According to Apple, the Pokemon Go game just became the most downloaded mobile app ever in its first week of release in the history of the App Store. Actually, it took only four days for Pokemon Go to become the number one free mobile app in Apple’s US App Store. This is quite a remarkable achievement considering that the augmented reality game has not even finished rolling out yet across the globe. Indeed, Pokemon Go had initially been deployed in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, and is currently being made available in other regions in Europe and Asia (the phenomenally viral game has just launched in Japan).
In terms of the total volume of mobile game downloads around the world, Google’s Android mobile operating system certainly enjoys the lion’s share. According to a report published by development firm Unity3D, Android has captured an outrageous 82 percent share of mobile games downloaded during the second quarter of this year. As for Apple’s iOS platform, it managed to account for 17 percent of mobile game downloads in the same period. Unity3D gathered its data based on over 4.4 billion installations of Unity powered mobile games across 1.7 billion devices around the world.
There were reports earlier that the Pokemon Go game installed on iOS powered mobile devices asked for full access to a user’s Google account when signing up. But now, the developer of the game, Niantic Labs has rolled out an update that should modify the permissions needed. When requesting for information, the game now limits its permission to “Know who you are on Google” and “View your email address.”
Niantic Labs, the developer of the massively popular game Pokemon Go, has full access to mobile users’ Google accounts, that is if they used their Google account to log into the game from a mobile device built by Apple. Whoops. To its credit, Niantic has said on record that it did not access anything other than user IDs and email addresses, and has promised from here on that it will significantly reduce the access it requests.
Facebook's Messenger app continues to morph right before our eyes into something that is no longer just your standard online messaging tool. Now, it has Doodle Draw, the first ever true game that is directly integrated into Messenger's fabric.
Before, Facebook only allowed content generating apps, such as those that help users make GIFs and sound effects, onto the Messenger Platform. Among these apps, Talking Tom was the nearest thing to a game. But upon closer inspection, it was actually just a tool that allows users to select a cartoon avatar to deliver their video messages for them.
Last month in May, Apple quietly introduced a few changes to how it highlights and sorts mobile apps in the iTunes App Store, particularly in the games section. Some of these changes may be significant to developers of games because the way their creations are displayed on the App Store may be affected.
Before, game developers had depended on featured app lists that were generated by way of algorithms in order to show the latest or trending apps. But it appears that quite a number of these app lists are nowhere to be seen. As a matter of fact, lists like New, What's Hot, and All iPhone (Free & Paid) have disappeared. instead, lists that have been editorially curated have now taken their place.
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