Android gaming

A year in review: Android Hardware in 2013

In 2013, we saw a wider variety of devices than in recent years. Not only did we see the continued spec race heat up as we got our first taste of Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm, but we saw some OEMs wisely pare their efforts back a bit. HTC went with one One, and Motorola took their time bringing new devices to market. Whether it was flagship spec-heavy offerings or a shockingly slimmed-down device, we had a lot of great stuff in 2013.

Sonic the Hedgehog games on special offer through the Play Store

Are you a fan of Sonic? We are, and we hope you enjoy the surprisingly speedy Hedgehog, too. If you’re an Android gamer in addition to being a Sonic fan, today is your lucky day! Right now, Sega is offering Sonic titles for up to 80% off. If you don’t have a few bucks to spare right now, don’t worry — the offer is good through New Years Day.

Reicast is a really solid Dreamcast emulator for Android, available now

If you’re old enough to remember Dreamcast, you’re old enough to remember how awesome it was. Though Sega lost out to the likes of Sony and Nintendo in the early days of console wars, the platform remains a cult hit to this day. Inspired titles like Crazy Taxi and Jet Grind Radio (we’re not calling it Jet Set Radio, sorry) have made their way to Android, but we want it all. Fortunately, Reicast is a Dreamcast emulator for Android that seems to work really, really well.

Kindle Fire voted best Android gaming tablet

What is the best tablet for gaming? That’s subjective, of course, but a new study shows it may not be the device you think. While most still turn to iOS for gaming, the Android realm is catching up quickly. While we focus on tablets like the Nexus 7, we’re way off base. In fact, we’re not even acknowledging the people’s choice.

Android gaming may get a truly mobile experience with the JXD S5800

Mobile gaming is certainly fun, but can be limiting. The lack of hardware controls is sometimes frustrating, as games like Grand Theft Auto are much better with dedicated controls. Devices like a PS Vita are fun, but require yet another device to tote around. Plus, we don’t get all the open source fun of Android. Consoles like Ouya or Gamestick are fun, but tie us to the living room. NVIDIA's Shield is great, but a touch bulky, and best used as a secondary device.
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