For those of you who may not keep up on Android news, Google held a HUGE press event yesterday for its upcoming Android 3.0 version for tablets (code named, Honeycomb). Android 3.0 is the first version of Android designed with tablets specifically in mind and was demoed on a Motorola Xoom tablet at the event. Android 2.2 (Froyo) is the Google OS that most Android phones are currently sporting, with 2.3 (Gingerbread) slowly starting to trickle out to a select few devices at the moment (like T-Mobile’s Samsung Nexus-S).
Last year, Disney Interactive acquired mobile games developer Tapulous and Disney Mobile’s Bart Decrem (a.k.a. “Ladykiller”) was even invited to the stage to give us a taste of what Disney Android apps we can expect in the near future.
The highlight of their offerings was Tap Tap Revenge 4. Tap Tap Revenge is currently the number one game in the iTunes Store and has had over 50 million downloads on iPhone alone! It looks like Google’s changing the way that their Android Market apps function by offering a new feature – the ability to purchase additional content from within an Android app itself! This is key in the ability to port Tap Tap Revenge over to the Android platform because it allows the user to be able to purchase additional in-game content. Namely, tracks from additional artists to be able to play. Compare it to a console game like Rock Band and it’s like being able to go to the Playstation Store on your PS3 and purchase track packs to give you new songs to play.
Also soon to be released will be a Radio Disney app for Android and another game called Jelly Car. We’re told that all of the apps will work on Android version 2.1 (Eclair) and up.
Here’s Disney Mobile’s Bart Decrem giving us a quick overview of TTR4 for Android.