For nearly two years, Google's beloved Android operating system has been an absolute desert for good mobile games. Now, all of the sudden, grade-A games are finally coming to Android, and Google's looking to seize that momentum by making changes to the Android Market.
The Android Market currently treats apps as basic, static programs which don't require a lot of details. As such, each app's listing has just two screenshots and a small amount of room for the developer to write a brief description.
Coming soon, though, developers will be able to post as many as eight screenshots on their app info page, a detailed "release note" list that explains changes made over the lifetime of the app, and YouTube integration will be implemented. So if a game developer wants to let you see the game in action, it'll now be as easy as clicking an icon on the screen.
The Android gaming momentum really hit a fever pitch when Angry Birds was ported from the iPhone. Within days, millions of copies had been downloaded, unlike any other game in Android's history. That alone is causing more game makers to look at Android, but it's more difficult than iOS to develop for because of the large variety of hardware running it. These enhancements to the Android Market will hopefully encourage more developers to bring their games to Android. Recently, John Carmack has said that he's working on a port of the just-released RAGE iPhone game.
Nov 18, 2010