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™‚

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!

Gamesome 1.07 officially released

Dear Users,

your wait was long and your patience admirable, but the new Gamesome update has finally been uploaded on the Play Store and will be available within some hours on your devices.

You can check here the official change log.

Here you have a preview of the most noticeable changes in the user interface:

New scanner progress:

The scanner will show you stats instead of a progress bar: total number of roms, the number of games just scanned and the number of errors (metadata not found, online service malfunctioning or corrupted zip/7zip file), in the upcoming updates the errors will be saved in a log file.

Better search

Search is now in the top bar, complying the Android user interface design standards.

For feedbacks and problems don’t hesitate sending an email!

First Post!

Hello users!

I was finally trying to setup a cool website, but some important bug stopped me and brought me back to changing the code of the app… so here I am, using this stock WordPress template πŸ™‚

You can still see the links for wiki and forum in the top menu, while support email is only visible on the Play Store page.

There’s still not much to see, but I’ll try to keep you updated about development progress through this blog.

At the moment I can only confirm that the next Gamesome update will finally support 7z format.

Have a nice day!