Note: Testing for this review was done on a Nexus One
I love drifting. As I tuck myself into bed, I can be heard to whisper "Good night, Dorikin". So when I read that Reckless Racing, so long anticipated on the Droid Forums gaming section, had finally been released, I immediately bought it from the market.
My first impressions weren't particularly positive. The country hick theme (RR was formerly known as Deliverace) did not appeal to me, and the single-thumb control scheme was terrible.
Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so. Compared to last week's roundup, this one is huuuuge and is a real testament to how seriously developers are starting to treat Android.
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To the sound of a resounding “Meh”, Sony Ericsson have publically indicated that they have dropped Symbian off their roadmap for future handsets. Having been a member of the Symbian Foundation since its creation, Sony Ericsson are now jettisoning the aging platform for greener fields, leaving Nokia as the sole steward of the Symbian brand. According to spokesman Aldo Liguori:
“[Sony Ericsson] have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system”
Funnily enough, Sony Ericsson are still part of the Symbian Foundation, they just don’t have any Symbian handsets planned.
Word has it that id Software is considering releasing their newest hit game, Rage, onto the Android platform. During QuakeCon 2010 live keynotes, id announced that they would be bringing Rage to the iPhone/iPad and that the Android platform was being considered.
Rage by id Software is the newest addition to their FPS line of games; it has become extremely popular and received three Game Critics awards this year at E3: Best Console Game, Best Action Game, and Special Commendation for Graphics.
Recently it has been reported that Google plans to add carrier billing options to the Android Market. This is great news for developers, but it may be moot, as we’re getting reports that a lot of users are having issues downloading apps that they have purchased. When a user tries to purchase an app, it seems that the market is hanging while authorizing their payment, regardless of their checkout method (credit card or carrier billing).
So, by now, you’ve probably already heard that the Samsung Galaxy S is a beast at gaming – it can produce a staggering 90 million triangles per second compared to the Nexus One’s 22 million. But that is just one spec, and real world tests are what most people care about. Quake 3 has now been ported to both devices, and it acts as a great test of each device's gaming capabilities.
Unity3D recently announced that pre-sales are going on for their Android version of their great 3D engine. Game developers who are still on the border as to whether or not they want to make the jump to Android or, if you already are developing for Android making the jump to Unity 3D, have a little more incentive now. Unity3D will give the first 500 Unity Pro for Android pre-sale orders a free Nexus One.