This week, Sam Watson has been busy putting out fires and starting even more, so our regular-ish Mobile roundup comes from o̶v̶e̶r̶w̶o̶r̶k̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶n̶ special guest contributor Joshua Nevill. Normal service should resume from the next installment.
In the meantime, take it away Josh!
A really interesting article about the rise of ‘social mobile’, and how major players like Facebook and Google are being beaten by mobile-first companies. Think WhatsApp vs. Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger – who’s winning there?
Some meaty gaming news here; a mobile version of the gaming engine responsible for Battlefield and Need for Speed. This could be a big, big development for future mobile game releases.
Google Play now has an official “game centre.” I’ve always wondered why Apple don’t have a web presence for their games store, this could change their attitude towards the accessibility of the platform.
At present, the fastest personal internet connection in the world is a very, very expensive service in Japan capped at 2GBPS, so mobile internet at 1 gig will represent an incredible leap forwards. Alas, not likely to hit our mobiles until at least 2020…
A stirling effort from Blackberry to inspire a bit of brand loyalty and combat their lesser share of the market – I’ve certainly spoken to a lot of people who switched from BB to iPhone because nobody else they knew was using BBM – which is after all one of the phone’s key selling points…
The best of the rest:
Each week i’ll be asking a member of the twentysix team to summarise their favourite app of the moment:
This week – Sean Murricane: Social Media Manager
I love the ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ animation – brilliant way to get a safety message across in a music video. An accompanying game app has just come out and it’s everything you’d hope for – funny, sweet, charming, really easy to play, and a little bit frantic as it demands you solve puzzles faster and faster.