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Mobile game controllers can now be considered as one of the upcoming trends among the smartphone users. We have already seen the advent of the PowerShell game controller from Logitech made for iPhones. Now Samsung has already announced theirs called Android GamePad. It should be noted that these are not the only two smartphone game controller but you should be also aware of the others from NVIDIA and MOGA a well.
However, Samsung's GamePad comes with a solid steel frame, but looks to be all plastic on the outside. The controllers layout is quite similar to that of PlayStation's controller with the analog sticks parallel to each other. But the GamePad is bit smaller than a PlayStation 3's controller. While there are regular, directional pad, two analog sticks, four face buttons, and two shoulder triggers.
The controller can host any devices measuring between 4-inches to 6.3-inches. According to Samsung, the GamePad is compatible with Android device running Android 4.1 or higher. It requires a Bluetooth 3.0. The most convenient features optimized for Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 such as Galaxy Note 3, S4, Note II, and S III enable easy connectivity with GamePad via NFC tag and quicker access to games via the "PLAY" button. Interestingly, you can even use AllShare Screen Mirroring through an HDMI cable to play games on your TV.
It should also be noted that along with the device a Mobile Console app is also being released. The companion Samsung Mobile Console app, will launch with 35 games including Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Asphalt8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Virtua Tennis Challenge, and Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame. Samsung is promising "much more" in 2014.
The GamePad and app are available now in select European markets, and Samsung says it will be coming to additional regions in the coming weeks. No word on pricing.