The Mobile Game Trend

Recently, mobile gaming has been gaining a rather large share in terms of revenue. Gaming consoles/platforms and online gaming giants have dominated the game industry for the last decades, but with the enormous mobile gaming insurgents, change is definitely coming and change is welcome especially for avid gamers and enthusiasts.

Mobile games revenue forecast is predicted to increase up to $45 billion by 2018. Asia has been the leader in the industry since 2013, and is predicted to dominate the industry by up to 50% total revenue. Industry Analyst Vincent van Deelen stated, “This is simply not the case. We are also emphasizing that the recent results of individual high profile companies such as Rovio, King, DeNA and GREE are not necessarily indicative of the state of the mobile market as a whole. It is not in our interest to inflate market figures, but the hard facts have forced us to adjust our estimates upward. We have maintained our year-on-year growth rates toward 2017, ultimately leading to a $40Bn+ market share.”

In this regard, mobile game players have successfully gained large share in the market like most gaming console and online gaming companies. Indeed, this is good news for game development companies and their shareholders to put more focus and emphasis on this growing trend. Android games are also expected to be predictably higher in the coming years. Though, it is still a proven fact that iOS rakes in more revenue than Google Play despite the latter having massive download for freemium model type of games. But in a global perspective, Chinese app stores and android game downloads and revenue far exceeded iOS last 2014. North America, Europe and other Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea have also ventured in the global trend. Reports show that mobile games now account for nearly 40% of the country’s total digital games revenue. With increased competition, smaller companies are also getting creative with the introduction of e-sports, multi-screen gaming and HTML5 mobile gaming, and the final trend is the rising popularity of downloading Android games for TV-based gaming. The top 7 companies  in the mobile gaming industry compete for the release of quality games to dominate further and not to get left behind in the scene. These are some of the most downloaded game apps:

1. aa

2. Agar.io

3. Angry Birds

4. Angry Birds Rio

5. Angry Birds Seasons

6. Angry Birds Space

7. Angry Birds Star Wars

8. Angry Birds Star Wars 2

9. Angry Birds Go!

10. Angry Birds 2

11. Ant Smasher: Best Free Game

12. Archery Master 3D

13. Asphalt 8: Airborne

14. Bad Piggies

15. Bad Piggies HD

16. Banana Kong

17. Basketball Stars

18. Blossom Blast Saga

19. Boom Beach

20. Brave Frontier

21. Bubble Witch Saga

22. Bubble Witch 2 Saga

23. Candy Crush Saga

24. Candy Crush Soda Saga

25. Cars: Fast as Lightning

26. Castle Clash: Age of Legends

27. Clash of Clans

28. Clash of Kings

29. Clash Royale

30. Color Switch

31. Criminal Case

32. Crossy Road

33. CSR Racing

34. Deer Hunter

35. Despicable Me

36. Diamond Dash

37. Diamond Digger Saga

38. Don’t Tap The White Tile

39. Dragon City

40. Drag Racing Classic

41. Dream League

42. Dumb Ways to Die

43. Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

44. Extreme Car Driving Simulator

45. Fast Racing 3D

46. Frozen Freefall

47. Geometry Dash

48. Geometry Dash Lite

49. Farm Heroes Saga

50. FIFA 15 Ultimate

51. Flow Free

52. Fruit Ninja Free

53. Glow Hockey

54. Hay Day

55. Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

56. Hill Climb Racing

57. Hungry Shark

58. Jetpack Joyride

59. Jewels Saga

60. Magic Rush: Heroes

61. Minecraft: Pocket Edition

62. MORTAL KOMBAT X

63. My Talking Angela

64. My Talking Tom

65. Pou

66. 8 Ball Pool

67. Pet Rescue Saga

68. Piano Tiles 2 (Don’t Tap…2)

69. Plants vs. Zombies

70. Plants vs. Zombies 2

71. Real Racing 3

72. Score! Hero

73. Shadow Fight 2

74. SimCity BuildIt

75. Skater Boy

76. Slither.io

77. Smash Hit

78. Smurfs’ Village

79. Solitaire

80. Sonic Dash

81. Spider-man Unlimited

82. Stack

83. Star Girl

84. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

85. Subway Surfers

86. Summoners War

87. Talking Tom Bubble Shooter

88. Temple Run

89. Temple Run 2

90. Texas Holdem Poker Deluxe

91. The Simpsons: Tapped Out

92. Throne Rush

93. Traffic Racer

94. Traffic Rider

95. Trivia Crack

96. Vector

97. Zombie Tsunami

98. Z War

99. 2048

100. 2048 Number

This is a clear indicator that mobile gaming market share is expected to grow in the coming years.

Android’s NDK – A Blaster Kit

Being an open source application, Android has never went through restrictions over development. But as a leader to the Open Handset Alliance, Google devised a path that allowed a native code development, which will enable developers to execute the code directly on the micro-processors of a device. Recently, Google released its NDK 1.6, which is much-hyped as a blaster kit allowing rapid native application development to derive the results.

What is NDK?

The NDK (Native Development Kit) is an adjunct to the Android’s SDK (Software Development Kit), which enables developers to generate and execute native machines within application packages. This code adopts the same restrictions as the Virtual Machine code, but it can embed a big list of operations, rapidly. This is a kind of ultimate tool to Android app developers since it can do heavy computations, digitized processes and developers can even port some performance-sensitive portions of their existing applications coded in ARM assembly language C and C++, which can call-out a live Java application through Java interface.

Few types of applications that are inefficient in creating interpreted Java, for instance, a real-time business intelligence supported by the mobile device, will work as native code. This kind of approach by the native code does not allow the application to slip out the sandbox created by the Operating System and specially, the native coded apps can’t be executed from the GUI, directly.

NDK 1.6 , What it has?

It’s a good news for Android app developers, that some new improvements have been introduced in the recent NDK 1.6. As seen in the Android’s official site, the new release has:

The capability to directly call-out the OpenGL functions which enhances the graphic rendering to big screen mobiles. The new NDK can parse the properties and can find which platform it was targeted. Then, it will automatically generate libraries in the native code. All sources like C, C++ and Java can be placed under the same tree for easier editing. Increases the performance of memory-intensive operations, and promises a big-drop in battery drain. And hot fixes to increase the host system abilities.

X code and Eclipse:

X code (iPhone’s IDE) is a great development kit. Its like a rainbow of different tools which range from interface designing tool, debugging tool, advanced compilers, memory analysis tools, memory leak finders, simulation and even icon designing tools. That’s pretty much more than you need.

But Eclipse, (Android’s IDE) is a Java-based kit. We can say that it is a pretty straight-forward SDK, since you can easily know what’s going on from the start till end. Luckily, Android SDK allows to integrate all libraries, compilers, emulators into a mixture.

Like Apple’s App store, Google is positioning itself to design and run its own Android market. But it will take a long time, since iPhone’s app store is considered as the most organized integrated application market on the Internet. Till the second quarter of 2009, app store reached 1.5 billion downloads. The reason is the smooth integration of iTunes with the device but Google thinks that the concept of App Store will eventually vanish and the web will take over, everything else.

Since, Android is open source, it liberally allows introduction and execution of innovative technologies. The platform will grow as a big giant as the open-source developer communities constantly support the path. Android has gained a global recognition all over the world but Apple’s iPhone takes the credit to spark up the industry where in the past, most mobile applications were either media players or simple race games that looked like 16-bit Nintendo stuff.

The release of the Android 1.6 NDK to the developing community indicates that the Android team had started to attract more developers to the platform – especially the Symbian developers, and possibly, the iPhone developers who feel that their hard work plunges in to the pool of hundreds of thousand apps, which is clogging the enormous iTunes App Store. Let’s wait and see, what this open source application, will bring to the world.

Best Android Games: Jewellust, Nesoid and Farm Frenzy

Jewellust

The Android Jewellust game navigates you to the Ancient Egypt where you can switch and break open colorful gems, find mosaic tiles and move around pyramids. The user has to navigate 30 levels in 7 pyramids and an underground Temple to reach Pharaoh’s power. You can make use of Santa to deliver gifts, pass 7 villages and solve jigsaw puzzles. The game takes you to a number of levels, power-ups and scores. You can play in survival mode for high scores, after getting skilled in this game, otherwise the user has to switch into campaign mode, which is meant for the novice in the game. The game offers rich graphics to enjoy, charming sounds and different shapes to play around. The game is very funny, addictive and a good time-killing exercise.

Nesoid (NES Emulator)

Nesoid is the famous NES/FC emulator for Android apps and it offers you practically unlimited gaming possibilities. It provides the facility to play NES games in your favorite Android phones. But before you start playing games, you have to download and play NES ROMS, and then install it in your system. You can store the games on your Android phone SD memory card. It contains some great old NES titles. Nesoid offers various options to play. You can adjust the display to full screen or native resolution. You can also play NES Zapper games using the touch screen. Nesoid thoughtfully features an on-screen virtual d-pad along with start and select buttons. If you are a GI/HTC owner and don’t might buying apps, Nesoid is a worthy option. Nesoid is tailored for retro gaming fans.

Farm Frenzy

Farm Frenzy is a mobile version of the famous award-winning PC game and is now available for Android. It is a simulated game and the objective of the game is that you have to look after your own farm and adopt low key farming strategy. With this game, you can manage your farm, rear the animals and harvest their produce like eggs or wool and make products like cupcakes, cheese and butter, and then finally offer it for sale. You have to feed the animals well and protect them from predators. This includes, bears, which falls from the sky on the cows and you have to combat them, otherwise it makes your progress slow. By monetizing this game, you can use the money you earned to improve your farm, and then move from one puzzle to another with increasing difficulty. The graphics for this game is good and neat. The tutorials provided in this game offers an added advantage and serves as a valuable guide as the game unfolds. Overall, this is a great, unique and addicting game for the Android fans.