Platforms getting gamed
Yesterday we saw the open availability of Google’s (GOOG) App Inventor, encouraging anyone and everyone to make their own Android app. Today, we got an update on Epic’s Unreal Engine support for Android, with news of the upcoming title Dungeon Defenders: First Wave. It’s part of the initial push behind Unreal Engine-powered games on Android, marking one of the first titles to emerge from this initiative.
You can expect Dungeon Defenders: First Wave to be available in the Android Market before year’s end, with a launch date of December 23. The tower defense action RPG will deliver Unreal Engine 3 technology for Android gamers, with online and offline campaigns, challenge missions, leaderboards and co-op play via GameSpy.
Sony (SNE) is interested in Android gamers as well, though not how you’d hope them to be. After swirling rumors of a PlayStation Android phone, Sony’s announced its plans for an upcoming Android app. Instead of pushing games through the Android Market, it’s delivering mobile access to its gamer community. It’s a far cry from what many PlayStation fans would want from an Android app, but it’s promising in that Sony is targeting the Android platform at all.
LinkedIn gets mobile
Beyond gaming, another big community can experience mobile access as well. LinkedIn has finally launched an Android app, currently in beta. The professional social network displays updates, provides people search and discovery tools, and basic account management features, such as responding to friend requests. The activity timeline and profile views makes it simple to brush-up on contacts before a meeting, all made easier through mobile access.
Periodicals on Kindle
Amazon (AMZN) is also leveraging its well-rounded Android presence, with updates to its Kindle app. In addition to books, you can now get newspapers and magazines on Kindle’s Android app, letting you buy once, and read anywhere (by anywhere, we mean any connected device with a Kindle app).
Get titles like The New York Times, Newsweek and The Atlantic, delivered straight to your Android phone for on-demand reading, anytime. This puts the Kindle Android app on par with the Kindle device, and makes Amazon that much more competitive with Apple (AAPL), and even Google, which has recently launched its own e-books app for Android.