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Samsung Unveils New Version of Android GamePad

Smartphone GamePad, Credit: Samsung

(Image credit: Smartphone GamePad, Credit: Samsung)

Electronics giant Samsung revealed today (Dec. 17) the new design for its Smartphone GamePad, which will work with Android phones via Bluetooth, allowing console-like controls for your mobile games. The prototype design shown in March was white with colored buttons that resulted in a design reminiscent of the Xbox 360 controller, even down to the particular shape of the D-pad. With the redesign, the GamePad is now black and sleek. 

Beyond the color, the top of the GamePad's analog sticks have been changed to a concave shape, and the d-pad now closely resembles the analog sticks. The colored buttons that had been labeled A,B, X, Y are now labeled with white dots on a black background, similar to numbers on a die or a domino. Even the overall form factor has been modified away from an Xbox controller's shape.

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The Smartphone GamePad connects with Android phones via Bluetooth, with Samsung stating it can attach to devices from 4 to 6.3 inches large. Android 4.1 or higher is required. Samsung's Galaxy phones will pair with the GamePad automatically via NFC (near field communication). Samsung has not released a price or launch date for the U.S., but has stated it is already available in some European countries. 

To coincide with the GamePad, Samsung also has a Mobile Console app that spotlights games compatible with the controller. A "play" button at the center of the GamePad will take you straight to the app. It features 35 games at launch, such as "Need for Speed: Most Wanted," "Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour," "Virtua Tennis" and "Prince of Persia." The company promises more games will come to the app in 2014.

Source: Samsung via The Verge

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