If a report released earlier today by Reuters is to be believed Google may be making a play, right out of the Apple playbook.
Thenextweb is reporting this evening, by way of Reuters that Google may be strong arming developers into using the relatively new Google Wallet service for in-app payments.
It’s important to understand that Google Wallet now encompasses both the NFC based payment service as well as the other financial payment services that once fell under the Google Checkout umbrella. All developers with apps in the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) have to have a Google Wallet (checkout) account. Developers with paid apps get their original download payment via Google Wallet.
Ever since Maxis released the first Sim City title in the late 80’s the simulation category has been thriving. When Zynga introduced a social aspect of simulation games, the category skyrocketed. Now there is a simulation game for every category. The success of the game depends on gameplay, graphics and now social interaction.
All three components are major parts of TagPlay’s Funpark Friends title. Funpark Friends has been very successful on the iOS platform since it was released this past October. As you may imagine the theme behind Funpark friends is creating your own amusement park.
Tapjoy made a mark for themselves in the in-app payment space on both iOS and Android and in the process started a new kind of app payment method and continued innovating the mobile gaming industry.
It was announced Wednesday that Fast Company has named TapJoy to their 50 most innovative company list for innovations in the mobile gaming industry. With TapJoy’s newly structured app market they allow consumers to earn virtual app currency by trying offers and other apps. Thus, making a new category of payment in the mobile gaming space.
A new game has arrived in the Android Market today called Gaslight. Gaslight transports you to a steam punk world called Eastland.
Once you arrive in Eastland you need to both build up your post apocalyptic city and defend it. You’re either part of The Coalition or The Underground. Both sides are battling over much needed natural resources.
You’re going to need to build up your empire and then take your army to war. For this task you’ll need to rely on your strategic wit and the help of others that are playing Gaslight. It’s like cityville meets the steam punk revolution and call of duty all in one. The best part is this multi platform game means you can play with friends with iPhones and Android devices.’
About six months ago TapJoy got into a heated battle with Apple over virtual currency and apps that promoted other apps within the app itself.
If you’re not familiar with TapJoy they are a company, that until recently, specializes in, in-app purchasing and monetizing applications. They are very active in the app community in Silicon Valley, especially in San Francisco. Last year at their Google I/O after party they presented a panel that talked specifically too the monetizing infrastructure of both iOS and Android.
TapJoy is now introducing the TapJoy Personal App Marketplace. Don’t go saying that the third party app market space is full just yet. TapJoy has totally changed the model for their app marketplace making it unlike any other third party app store out there.
Millennial Media, Fun Mobility, Urban Airship, TapJoy and more will all be on stage at the upcoming Android Homecoming event February 10th-12th 2012 in Mountain View California. There are still a hundred or so tickets left here.
The developer track at the Android Homecoming is called “From the bedroom to the Board Room” with the focus being on all you crazy developers who work all day long at a “day job” and spend all night coding. All the developers who say to themselves, ” I really wish I could make my living doing Android”, well you can, and one of the ways to do that is with Millennial Media.
Millennial Media provides an easy to use SDK for developers with even limited amounts of experience. With the SDK you can add different types of ad units from a variety of Millennial’s advertisers, that range from simple, but professional looking banner ads to full blown rich media ads. Millennial has a stable of advertising ranging from major Motion Picture Studios like Paramount to Volkswagon, Honda and many more. Some of the biggest brands on Madison Avenue trust their ad spend with Millennial Media.
The Popular iPhone game Contract Killer is making its long awaited debut on Android very soon and Thedroidguy has the exclusive. Below you’ll see a group of exclusive photo’s of the game in action. Glu Mobile is at it again with another hit on their hands this time bringing the ever so popular Contract Killer to the Android platform. You are an “employee” for IPF or better known as a “Contract Killer”. You have missions and people to take out ala Grand Theft Auto but catch is, its playing on your Android device while the other isn’t. Of of now not to much is known about game as its still in testing however what I can tell/show you is this game play if fluid, beautiful and ever so addicting. Mission by mission you are to hunt down the enemy with different weapons at your disposal and do it all without being detected.