A lot of developers probably use cloud computing to store their personal music library, stream movies at home or book hotels, but they may not be so sure about using the cloud to create their next mobile game. For the last few years, a number of firms have created mobile backend-as-a-service (mBaas) offerings that allow developers to offload chores like hosting or managing servers to keep apps up and running.
The stats from just two years ago sound pretty good to me: A new user every 56 seconds. A download every 16 seconds. More than 2.6 billion possible devices to run the apps on. And yet, there's nothing too surprising about Intel's decision to close its AppUp app store, other than what took so long.
The only thing that seemed to happen more suddenly and quickly than the success of Flappy Bird was the vilification of its creator after he shut it down. I think you have to remember that consumer apps and mobile games are entertainment, and there is a long history in the entertainment industry of superstars who have tried to walk away from their greatest success.
Talk may be cheap, but Alibaba is getting ready to start having some very expensive conversations with mobile game developers. Last month, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, the Chinese e-commerce firm said it was launching a new platform for developers to create mobile games, the kind of announcement that might not have gotten a lot of attention were it not for the pricey incentive that came along with it.
Some might say Amazon has always had a killer instinct, but now it owns Double Helix, the team behind the popular "Killer Instinct" game on Microsoft's Xbox One console. The news came out through a recruiting event jointly hosted by the two organizations. Amazon did little more to confirm the acquisition than to say the transaction is "part of our ongoing mission to build innovative games for customers.
There are probably a number of app developers who would like to fling something painful at Rovio. And you could hardly blame them. Not that the creators of Angry Birds would be the only targets. Since the New York Times reported that the NSA and a similar organization in Britain have been culling personal data via smartphone apps, the floodgates for criticism and even hacking have been blown wide open.
Ever since high school, I've known guys who put aside time in their week, no matter what else is going on, to get together at one of their friends' houses to play console-based video games from early evening until the wee hours of the following morning. These kinds of parties have a particular ambience, if I can call it that, that is charactered by a deep focus and intensive competitiveness, and more than a little trash-talking. It's hard to imagine that same thing happening virtually, using smartphones--but that's where we're headed.
When iOS 7 launched there were hopes that it would usher in a new era of mobile gaming. Now, thanks to Moga, developers are starting to see what that area is going to look like.
All app developers know that if they want their mobile games to succeed, they have to be available on Apple's iOS, Google's Android or both. And for many of them, getting there now means working with Unity.
Say what you will about app developers in the U.K., but they certainly can't be accused of taking themselves too seriously. Last week Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) released the results of a survey it...