Now that Android Wear is all the rage in the wearables game, Sony’s got to do something to catch up — or simply come out with their own Android Wear device.
At least for now, it seems that Sony will be doing the former, trying to pick up a bit of a draw for its SmartWatch 2 and SmartBand.
Add this to yet another leak of the possibly forthcoming set-top box from Amazon. Today we see a leak involving the proposed gaming controller that will come with the box. Reminiscent of an old Xbox controller, the controller looks like it will handle more than just the gaming aspect of things.
From what we can see, the back, home and menu buttons add weight to the rumor that the device will come with Amazon’s flavor of Android on-board. Also,it looks like you’ll be able to play, pause, rewind and fast-forward right from the controller.
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An image of a new portable gaming device from MOGA surfaced today thanks to @evleaks showing a new direction for the form factor the company may be heading down. Unlike previous devices that were similar in style to traditional gaming system controllers with a mobile device mounting to the top side, the new MOGA Ace Power puts the mobile device in the middle with the buttons flanking that. Also noteworthy is the fact that it is coming equipped with an 1800 mAh battery that can be used to recharge a mobile device similar to the rest of the MOGA Power Series controllers.
The downside, if you are not put off by the change in the form factor, may be compatibility with Android devices. The leaked image shows the MOGA Ace Power with an iPhone. Considering how the controller appears to cradle the device, it seems like it will be a challenge to produce the new controller in a way that takes into account all the different Android powered smartphone sizes and shapes.
Last month OUYA start shipping their forthcoming gaming console to developers so they could start to get a feel for what needed to be improved. OUYA says they received a ton of comments and feedback on what would make the game controller even better. OUYA has taken the comments to heart and announced today several changes and improvements to the gaming console for the newest iteration.
Many of you have been wondering if Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will allow users to use USB game controllers with their phones and/or tablets. We have good news as Android engineer Roman Guy tweeted the above. This can’t be a surprise since this feature was added to Android 3.1 Honeycomb, so why would they drop it now with 4.0?
Of course it will be up to the developers to make their games compatible with controllers, but I think by this time next year all the major games will support it. If you are dying to try it out, you can always try Sixaxis Controller which will let you use a PlayStation 3 Sixaxis or dualshock 3 on your phone or tablet that is rooted.
You have to love Android for the simple fact that there are so many form factors available. Manufacturers are continuing to see a need to combine devices with docks like the Motorola LapDoc, the ASUS Padfone, and even the ASUS Transformer.
Korean Telecom unveiled the KT SpiderPad at the IFA Conference, which might be the coolest Android device(s) yet. For starters, the phone has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, microHDMI, and microUSB. Things could stop there, and most of us would be impressed. What separates this from everything else is it pretty much does it all. It can become a tablet, gaming system, and a laptop using accessories. Check it out:
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