Power up: Samsung releases Gamepad phone accessory for Android


Samsung released its Gamepad accessory for mobile phones on Tuesday in select European regions. The add-on provides hardware controls suited for handset gaming. And while optimized for certain Samsung Galaxy Smartphones, it works with any devices running Android(s goog) 4.1 or better. Samsung says availability will expand to other regions in the coming weeks.

samsung gamepad angle

The Gamepad comes with a companion application called Mobile Console that acts like a storefront for compatible Android games. The device connects to a phone or tablet through Bluetooth 3.0 and can be easily paired via NFC. A bracket on the Gamepad can hold devices ranging in size from 4 to 6.3 inches. Controls include an 8-way directional pad, two analog sticks, four Action buttons and a pair of triggers.

The tricky part for any such accessory is game support, as mobile phone games are designed for touch use. I’ve run into a number of games…

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