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…)
Uh oh. You know all of those reports recently suggesting that Samsung had decided to ditch Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S6 because it was experiencing overheating issues? There may be some truth there. Well, we still don’t know about the overheating rumors, but Qualcomm admitted today in its earnings report that a “large customer’s flagship device” would not use the Snapdragon 810. That “large” customer is large enough that Qualcomm lowered its 2nd half of 2015 outlook. (more…)
For owners of the Galaxy Note 4, you can now order the Gear VR straight from Best Buy, which has it available for in-store pickup. Released by Samsung, the Gear VR is the company’s take on virtual reality, where users can play games, experience concerts from the front row, and much more. (more…)
A refresh to Google Search results for movies is apparently rolling out on Android, according to Google’s G+ page. I can’t say that I have searched for “show me Angelina Jolie movies” in a while (read: ever), but the beautiful new UI that shows after searching for that is very nice. You can see it in action below. (more…)
Over the next week through the DL Deals Store, you can pick up a massive 20,000mAh ZeroLemon SolarJuice battery pack for $50, perfect for charging all of your smartphones while you hang out on the beach.
Not only can this beast charge your devices, but it integrates a solar panel which allows it to be recharged by any lighting condition. The battery is capable of 1000+ recharge cycles over the course of its life, and features 4 LED indicator lights for displaying charging and discharging processes. (more…)
Today, news is breaking from the FTC’s order for TracFone, a prepaid service provider, to pay $40 million for slowing the speeds of customers who have paid for ‘unlimited’ data plans. While the act of throttling data speeds is not exactly frowned upon, the way in which TracFone implemented it was the issue.
While advertising ‘unlimited’ plans, users on TracFone saw throttled speeds after only 1-3GB of usage, then a complete suspension in service after 4-5GB of data. The FTC wants it to be known that they will not stand for false advertising, but as long as the terms of a plan are fully disclosed, carriers need not worry. (more…)
2015, like we predicated months ago, is going to be the year of “INSERT APP received a major, super, awesome, blowout, overhaul, update, makeover to Material Design! #materiyolo!” We, as a team, grew sick of writing up each and every single attempt by developers to update to Google’s latest design language, something you may have noticed. Most apps, if we are being honest, aren’t getting it right. But some, like Runtastic which received an update today, is worth a mention and feature. (more…)