Himasere: Geeky Home Screen Replacement App For Android

If you’re an Android user, consider yourself a geek, understand Japanese, and need an appropriate home replacement screen on your handset, consider downloading Himasere. The app was released on the Android Market earlier this week by Tokyo-based tech company Ubiquitous Entertainment.

The idea here is to make it as easy as possible to access technology-related news and information (plus a game portal), just by flicking through the following sites from a single app:

If you had enough of reading news, you can flick through to 9leap (background in English), a game portal that lets you choose between 500+ games, which can all be played right from within the app:

Himasere supports Android 2.2 and up and is available for free on the Android Market.

Here is Ubiquitous Entertainment’s official promo video for the app:

Mobage And Gree Both To Bring Their Flash Games Into Smartphone

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Two huge Japanese social gaming networks who are working on oversea expansion showed a new move to utilize their accumulated assets on Japanese feature phone world – Flash based games.

On June 30, Mobage company DeNA announced [J] that they had purchased Broadtail, a Tokyo-based tech start-up, who developed a tool named “ExGame” to run Flash Lite 1.1 applications on smartphone(iOS and Android). Flash Lite is a light version of Adobe Flash, which is used on Docomo’s feature phone. realized huge variety of Docomo’s cellphone app store years before Apple’s app store.

DeNA is to provide the ExGame engine to their important third-parties like Kayac, Klab, Crooz, Koei-Techmo, Pokelabo etc.

DeNA says that this engine enables to offer their over 1,000 feature phone games on Mobage into their smart phone platform.

Then today, July 11, Gree announced [J] that they developed and are to provide a Flash-to-HTML5 converter, which makes feature phone Flash applications run on iOS, for Gree partners(their development partners).

Gree also revealed that July 5 released smartphone version of Kurinoppe, a virtual pet raising social game which is one of their most popular games on feature phone platform, was made by using this converter.

enchant.js: New HTML5/JavaScript Game Engine For Smartphones

Tokyo-based Ubiquitous Entertainment (UEI) announced [JP] “enchant.js” yesterday, an HTML5/JavaScript game engine for smartphones (and PCs). The engine is available in beta, it’s open source (dual license MIT or GPL on github), and entirely free to use.

UEI says their aim with the release of the engine is to motivate young people in particular to start programming games as well as to lower the hurdle for entry into their 9leap game creation contest (more info on that here).

The company not only provides the code, but also a range of graphics from previous game titles for free (a map editor and other elements are in the works).

The features of enchant.js include:

  • 2D sprite library
  • multi-layer background scrolling
  • collision detection
  • ActionScript-like event model
  • etc.

enchant.js is the brainchild of Ryo Tanaka (who is just 19 years old).

The game engine supports Android 2.1 and up, plus iOS 3.0 and up.

Here are two screenshots from games that have been created with enchant.js:

Jsdo.it – Shared HTML5/JavaScript Playground For Geeks

Jsdo.it is a new web developers’ community on which HTML5/JavaScript/CSS programmers can play, share and collaborate with others.

On the site, user can edit HTML/JavaScript/CSS on the left pane, and run them on the right pane.

Your code are publicized with your designating license, and others can “fork” it and make his/her branched version.

Popular JavaScript libraries are callable. Others making code are also possible to include.

Here is one Jsdo.it project sample I randomly took. On this blog widget, all source code can be seen on viewer, and you can play it here.

forked from: Trail Fader – jsdo.it – share JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS

As licenses are attached to each source code by posters, you can take all needed code to your server outside if it permits.

All time favored ranking may be good place to check what cool designs and effects are made by Japanese web programmers.

Kayac, the company behind Jsdo.it, has already succeeded with the similar type of “code and share” community on Adobe Flash, Wonderfl. Some popular Flash applications made on Wonderfl seem to be transplanted to Jsdo.it already.

Particle 3000 – jsdo.it – share JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS

JSパーティクル崩し – jsdo.it – share JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS

Tree in the breeze – jsdo.it – share JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS

Real Time Ray Tracing – jsdo.it – share JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS