Demand for affordable, dependable PCs has never been higher as much of the world still reels from pandemic fallout, including chip shortages everywhere. Chromebooks have proven to be a winning formula that helped Google's platform get a leg up over Windows and macOS. As sales continues to shatter volume records, publishers are teaming up with Google to include their products in its thriving ecosystem, including one of the biggest gaming platforms around.
It's no secret that Chrome OS has become way more capable over the years, maturing far beyond a simple browser-platform. It shows Google is serious about making Chromebooks an appealing choice for everyone, supporting Android apps and even powerful Linux tools to sweeten the platform's appeal. With official support for Steam around the corner, Chrome OS is even closer to becoming a viable choice for hardcore gamers — and an upcoming addition levels-up the gaming experience even further.
We all know that Android tablets aren't exactly the industry benchmark, and Google has mostly stopped creating first-party products for this market. But the company still hasn't given up on tablets. It has just announced an "Entertainment Space" that should make Android tablets vastly better at giving you access to your streaming services, ebooks, and games — right on the leftmost panel of your homescreen.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom was released in 2003, and even though critic reviews were mixed, the game gained enough of a cult following to receive a remake last year. The 'Rehydrated' version is already available on all major consoles and PC, but now a mobile port is on the way, thanks to developer HandyGames.
Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up is an upcoming augmented reality game for mobile, and it's slated for release in the UK in the fall of 2020 and will be released worldwide at a later date. Since this is a fresh announcement, only a few details have been shared, and so far, we know the game will be animated through CG, and that fans will get to join the duo in their latest business venture as an employee of the Spick & Spanners. Ideally, the game will provide a home-based experience (as in this AR game can easily be played at home), and will support the majority of modern smartphones.
Creating creatures and characters for games takes up hours upon hours for designers, which is particularly a problem when you need thousands of individual models. That's where Google's Research and Stadia teams come in. Together, they've created an ML-based tool that could one day help designers make monsters for their games — and you can use that tool right now on the web.
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You already probably know about video game console emulators for Android, but what if you want to play classic PC titles originally meant for DOS, like Sim City, or DOOM? Well, it's not quite as simple: taking your favorite old PC games on the go can involve anything from setting up virtual drives to running command-line programs.
While it's not the most complex process in the world, you definitely could be forgiven for not knowing where to start, which is why we decided to create this guide. Emulating DOS on Android and Chomebooks (with Play Store support) is totally doable, and you can be up and running in just a few minutes.
The Professor Layton series of puzzle games has been incredibly popular since its debut on the Nintendo DS, and the first two games have already been ported to Android. Now the third title in the original triology, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, is coming to mobile later this month.