With all the noise surrounding Minecraft on consoles and PC, it's hard to forget that the game is still plugging away on mobile as well. For the millions of players who own it on their respective mobile device, big updates are rare. That's why today's announcement is especially exciting.
Mojang announced today that Minecraft Pocket Edition has been updated to version 0.8.0. While we're still quite a ways away from the fabled version 1.00, it doesn't mean that Mojang has been slacking off on adding new features. Here's all the new stuff you can get today with the latest update:
Minecarts, rails, and powered rails!
The view distance has been massively increased. Check the options menu for more!
New textures and colours taken directly from the PC version
New blocks: carpets, more wood types, hay bales, iron bars, and more
New crops and food types, including beetroot, carrots, potatoes and pumpkins. Now you can cook new soups, pies, and more!
A bunch of new items for Creative and Survival, including clocks and compasses
More blocks and items to use in Creative Mode: including jungle wood, ice, bedrock, shears, dyes, and tall grass
New AI: mobs are now more intelligent and you can even breed your own animals
A new Creative Mode inventory with tabs
New functionality and tweaks to existing blocks and items. Bonemeal lets you grow new cool stuff!
Improved lighting and fog effects
Loads of bugs fixed, and possibly some added.
You can grab the newly updated Minecraft Pocket Edition from Google Play, iTunes or the Amazon Appstore.
As for the other versions of Minecraft, the game is still coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and PS Vita at some point in the future. The Xbox 360 version of the game is still receiving regular updates as well, with the latest being a Skyrim skin pack.