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Game dev ditches Android over fragmentation

Game dev ditches Android over fragmentation

Game developer Mika Mobile has revealed it plans to abandon Android after development and support investment vastly outweighed revenue, blaming OS fragmentation and dozens of hardware versions as key frustrations. The developer, responsible for Zombieville USA and Battleheart among other titles, claims it spent around 20-percent of its time in 2011 dealing with Android - "porting, platform specific bug fixes, customer service, etc." - but sales to Android users only contributed 5-percent of total revenue.

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Google denies Android app payment crack-down

Google denies Android app payment crack-down

Google has denied penalizing developers for using third-party payment services, contesting claims that it told Android app makers they risked marketplace rejection for using PayPal or others instead of Google Wallet. Despite reports earlier this week that Google had contacted developers using PayPal, Zong, Boku or other payment providers, and threatened to suspend their listings in the freshly-renamed Google Play marketplace, the search company says its policy on payments is unchanged.

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Hello Google Play, RIP Android Market

Hello Google Play, RIP Android Market

Today Google has rebranded its massive set of markets into one: Google Play, "Pure Entertainment, Anywhere You want it to be." This new market is taking the place of the Android Market, the Music store, Books, and Video stores as well. Google has taken this evolution of their market structure and put it at the forefront of not only their digital sales for each of these different medias, but for their cloud storage services as well. What you've got here is not just a store, but a place you can access your purchases at any time from whatever device you've got that can hook in.

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Temple Run for Android release official

Temple Run for Android release official

This week the folks at Imangi Studios have officially announced availability for their upcoming release of Temple Run for Android. This game has already seen massive success on the iOS platform for both of Apple's hero devices, iPhone and iPad, and has been the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in the App Store back in January of this year - not an easy feat. There will be a FREE TO DOWNLOAD version of the app available for Android at the end of this month - March 27th to be exact, and the release will almost certainly break records if interest shown thus far is any indication.

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Google Android Market app limit shoots from 50 MB to 4 GB

Google Android Market app limit shoots from 50 MB to 4 GB

The file size limit for Android Market downloads has radically increased from 50 MB to 4 GB. What will this mean to the end user? Believe it or not, not a whole lot. After all, there are many apps on Android that are larger than 50 MB already. Google's new change is mostly symbolic in nature, and also works to ensure users have the appropriate time necessary if they want to request an app refund.

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Temple Run Android gets yet another delay

Temple Run Android gets yet another delay

Bad news, would be archaeologists-slash-aerobics enthusiasts: those of you with Android phones and tablets will be waiting a while longer to play iOS smash hit Temple Run. While previously indicating that the game would be available sometime this month, developer Imangi posted on their Facebook page that they're still in the final stages of development. The game is in beta at the moment, but it'll be another week - possibly more - before it hits the Android Market. Bummer.

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PSA: PokeMon apps for iPhone and Android are fake

PSA: PokeMon apps for iPhone and Android are fake

This week the fact that a illegitimate clone of the game PokeMon Yellow (the special Pikachu edition, that is) is busting up the charts in the iTunes App Store charts for most popular download. While the game might download decently, you should note that the vast majority of people who have fallen for the promise of a PokeMon mobile game have found the game to not work in the slightest beyond the start screen. The same is true of Android with any app you download at the moment with the PokeMon name on it: Nintendo has not yet brought the game to the market, so whatever you're downloading - it's not the real deal.

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Android users beware: Temple Run scams galore

Android users beware: Temple Run scams galore

For those of you waiting to play the ultra-popular game Temple Run on your Android device, beware: it's not out yet, and if you've downloaded what you think is an official game, you've been scammed. There have been several Temple Run impersonators sitting on the market over the past couple of weeks, and there are some pretty awesome temple run genre games out there such as iRunner, but the real deal Temple Run is now yet on the market. Those of you working with iOS on your iPhone or iPad - there's a different story entirely.

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TechNet study shows App Economy one gigantic job creator

TechNet study shows App Economy one gigantic job creator

The bipartisan organization of top technology executives known as TechNet has recently found that jobs that fall under the "App Economy" umbrella number in the six digits: 466,000 people in the USA alone. This study concludes that software applications for smartphones, tablets, and Facebook combined have created nearly 500,000 new jobs in the United States since 2005. This rapid increase of jobs from this environment spells good news for the technology world and especially the mobile world where app creation reigns supreme.

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