Big Fish now publishes Android apps for PC and Mac users

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 10:00 GMT By Dave Owen

Big Fish Games is introducing a new application programming interface that will allow the company’s clients to publish Android games to the company’s app store. From there they’ll be available to PC and Mac users everywhere.

Big Fish has over 80 million users, and according to CEO Paul Thelen this system will allow mobile developers to reach this audience without extra development time.

“Big Fish is now able to offer Android games to the more than a billion consumer PCs and Macs devices worldwide,” he said. “This is a win for both our customers and game developers. Android developers can, for the first time, access a huge player base through Big Fish’s global PC and Mac app store. And our customers on PC and Mac will now be able to enjoy many new games previously not available to them, including hundreds of hit free-to-play games not support natively on PC or Mac.”




  1. TheWulf

    Not surprised to see this. The Android, at the moment, is like a proto-PC with a decent-ish OS. It’s an open OS, which is a fantastic thing, but it’s not exactly at desktop levels yet. Not being able to run things in a window is a big minus.

    An engineer friend and I were talking the other day about Android as a desktop OS. Whilst it works as a phone OS, it wouldn’t really work anywhere else without some fairly major improvements. However, compared to the early days of Windows, it’s actually not bad. Basically, I’d say that Android at the moment is at the equivalent of Windows 98SE, it just really needs to be able to handle things windowed.

    So Android is catching up, and we’re both happy to see that because it’s an open architecture. It’s going to take decades before it catches up with where the PC is, and probably decades again before it can be used as a development platform (rather than just a porting platform), but the beginnings are very, very promising. Very much so.

    The reason that porting to the PC is easy as well is because Android is essentially just Java, and any PC can run Java. Though that’s another problem with Android as a whole. See, as good as it is for the PC, Java is hard to optimise. It’ll never be at PC levels until it uses a mix of assembly and C for its OS. A scripting language like Java has obvious problems when used to create an OS. It was a very odd choice on Google’s part.

    And the Java thing is why it wouldn’t make a good desktop or development OS at the moment. Of course, the potential is there, eventually, but not now. At least the potential is there, unlike iOS which is so closed off and proprietary that it could never be a development platform.

    Honestly, Android is one of the most fascinating things to happen in the field of tech for the last 10 years. It’s going to take a couple more decades before Google figure out what it’s supposed to be and where they want to go with it, but things will happen, there. I think the most important thing though would be an Android rewrite to not use Java, but goodness knows when that will happen.

    Plus, another angle with this is that Oracle isn’t exactly a nice company. Sun was, Oracle… not so much. So there’s been some friction between Google and Oracle regarding proprietary/copyrighted Java stuff. So that’s another reason they need to fix this, just to get out of bed with Oracle.

    But yeah.

    I honestly look forward to the day when tablets, consoles, and PCs all become the same thing. Not that one takes over another, but when the technology is just this big, open platform thing. I don’t want Android to overtake the PC in its current state because compared to Linux, Android is the worst development platform ever. (Something some posters in the past haven’t realised when they go on and on about tablets overtaking PCs.)

    Honestly, if Android (in its current windowless, Java-based form) took over computers, there would be developers jumping off rooftops worldwide. :P It’s just not that good yet. It needs time in the oven. But when it is that good there’s not going to be any difference between a PC and a tablet, anyway.

    It’s not that tablets need to overtake the PC, it’s that everything needs to become an equivalent open platform. So that consoles, tablets, and computers can all do the same thing, can all run the same stuff, and can all be developed on.

    Edit: But yeah, forgot to mention the reason for my segue. The why of why it’s so easy to backport these to PC? Java is available for the PC and they were most likely developed on Linux and then ported over with the help of an SDK in the first place. So it’s not hard to make them work on Java in Windows and Linux.

    Conversely, this is why damned nearly flawless Android simulators exist, because it’s all just Java. Java makes this porting easy, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a good development platform. It’s just handy for porting.

    To be honest, I’m almost hoping that encoded HTML5/JavaScript can become a programming platform of the future. That would be very cross-platform, and I could see that working so much better than Java, at least. But yes, I’ve done my dev time in Java, so anyone who’s had familiar pains will know what I mean.

    It’s just not a fun environment. It’s easy, but not fun.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    Good grief!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TheWulf


    There are some who might find that interesting and use it as a point for a discussion, but those people will probably be developers. I’ve tried to keep any tech speak out of it though in case anyone else wants to join in.

    I’m just thinking aloud on the future of technology. I like thinking. I think thinking is good.

    It’s a topic that comes up between a certain engineer friend and I quite often. And we can either see things becoming more open and inter-compatible, or… well, there’s the other way. The other way though is a dark, dark path where everything becomes proprietary and tribal. We’re hoping things won’t go that way. We’re seeing today why proprietary, tribal attitudes are bad.

    Consider: The tribes of Microsoft, Apple, and Sony.

    No, I’m not talking about the fans, but rather the companies themselves. They tend to hate sharing as a rule, and they’d rather engage in tribal warfare than make things better for their consumers. I hope they won’t have too much of a place in the future.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. archaven

    I can’t wait to see Google knocks off M$$.. That big corporation monopoly and domination.

    #4 1 year ago

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