builds a real gaming store for this device, I would need one of those for the massive amount of Android games, that would profit from better controls. The dual analog Sticks combined with the shoulder buttons will make building first person games reasonable for the first time on a mobile device, not even the original PSP could deliver that.

The device, which codename is “Zeus” has the following rumored specs at the moment:
1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (like the G2, but 200 Mhz faster)
1GB of ROM
a screensize around 3.7 to 4.1 inches

We’ll let you know as soon as we have more solid info about Sony’s plans for Android, but whatever they are, if we get such a sexy device out of it, then Sony is on the best way on the road to success. The only thing I wish for on this device is a 3D screen from Sharp, which would make playing First person shooters a lot of fun and since Sony is on the forefront of bringing 3D into households, I hope they cease this opportunity and build it in, I don’t care if it bumps up the price point and so would a lot of gamers. Let’s hope for the best and pray to the gaming gods, that our wish will come true, since our last one for a PSP Phone seems to be fially getting heard.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Tab – the first Android tablet for Gamers

Posted by Dan Mousavi On October - 22 - 2010

Today I visited Green Robot, who were kind enough to let us take a good look on the Galaxy tab and test out it’s gaming capabilities. Since the Galaxy Tab is one of the hottest gadgets at the moment, we won’t bother you with a device review, because you can already find good user impressions on the net, I recommend engadget in english and golem in german.
Instead we will focus on it’s gaming capabilities, which could very well be the secret weapon for the 7 inch tablets, give tips for developers on how to optimize for the device and show some videos of popular android games running on it.

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A visit at Scoreloop – Interview with CEO Marc Gumpinger

Posted by Dan Mousavi On August - 19 - 2010

Since Scoreloop announced in May that they have a rapid growth on Android with over 300000 new Android Users per week, their software is used in more and more games, that’s why Androidpimps decided to pay them a visit, because we wanted to hear straight from the source, what Scoreloop is exactly and what it does for gamers and developers. CEO Marc Gumpinger sat down with us and was willing to answer all our questions, that’s why we asked him to one part gamer questions and one part technical questions, that will be more interesting for developers, who think about integrating Scoreloop into their projects.

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