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.
Attention, iOS owners -- Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of World of Warcraft is now iOS Universal, which means you can now play this game on your iPhones. Also, the game has now been made available on Android with a new interface for smartphones, which should allow users to play the game easier on smaller display screens.
For those who are not familiar with the game, Hearthstone is a combat strategy game that works the same as Magic: The Gathering, in which players can design their deck, then play against either AI or other online players. Newbies need not worry about learning the game, it has tutorial levels that should help first timers get started.
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