App Review: 2048

The 2048 Game

The 2048 Game

There are a couple of popular games out there at the moment that involve sliding numbered tiles around. One is Asher Vollmer’s ‘Three’s', another is ‘2048,‘ by Gabriele Cirulli. Click that link and you can play it in your web browser. These type of games are ideal for the screen and touch interface of the modern smartphone. On the forums of webOS Nation, member juerg.riehen asked if anyone was able to port the open-source code into a webOS app. That was the 6th of April. Within two days, webOS mapping expert 72ka (aka Jan Heman) responded to the challenge. It’s in Preware, now. You can go and get it, but we don’t get much chance to review new, trendy games on pivotCE, so stick around for a quick read:

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Enyo Pizza

Free Pizza for Enyo Developers

There is another meet up in San Francisco. If you are an Enyo developer and in the area on the 26th of March, you can join in! The venue is the LG Silicon Valley Lab. There is pizza on offer courtesy of Enda McGrath, Director of Developer Relations. To me, that sounds like pizza, a chance to play with those new, big, webOS TVs & of course, learning more about Enyo from the experts that built it.

If you can’t make the date or are too far away, the Enyo team are willing to help you organise your own meet ups (according to Twitter).

I’d write more, but I have a sudden urge to visit my local Italian restaurant. Here is your link: Let’s talk about Enyo and share some pizza.

Android chroot

Android in a card!

Android screen grab: Nikolay Nizov

Root is the base level directory on a Linux system. webOS is at base, a Linux system. All branches of the file system and therefore the whole system stem from the root. Android is also a Linux based system that runs from a root directory. There is a technique known as chroot (change root) that enables you to run a second system within another by creating a subsystem in which the secondary system appears to have the root directory.

If you pay much attention to the shifts and changes in the mobile phone market, you will be aware that over the past couple of years there has been increasing consolidation. These days the market is dominated by Apple’s iphone and most of all, by the many models running the Android operating system. This system – at least in its basic form is open source software. Naturally, many developers therefore take advantage of this ‘off the shelf’ operating system. New entrants and existing challengers in the market have tried to leverage Android and specifically, it’s large app catalogue to gain an advantage. This includes Blackberry, Jolla (sailfishOS) and there are reports that even Microsoft are considering a means to run Android apps on Windows phone. There are also projects that offer existing Android users the opportunity to install a customised version. The most notable of these is Cyanogenmod, which can now be installed on a wide range of hardware.

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