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Over the past 13 months I have grown to love and enjoy the Android platform. At the beginning, development for apps and games started off pretty slow. When I first got my T-Mobile G1 it was really hard to find good games which took advantage of the phones power and offered a unique experience. After a few days of downloading and testing almost every game and app that was on the Android Market, I came across Parallel Kingdom. The game offers a unique twist on your typically action adventure game on mobile devices. Parallel Kingdom overlays a virtual or parallel world onto Google Maps which is filled with creatures, forests, mines, cities, and your character. You can explore your immediate surroundings, but you are limited to a specified radius based on your real world location.
When Parallel Kingdom was first launched, it was pretty limiting. There wasn’t much to do besides attach creates, find weapons, chop down trees, and collect gold. Fortunately, over the past year, the Parallel Kingdom has been working tirelessly by adding new game play features and improving the overall user experience. Don’t get me wrong, the first release of the app had me hooked from day one. I would find myself waking through the skyways in Minneapolis on my lunch breaks just so I could discover new areas on the map so I could kill more creates and build up my stash of gold.
The latest release of the game (Parallel Kingdom – Age of Emergence) was launched in late November. Once I reinstalled the game, I quickly realized that it was a whole new world I was walking into. It has been over six months since I played the game. I had to uninstall it since my wife would yell at me every time I pulled out my phone to kill a few trolls or dragons. Age of Emergence has quite a bit to offer. I was planning on writing up a quick review on it a few weeks back, but found out that I would need some extra time to delve into all the new features that it includes.
On wednesday we let you know that HTC had sent over a C&D to Level UP Studio, asking them to remove their Beautiful Widgets app from the Android Market. The reasoning behind the letter was that the widgets looks surprisingly similar to HTC’s widgets included in Sense. In less than 48 hours, Beautiful Widgets is back on the market with a new design. The flip-clock widget is now sporting a 24 hour digital clock and the weather icons have been changed as well. Level UP Studio also redesigned the settings widgets by removing the switch look and giving them an on/off button feel. I’m glad to see that the widget collection didn’t simply die and I’m hoping we’ll see more unique designs from them in the future.
Source: Level UP Studio
Some may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That’s what Level UP Studio thought when they put out their Beautiful Widgets application on the Android Market, but apparently HTC does not see it that way. The Beautiful Widgets application offers a collection of weather, settings, and clock widgets for Android which look almost identical to what HTC put out on the HTC Hero. According to Level UP Studio’s Twitter account, HTC has send over a C&D, asking them to remove the beautiful Widgets app from the market.
Bad news: I got a C&D from HTC, I will have to discontinue Beautiful Widgets and remove it from the market.
I’m not a huge fan of big companies picking on the little guy, but HTC does have the right to their own work. As of right now, Level UP Studios has updated the app on the market to let people know about the C&D and informing them to make a backup of the application before it is removed from the market. Fortunately, I don’t think this will be the end of this widget pack. The only reason HTC wants this down is because it resembles their widgets from HTC Sense. If Level UP Studios goes back to the drawing board and creates a new look, I’m sure they will have another successful widget pack back on the market.