If you plan to develop apps using wearables for gaming, you’re about to enter an exciting new field of innovative user experience. This post lets you in on some of the secrets to why HandyGames made a success using SmartWatch 2 as a controller for their mobile game Aces of the Luftwaffe.
Gamers, get your votes in by Monday, May 19! You’re the judges when it comes to playing and voting on the best games from 2,497 entries developed during Ludum Dare, a worldwide game development event. We’re also excited to see how the submissions from developers attending the Sony Lund gathering will rank. Read on to see the winners from the local Sony competition.
We’re excited to announce a new promotion channel for game developers called Xperia exclusive, which will be visible on the majority of all Xperia™ smartphones and tablets. This channel will promote games and game developers who are willing to go the extra mile and create unique in-game content exclusive to Xperia™ smartphones. It could for example be special Xperia™-car, or the option to play as a new character. These games will also include a link from the main menu of the Xperia™ exclusive list (for the best discoverability of new games), and they will be fully optimised for Xperia™ smartphones. Are you a game developer who wants to be part of this? Learn more after the jump.
Considering screen orientation is essential when creating a good user experience. Imagine having a game on your smartphone that can only be played with the phone facing one direction. Or what if the information entered in a field of an app gets erased every time you rotated the phone? It’s not an ideal user experience. So if you haven’t taken screen orientation changes into consideration when you’re developing your game, this is our next game developer tip. Read on for more details.
We’ve added some new, and very important tips to the Xperia™ Game Developer Recommendations list. The first recommendation is that your app should check for a Wi-Fi™ connection, which benefits users who may have a limited data plan and helps carriers reserve network bandwidth for other services. The second recommendation is that your app should check the status of the SD card. This is important since the SD card automatically unmounts when the back cover of the device is removed and may cause the SD card to become unreadable. Read on for more details.
Been wondering how you can get your mobile game into the spotlight? Are you ready to start making money off of your standout app? Karl-Johan Dahlström’s session at AnDevCon – Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – Building Success with Xperia™ PLAY – can help kick-start your Android™ development and your game into high gear. Read on to get more details about this speaker session, the AnDevCon event, and an exclusive discount.
Google recently announced multiple APK support in Android Market™, which allows you to upload multiple versions of an APK for a single product listing, instead of having to upload a single APK file for every version of your product. We got the lowdown from Anupam Nath, a Developer Support Engineer at Sony Ericsson, who explains in more detail about how this new feature can help solve some of your issues when publishing your app on Android Market™. See more after the jump.
If you haven’t put much thought into how you assign the application versioning for your game, it is definitely an important detail you should keep in mind. Correct versioning makes it easier for you to maintain the development of your game, and makes it easier for users to keep track of what version they are running. This is the fifth in a series of tips that supplement the XperiaTM game developer recommendations. This tip expands on Packaging recommendations – PK6 in the list of game developer recommendations: For the final version of a game, the version value should be “1.0.0” or higher and the current APK version should be higher than for any of the game’s previous releases.
Read more about this important recommendation after the jump.
If you haven’t already read or seen what Facebook inside Xperia is, here’s a brief recap. When you update the Xperia™ software on your Sony Ericsson smartphone with the Facebook inside Xperia update, users are able to “Like” a track from the music player, tag photos in the phone’s gallery, sync contacts in the phonebook with current Facebook statuses, and sync the calendar with Facebook events. This should undoubtedly be a big hit with Sony Ericsson customers who use Facebook on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
As the wonderfully innovative Xperia™ PLAY games continue to keep coming into the Stand out from the Crowd submission site, Sony Ericsson is pleased to showcase the next standout game – Lame Castle from Be-Rad Entertainment – and fully optimized for the Xperia™ PLAY.