Gamesome minor update 1.12

Hello,

a newer version of Gamesome has just been uploaded on the Play Store and will be available within a few hours.

It’s just a minor update and this is the changelog:

License check only the first runs, a persistent connection is not needed anymore

If you’re having any troubles, don’t hesitate sending an email!

Gamesome minor update 1.11

Hello,

a newer version of Gamesome has just been uploaded on the Play Store and will be available within a few hours.

It’s just a minor update and this is the changelog:

– Added “My Old Boy!” and “My Old Boy! Free” emulators

– Fixed SuperGNES/Superretro compatibility

– Minor fixes

Gamesome 1.10 on Play Store

The next update of Gamesome has finally been uploaded on the Play Store and it will propagate within the next hours!

The Changelog

Full version history here: http://wiki.gamesomeapp.com/index.php/Version_History
– Solved some issues with PSX disk images detection (experimental)
– New in-app purchases system, report issues
– New crash report system
– Material Design
– Added Sega Saturn,ZX Spectrum
– Added MAME4droid
– Added favorites
– Added rom Show/Hide feature

New App Permissions Explained

As you will notice, the Play Store will ask you to approve the update as it requires a new additional permission:

Gamesome asks you the permission to your accounts in order to choose one of your Gmail addresses that will be used to send crash reports, this operation from now on will be automatic and silent: many users try the app, have a crash and instead of reporting a bug give a 1 star review without giving any feedback, this hopefully will help identifying problems more quickly.

If you don’t want to use your email address you can choose to send anonymous reports, the consequence is that I won’t be able to answer you back if necessary.

Gamesome needs this new permission in order to create and display a list of the existing Gmail accounts on your device, nothing more!

 

Gamesome Future Updates

Since I’ll soon start my CS MSc thesis, the time to work on Gamesome will lack. During these months I’ll keep development active just for minor updates/fixes and I’ll probably improve the website, but I’ll talk about this in a blog post at the proper time πŸ™‚

5 new features that you’ll get in Gamesome 1.10

Today is a special day for Gamesome,

it’s been one year since I uploaded the first public version of Gamesome on the Play Store and it’s been amazing! I’ve been in contact with lots of users, developers and even companies. I’m so glad that my project has grown this much in just one year and I hope that you’ll appreciate my work even in the future πŸ™‚

So… What better time to post an update than today?

I’ll list you 5 new features that will be included in the next version of the frontend.

#5 – New UI

Gamesome received, as already anticipated, a large redesign that will progressively lead the app to comply Android’s new Material Design. I also removed almost all the unused space to grant the games browser more space, even with ads you’ll have a wider area reserved for your collection. I’ve also rewritten the core of the app to make it faster when going from a platform to another.

#4 – New Platforms

In these days I tested whole batches of emulators suggested by you, in order to find new compatible alternatives to the emulators now supported. Unfortunately Gamesome cannot support most of these apps, and contacting their developers is not always easy.. Some apps don’t receive any updates since 3 years, so…

BUT I’ve found some new compatible emulators that you can check here.

There are also two new platforms: SEGA Saturn and ZX Spectrum!

#3 – Favorites List

That’s it, a list containing your favorite games independently from their platform that you can directly play without searching them through your infinite libraries.

This feature will only be available to PRO Version users as a way to say thank you for their support πŸ™‚

#2 – Games hiding/deletion

A new option in games browser will allow you to hide unwanted items from your collection (i.e. BIOS files) and you’ll also have the possibility to permanently delete the file from your storage.

#1 – MAME4droid!

Thanks to a tip by an awesome person, I’ve been invited to check compatibility for MAME4droid and it was a very pleasant surprise to see that now it works properly with Gamesome. You kept asking, some of you has probably even mailed the author and finally this feature has been added, but only for the 0.139 version.

Release Date:

Usually I don’t want to give release dates because as an university student I have sudden variations in my schedule of classes, exams and some extra occasional work, but I think that the app will be ready within two weeks and after some days of testing it will be published for everyone. Let’s say end of March/beginning of April, even some days before if all goes well πŸ™‚

New Emulator Compatibility website

I am receiving lots of emails from users asking to add more emulators/platforms, so I decided to create a simple page that I promise to keep updated as I’ll test new emulators. There was already a wiki page, but probably it wasn’t simple and visible enough, and maybe it wasn’t so up-to-date :).

I added the link in the top menu of the website, it’s Emulator Compatibility.

About Gamesome development, I had to slow down a little bit because of university, but I’ve almost finished with renewing and adding some new feature, now I’ll start testing all the emulators that you asked me to add, to see if they can be added.

This weekend you’ll get some very good news πŸ™‚

Stay Tuned!

What will 2015 bring to Gamesome?

Before starting this post with the usual news about development, it’s very important to me to thank everybody of you for the appreciation and the support shown in this past year. Receiving your emails is always a pleasure and I do my best to answer promptly. Thank you also for your great collaboration with crash reports, which help me a lot in fixing the app very quickly.

I’d like to wish a happy new year to everybody of you. πŸ™‚

Gamesome updates are very slow and I apologize for this, but everytime a new update is up, I always receive very positive feedbacks because the new version looks like a major upgrade which brings a solid improvement.

In the upcoming update I improved the UI another time, it now integrates some elements/styles from the newest Lollipop Material Design (aka Google support library v7-21).

Here’s a little preview of all the new improvements:

Sideloading allowed

Gamesome once checked for Google Play Services on your device and if they were not available, the app didn’t show platforms list, becoming useless. I’ve removed this check, so that users on Amazon devices can use the app more easily.
The only side effect is that without Play Store it’s impossible to remove advertisements, but they’re not intrusive (IMHO).

New dialog style

Thanks to android-materialdialogs library, I changed all the dialogs in Gamesome, so that they have a new Lollipop-like style.

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New system selection menu

One of the main concerns of many users was the “ugly orbs system menu”: it fit quite well the previous interfaces, but for the newest one a new menu was needed, that’s why I finally decided to refresh the old system menu:

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Parallelograms will replace the obsolete orbs and I added some nice images of the actual console instead of only displaying the system logo. The selected system is at the center of the screen and its icon will become a bit bigger than the others.

New game browser (grid mode)

The new game browser is quite similar to the previous one, but I’ve removed the frame optimizing space usage and allowing to show more games (usually just one more) on a single row.

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New game browser (list mode)

In list mode I got rid of the right side panel and, taking advantage of the available space, further details of a single game are shown next to its cover. device-2014-12-29-233914

New hide/delete game feature (work in progress)

For some systems it’s needed to keep in the same folder of the games the BIOS file and seeing it in your games list might be annoying,Β  why not hiding it? Some time later you don’t like a game anymore, why not deleting it directly from the app instead of using a file manager? Gamesome will allow you to hide or delete your files.

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New in-app purchases menu

A question that users keep asking me is “What does the PRO version do?”, I improved the In-App Purchases screen in settings so that it will show more details.

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That’s it,

more improvements will be added before the update is complete, this was only a little preview and I hope you liked it.

Happy new year again! πŸ™‚

Gamesome 1.08 released

Hi users,

Thank you for the crash reports that you’ve sent me in these days. They were really helpful and made the fixing process much faster! πŸ™‚
I’ve just uploaded the Gamesome 1.08 APK to the Google Play Store and it will be available within few hours.

There’s not much to say about new features, here’s the change log:

– Check 1.07 log for new features
– Lots of fixes
– Covers will be kept, but roms need to be scanned again

The fixes include:

  • Fixed the bug that made Gamesome ramdomly crash during scan
  • Restored scan of subfolders
  • Fixed C64,PSX,Dreamcast,etc. scan
  • Fixed the show/hide region and title settings

If you notice any problem don’t hesitate contacting me.

Have a nice day!