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December 17, 2013

Samsung Redesigned Smartphone GamePad Superficial Changes

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Samsung’s first mobile gaming controller looks to have taken lot of, shall we say,  “inspiration” from Microsoft’s Xbox gamepad design, but this second generation has managed to trim almost all of it out. The Smartphone GamePad switches to a black color scheme, swaps the convex analog sticks for concave ones, and replaces the AXYB labels with dots.

Beyond those superficial changes, it’s still a Bluetooth accessory for your Android smartphone, compatible with devices ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches in screen size. You’ll need to be running Android 4.1 or higher, with NFC-capable Galaxy devices on Android 4.3 automatically pairing with the GamePad. Samsung’s also introducing a Mobile Console app, which gathers together a choice of compatible games to browse and purchase. There are 35 games at launch with Samsung promising “much more to come in 2014.” Though the company says the GamePad is already available in some European markets, it declined to provide specifics on where it can be bought or for how much.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini