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Daily Authority: Android games on Windows
Google launches Google Play Games on PC if that's what you want, plus more tech news you need to know today!
🐕 Good morning! Had a great dinner out last night capped off with Kyoto only barking once. A real improvement!
Google brings Android games to Windows (not for you)
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Wake up people in Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: Google is bringing Android games to Windows in your markets, right now, and nowhere else yet, for some reason.
- Back in December, Google announced Google Play Games would be coming to PCs.
- Just a month later, that’s happening, if you’re in those regions and manage to get in the beta.
- Google says you’ll be able to “play a catalog of Google Play games on… Windows PC via a standalone application built by Google,” and testers will be able to try out popular mobile games like Asphalt 9, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Summoners War, and Three Kingdoms Tactic.
- Google says “more than 25” games will be available. (Possibly meaning 26, I don’t know.)
- You’ll need Windows 10 or 11, a gaming-class GPU, and an SSD drive with 20GB of space, some of which some gamers won’t have on more value-class laptops.
- And for what it’s worth, you can earn Play Points while playing/paying for Android games on PCs.
Why? Why now?
- Google seems to be racing to bring Android games to PC following Microsoft’s announcement that it would be bringing Android apps (not just games) to Windows 11.
- And of course, Microsoft surprisingly partnered with Amazon and its own Amazon Appstore rather than Google to achieve that.
- It could also be related to Apple allowing M1-chip Macs to run iOS apps and games too.
- But I mean… it is a little odd that Google just didn’t touch this market at all until now, letting the likes of Bluestacks emulate games by itself.
- It’s possible that the timing is finally right to move Android games to bigger screens, mouse and keyboard controls, and so on.
- Plus, Google’s new Android game developer site encourages devs to optimize games for publish-once-publish-anywhere cross-device play, so maybe there were limitations that have now been overcome?
- 👉 Get an early taste of the Samsung Galaxy A53’s specs and design (Android Authority).
- 💰 Here’s why your flagship phone doesn’t have a telephoto camera: the lens plus OIS is reportedly reaaally expensive (Android Authority).
- 🍎 Apple has slashed trade-in offer value on many phones, and there’s less cash than ever on offer for trading in an Android phone. Which does prompt the question: why switch? (Android Authority).
- 🤔 OPPO outlines a possible battery-free future powered by cellular, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi signals (Android Authority).
- 😬 Google is discontinuing its legacy free G Suite tier on July 1, meaning pay up or lose access to your free custom domains (Android Authority).
- 📁 A report says foldable phones tripled their sales in 2021: from approximately three million up to nine million sold (Display Supply Chain).
- 📶 Qualcomm is looking to move the SIM from an eSIM to an iSIM: integrated SIM, within the SoC, to save on silicon space and boost efficiency (Qualcomm).
- 📶 Wi-Fi 6 is so old news: MediaTek says it’s testing Wi-Fi 7 technology, first products could arrive in 2023 (XDA).
- 🧪 Biotech: Altos Labs bursts out of stealth with $3B in financing, Jeff Bezos funding, a dream team C-suite and a wildly ambitious plan to reverse disease (Fierce Biotech).
- 🚆 Former SpaceX engineers bring autonomous, electric rail vehicle startup out of stealth (TechCrunch).
- 💵 “Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard deal is a move toward the post-console world” (Wired).
- 💍 Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings prequel series now announced as Rings of Power is going to be all about… well, the Rings of Power — and here’s what you need to know (Gizmodo).
- 🤔 “ELI5: What is the technical reason behind the airline industry saying 5G deployment will compromise its flights?” (r/explainlikeimfive). In short, possible interference with altimeters which may make landings an issue, so everyone wants more time to assess and certify there won’t be interference.
Something fun for you: on this day, January 20, back in 1892, the first official basketball game was played in Springfield, Massachusetts, by YMCA students of the game’s inventor, James A. Naismith.
- Naismith had invented basketball in 1891, “to condition young athletes during cold months,” using peach baskets and a soccer style ball.
- At first, the game was chaos: full contact, tackling, a free-for-all.
- The first rule change was to disallow running with the ball.
- The first international game was in 1893, just a year later, in Paris, in Montmartre.
- It took until 1894 for the soccer ball to be replaced by a ball Naismith contracted Spalding to make.
- And, the seriously great game of wheelchair basketball started in the mid 1940s.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.