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Gamestop trusts Android with its certified mobile gaming platform

GameStop to create a gaming platform on its official tablet running on Android

It was really interesting to see that video game retailer GameStop started accepting used iOS gear as trade-ins, paying for them with store credit or cash. GameStop named this service iTrade and has a page updated with the details. They are starting with used gears since they don’t need Apple’s approval - as commented by Electronista. Though it will be interesting to see what Apple is going to comment over it. But does that assure Apple a place in Gamestop’s official platform? Not really!

In a game industry interview GameStop president Tony Bartel mentioned that they have decided to release a gaming platform on an official tablet which runs on Android. This GameStop certified gaming platform will be in the markets by next year. Bartel though has not hinted the name of any device that the company has picked up, but only mentioned that with so many devices on the market they won’t put much effort on making a new one.

What they have created is actually a controller that would pair up with an iPad and an application that would support streaming gaming to the iPad. The streaming service is already in early testing and GameStop seems to be working on streaming console titles. At this point of time they are trying to encourage developers to add controller support to their games.

The Android gamers will be happy with this news. Honeycomb already supports gamepad controllers assuming you connect them, so anytime GameStop convince a developer to add controller support to an android title. These can be regarded as the first steps for GameStop to work with their plans.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-09-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)