So Google finally realized that Android kind of sucks when it comes to gaming, eh? The big G has hired a developer advocate for gaming. I guess giving free phones away wasn’t good enough, (and I’m still bitter I’m not getting a new phone for Google I/O). They are slowly realizing they need to tryyy. And try they will. Let’s just hope it works out for them.
While phones like the Nexus One, Motorola Droid, and upcoming devices like the Evo, and Samsung Galaxy S have great potential in handling graphic intensive games, there doesn’t seem to be enough motivation for developers to get get some good material on the Android Market. There are a few good games, but no where near the amount, nor quality of what is found on the iPhone. Once these bigger, badder phones come to market, there should be a surge in game development. Keyword: should.
To make sure this will happen, Google hired Mark DeLoura. It’s up to this guy to get developers interested in developing for Android. This may appeal to some iPhone devs who feel a little thrown under the bus with Apple’s new TOS.
DeLoura had this to say:
I personally feel that Google hiring someone specifically to focus on games is a signal from the company that they recognize the growing importance of games as a medium. In this time of great disruption in the game industry, there are a huge number of opportunities for developers.
Let’s hope DeLoura can save the day, because Android needs his help, and fast. While it may be the hottest, fastest growing mobile OS, it’s still miles behind in some areas, games being on the top of the list. Amongst other things. With the addition of Deloura, and the new Marketing Manager in tow, I believe in the near future Google is going to starting pushing Android. Hard. I believe the Nexus Two, or whatever you want to call it will be advertised in places other than the web. I’d go as far to say: TV. Android may be gaining steam, but it’s still has its issues to be addressed.
Google knows what it needs to do, and it’s slowly taking the steps to get themselves in the position they want to be in.