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Very soon, on July 12 and 13, the Google for Games Developer Summit 2021, organized by Google, will be held.
The conference will focus on innovative solutions in game creation, as well as the experience of the company in communicating with players and organizing business in the gaming industry.
The event will be completely free for all participants and is available by prior registration.
Apple has selected finalists for the Apple Design Awards, which are awarded annually to game and app developers for excellence in innovation, ingenuity, and technical delivery.
All the finalists, whose games and applications the company recognized as the best in six different categories, can be seen on the official Apple website. Winners will be announced at the WWDC conference on June 10.
App Annie has shared statistics that analyzed consumer spending on purchases in mobile games and apps in the first quarter of 2021. As a result of research, the company found that consumers around the world spent $ 32 billion on purchases in mobile games and applications, which is 40% more than in the same period in 2020.
At the same time, the total amount of iOS and Android spending was divided by users as follows: iOS users spent $ 21 billion, and Android users spent $ 11 billion. The number of downloads of mobile games and apps also increased significantly, with 31 billion downloads in both app stores, up 10% from the previous year.
The list of the most downloaded non-gaming apps includes TikTok, YouTube and Facebook. Social media, instant messengers and video streaming remain among the fastest growing app categories.
The most profitable category is still games. In the first quarter of 2021, users spent $ 22 billion on games, downloading a total of approximately 1 billion games weekly, which is 15% more than in 2020, and 35% more downloads in the first quarter of 2019. IOS gamers spent 30% more than Q1 2020 and spent $ 13 billion, while Android gamers broke 35% spending record for $ 9 billion in total.
Snap has introduced a new generation of Spectacles augmented reality glasses. The device is equipped with waveguide displays that are capable of superimposing virtual reality images on the outside world. To apply AR effects, the glasses use the Snap Spatial platform, as well as technologies for tracking hands, markers and surfaces.
The lenses and display of Spectacles AR glasses provide maximum immersion in augmented reality with a maximum brightness of 2000 nits, which makes it possible to use the device both indoors in low light conditions and in open spaces.
Built into the frame of the AR glasses are 2 RGB cameras that allow you to detect objects of the surrounding world for the best interaction with augmented reality, and the device is also equipped with four microphones, two stereo speakers and a touchpad.
Spectacles are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform, which delivers high performance. The new AR glasses work autonomously for up to 30 minutes and weigh up to 134 grams. The device interacts with Lens Studio, allowing developers to create, test and publish new lenses on the Snap augmented reality platform.
This prototype of AR glasses will not go on sale and is intended only for developers. The creators of the device are planning to improve the design, functions and battery life of the device before it hits the market and becomes available to users.
Recently, the operating systems of various devices have begun to support dark themes in applications. Moreover, this mode has become an almost mandatory component of most applications. What is a dark theme? Is it really necessary for users? Is a dark theme better than a light one? Let's look at these issues together.
The dark theme is the design of the application interface in dark colors, in the development of which designers use a dark background instead of a light one, but text and icons are light so that they stand out against a dark background.
Today, almost all new operating systems support a dark theme and, analyzing information about the environment of the user, transmit all the necessary data to applications. Thus, the user either automatically sees the dark theme of the interfaces when there is a lack of natural light, and the light theme in the conditions of sufficient illumination, or can change dark and light themes manually, depending on personal preferences.
Why does a user need a dark theme at all? If the users are in a poorly lit room for a long time, they are unlikely to be glad to see a bright rectangle in front of their eyes. In most cases, the lack of a choice of a dark or light theme can lead to a complete refusal of the user to use the application or website.
Many streaming services initially have a dark theme, because their developers take into account the fact that many users often watch videos at night or in poorly lit places. In this case, the dark theme is one of the most relevant application design options that won't distract users from the main content.
The easiest and fastest way to make a dark theme to your application is to create shadows for all the colors of your brand. A vivid example of a well-executed dark theme is the official Twitter app. Instead of a banal black background, the designers picked up the dark tones of their signature blue hue, which makes their application more recognizable and original. Finally, one of the most important benefits of a dark theme is battery saving. The largest amount of power is consumed by the display, and this amount directly depends on the total amount of light emitted by it. Therefore, the application, designed in dark colors, consumes 90% less energy than a light application.