Like most companies, Samsung, maker of all the things, released their Q4 earnings numbers yesterday (more on those in a bit). While the numbers didn’t exactly impress (earnings in mobile dropped 64% annually, smartphone and tablet shipments declined), we didn’t expect them to. With that said, if you look at their earnings statement, Samsung appears to have some sort of plan to turn things around on mobile with what may be their most drastic changes yet. (more…)
According to the latest news regarding the Galaxy S6 from SamMobile, Samsung is set to remove nearly all bloatware apps from TouchWiz, slimming down the system’s weight significantly. However, for those who would still want these apps, they will be made downloadable via Samsung’s app store and possibly Google Play.
On previous versions of the Galaxy S line and Galaxy Note line, Samsung has been known to pump their UI full of software, most of which probably goes unused by users. Because of this, when you buy a Samsung device, your usable memory is nowhere near what is advertised on the box, as apps and software tweaks easily take up a few GB of space. (more…)
LG posted its 2014 financial results this morning, boasting a fantastic Q4 to cap off a successful year all around. On the numbers side, LG posted a net profit of 474.81 million (USD) for the full year of 2014, which is increase of 125% over 2013. Additionally, LG’s operating profit increased as well, hitting 1.73 billion (USD) from 1.14 billion (USD) the previous year. (more…)
Along with the fun Microsoft Outlook “preview” news from earlier, we wanted to point out Microsoft’s other news of the early hours, that Microsoft Office is out of preview on Android tablets and now available as separate downloads of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. After months of testing from preview participants, the apps are now ready for mass consumption. (more…)
Last night, Microsoft dropped a whole bunch of new apps on our laps that help round out their Office presence on Android. Not only did they take their Office preview out of “preview” with new apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but they released an email app that you may want to give a serious look at. Yep, Microsoft Outlook is now available on Android. (more…)
Chrome Beta on Android was released moments ago as build 41.0.2272. The update is mostly minor, but does include a new feature that seems like something we could have used long ago – pull-to-refresh at the “top of most pages.” That’s right, now when you are in a web page and want it to reload, you don’t have to go hunting for a refresh button. All you need to do now is pull from the top of the display downwards and you will refresh the page.
To give it a try, grab the update from Google Play or sideload the APK below. (more…)
In-app purchases are no new threat to mobile gamers. However, their implementation is becoming rather alarming, not just because of their existence, but at the rate of which publishers will utilize them to make a game nearly impossible to play without having to pay one way or another.
To clarify, it is not that we are against IAPs or developers making money. In fact, we feel quite the contrary. We want developers to make awesome games and get paid for it at the same time.
Instead of making users pay for the most basic aspect of your game, such as racing in a racing game, allow them to purchase cool upgrades and additional tracks. You don’t see Activision make players pay for bullets in Call of Duty, do you?
Whether you are with micro transactions or against them, they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. As piracy is still an issue on Android, it seems that for now, one of the better ways to make any money on Android is through IAPs.
So, do you buy IAPs when playing mobile games?
I have fond memories of the last Need for Speed title for Android from EA Games, but if the latest news from overseas is to be the same game plan for the US release of NFS: No Limits, then my excitement for the upcoming racing title has been completely depleted.
According to iOS users in select regions where the game has already launched, EA Games is bringing on the IAPs (in-app purchases) hard in their newest game. Going beyond making people pay for upgrades or to unlock cool vehicles, EA Games is going to make you pay for virtual gas to use in your virtual car. Kill me. (more…)