Google IO 2016 Coverage

Pre-orders for Google’s first Gamepad are now live


The Nexus Player pre-order went through a bit of a rough start, but now it is up and available to order, and as of today so is the Nexus Player’s accompanying game controller. A first for Google, the Nexus Player’s gamepad looks like a serious controller with a button arrangement not unlike the Sony’s DualShock controllers. The buttons include 2 analog sticks, a 4-button D-pad and 8 action buttons featuring two pressure-sensitive triggers. Read more

Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 pre-orders starting in the UK, ships on February 4


If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the new Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 your wait is almost over, at least if you live in the UK. The device that was announced at CES earlier this month, the tablet will come with a hefty price tag. For those of you looking to shell out top dollar for the device it will cost you £649 ($1074.10). That’s just for a WiFi version too.

On top of that you’ll get 32 or 64GB of storage, an Octa-core (1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core) processor, S-Pen functionality, and a 12.2 inch, 1600×2560 display. But that’s not all you’ll get. For a limited time Samsung is throwing in its new Gamepad accessory valued at £59 ($97.64). The tablet and Gamepad will start shipping February 4.

There isn’t word on pricing or availability in other markets yet, but it’s safe to say that it will be priced similarly. We’ll let you know when it’s announced for other markets but until then, you can check out our hands on with the tablet.

source: Samsung UK

Samsung GamePad comes with Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 in New Game Edition


Samsung announced on Monday that they’re GamePad is now available in select European markets. To coincide with the launch, Samsung is launching a Game Edition of their Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. As the GamePad itself is geared to smaller devices (4-6.3 inches) over an 8-inch tablet, the package will come with an HDMI adapter so that you can plug the tablet into your TV. That way, you can game on the big screen.

No word on pricing just yet, but given that the GamePad on its own is €79.90 ($109.17) the bundle may come with a premium price tag. No word on when this will reach American shores, but those of you in Europe, get ready to game on the go.

source: All About Samsung
via: SamMobile

Samsung GamePad availability officially announced for European markets

s4-gamepadWe first heard about the Samsung GamePad all the way back in March, and it’s availability finally been officially announced by the company. The GamePad will launch in European markets for Android phones between 4 and 6.3 inches, and will be compatible with devices running Jelly Bean or higher with Bluetooth 3.0. It will obviously be more compatible with Samsung phones, as the company says that 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.”

The mobile app to control GamePad is available currently in the Samsung App Store. New markets will be released in the upcoming weeks, but there is no word yet on US availability or pricing. You can see the official press release past the break. Read more

Archos Releases GamePad, 97 and 80 Titanium Tablets in US


For those of you in the US that are itching to get your hands on the newest tablets from Archos; you’re in luck. The GamePad, 97 Titanium and 80 Titanium tablets are breaking US soil through various retailers. The tablets that made their debut at CES this year will be available through Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo, Brandsmart, Beach Camera, Hastings, and J&R.

Both the 97 Titanium and 80 Titanium tablets will house a 1.6GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, dual cameras, 8GB of storage and both will run Android 4.1. The differences between the two are  what display each will have and pricing. The 97 will run a 2048×1536 9.7-inch display where the 80 will come with an 8-inch 1024×768 display. They’ll both come in under $300 with the 97 coming in at $249 and the 80 at $169. Read more

Samsung’s new Game Pad accessory up for preorder for only $113


When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 4, they also mentioned a handful of accessories that would go on sale with it. The gamepad was officially shown and sparked quite a bit of interest, especially since it supported devices with up to 6.3 inch screens. If you’ve been keeping up at home, the Note III is rumored to sport a 6.3 inch screen. Anyway, Samsung didn’t give much details about the pricing of their gamepad, but today we’ve got some official news on preorders. Unfortunately, the gamepad will set you back $112.99, which is fairly expensive for a game controller, even one that cradles a 5 inch smartphone.

Personally, I’m sticking with my Power A MOGA controller. I’m generally pretty supportive of Samsung, but it’s hard to pay double for something just because it has a Samsung logo on the top. Anybody going to be preordering one of these?

source: MobileFun

via: Phone Arena

Hands on with the ARCHOS GamePad

It was only last month that we reported on ARCHOS’ innovative GamePad, a tablet with built in gaming controls (which is an increasingly popular trend this year at CES). The GamePad originally released only in Europe, but ARCHOS promised us it’d come to the states by early 2013. Well, we got some hands on time with the gaming tablet here at CES. Check out the video for our impressions.

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ARCHOS GamePad now available in Europe, coming to North America early 2013

ARCHOS announced the 7-inch GamePad in August, but we were still waiting on a release. Looks our friends in Europe can get a taste of it starting today. It’s officially available for a price of €149.99 ($195). They also announced that those of us in North America can expect to see it in early 2013. If you’re not familiar with the GamePad, it’s a 7-inch Android tablet with physical gaming buttons and analog sticks. Usually devices such as these become boring pretty quickly once the user finds out the lack of support that it has, but ARCHOS promises that you will be able to play just about any Android game with the GamePad, thanks to the revolutionary mapping tool. Basically, users can map the buttons and sticks to any game. Not to shabby. The 7-inch display has a resolution of 1024 x 600, and the rest of the specs include a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, quad-core Mali 400 GPU, 8GB of internal memory, microSD for up to an additional 64GB of space, and a mini-HDMI port. It’s 10mm thick, weighs 330g, and sports Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I’m interested to get my hands on one to see if it’s everything it promises to be.

Full press release after the break:

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Archos GamePad gets a hands on demo video

The Archos GamePad was announced in August and is still an extremely intriguing device. This tablet is clearly made for the gamer in us all. It has buttons on the side so the entire 7 inch 1024 x 600 screen is available for looking at what you’re doing. The dual-core processor and quad-core GPU partnered with the gaming buttons off the touchscreen will make advanced gaming better than ever on Android. Oh did I mention that it could be priced somewhere south of $150? Instead of listening to me ramble about the GamePad, hit the break and check out the video by Charbax who demos the device and explains how the buttons integrate into the Android platform.

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SteelSeries Free Brings Android Gamers A Bluetooth-Based Gamepad Alternative


It’s no secret that Android gaming has been taking to another level, so it’s only fitting that we see new accessories being launched to help make the gaming experience a great one. A new controller that has been announced called the SteelSeries Free gaming controller is now on its way to those looking for another way to play their favorite games. The gamepad is a bluetooth-based controller that brings the standard button and analog sticks, but in a unified design. The cool thing is the device is capable of 10 hours of battery life in continuous gameplay or 20 hours of battery life in casual gaming. What’s even better is while the gamepad will have native support for games like GTA 3 or Max Payne, it will feature its own app called the SteelSeries Engine, which allows users to further customize their device to their liking.

While the gamepad has been announced, there is no word yet on its price and availability— and no, the device will not be free contrary to the gamepad’s name silly. Hit the source link for additional details and information.

source: Phandroid