The Android version of the popular Minecraft sandbox game has been developing rather slowly, with most of the updates focusing on fixing bugs for a smoother user experience. However, it seems that game develoeprs Mojang are ready to unleash a new major update that will add a few more items to the blocky world, as well as a much-awaited resource: redstones.
Version 0.8.0 of Minecraft: Pocket Edition will, of course, include fixes, such as a bug that prevents TNT explosives from being ignited by fire. But it will also bring in a few new features, from decorative 3D clouds, to new consumables such as pumpkins and pumpkin pies, carrots, and potatoes, as well as new materials such iron bars. But perhaps the most exciting addition will be that of redstones.
Redstones, like any other stone resource, can be gathered via mining. The importance of the material, however, lies in the fact that it is the essential ingredient in creating redstone circuits. These circuits are structures that can be used to activate or control other mechanisms, either directly or by reacting to certain environmental conditions, bringing in a new level of interaction and creativity that Minecraft has been famous for. So far, that feature has only been available on desktop versions of the game. This upcoming update, then, could open the doors for such features and amusing creations on Android as well.
Unfortunately, it seems that redstones might be added only as an acquirable resource but will remain unusable until the next major 0.9.0 update. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is said to be coming around mid-November. Hopefully, it won't take long for 0.9.0 to arrive as well.