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    Phoronix: Porting HTML5 Mobile Games To Ubuntu Phone

    With Ubuntu Phone reviews frequently pointing out the lack of games/apps for Ubuntu Phone compared to other platforms, Ubuntu developers have been working on porting more HTML5 mobile games over to Ubuntu Phone...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...rt-HTML5-Games

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    Stupid question, why could they not just run it in browser? Is it just the convenience of having a shortcut on the homescreen?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kaprikawn View Post
      Stupid question, why could they not just run it in browser? Is it just the convenience of having a shortcut on the homescreen?
      Probably because they can't claim it's "for Ubuntu Phone" then. Still stupid, I know, but that's the only explanation I can think of.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kaprikawn View Post
        Stupid question, why could they not just run it in browser? Is it just the convenience of having a shortcut on the homescreen?
        Technically it is running the game in a contained browser. Having an app in a click package is certainly a convenience. There's also the security that the app (or in this case game) is confined by apparmor, so it can't do anything nefarious like get your contacts and upload them to a 3rd party website.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kaprikawn View Post
          Stupid question, why could they not just run it in browser? Is it just the convenience of having a shortcut on the homescreen?
          The avarage phone user doesn't know about webapps and web games. If it isn't in the store it doesn't exist and it's the platforms fault.

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          • #6
            more easy going to store see a game and install, if it works no one cares if it is a web app or a native app

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kaprikawn View Post
              Stupid question, why could they not just run it in browser? Is it just the convenience of having a shortcut on the homescreen?
              I don't think it's a stupid question. I think they want to have games packaged for Ubuntu Phone so they can claim they have lots of (so-called) native applications.

              But really, I'd prefer if most applications you use on a smart phone are independent web apps.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Michael_S View Post

                I don't think it's a stupid question. I think they want to have games packaged for Ubuntu Phone so they can claim they have lots of (so-called) native applications.
                Nah, we're not going to start re-branding simple webapps, or locall offline HTML5 apps/games as "native", despite some of them looking like they are. I just want more games, that's all, that's the only reason I did this. Detailing how it's done means others can do the same. I've ported a bunch, now others can see it's easy to do, and can do the same. No subterfuge, just games.

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