Samsung Debuts GamePad for Android Smartphones
Samsung announced yesterday a new gaming accessory, a GamePad for Android smartphones. Gaming is becoming a big part of Android, with the NVIDIA Shield handheld console out there, then the MOGA device and now a special GamePad.
The GamePad is basically a joystick with a special stand for phones. It packs a steel frame, but appears to have plastic on the outside. It comes with a directional pad, two analog sticks, 4 face buttons, two shoulder triggers and a layout similar to a PlayStation controller. The analog sticks are parallel to each other and the face buttons adopt a square formation, instead of the diamond on the PS.
This GamePad accessory is a bit smaller than a PS3 controller, but it has pretty much the same weight. It can work with smartphones with diagonals ranging from 4 inches to 6.3 inches. It’s also compatible with any Android device that runs Android 4.1 or higher, with Bluetooth 3.0 and such. It’s been optimized specifically for Samsung Galaxy devices with Android 4.3 and higher obviously and you can use the AllShare Screen Mirroring through a HDMI cable and turn everything into a TV experience.
There will also be a companion mobile app, with 35 games included.