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Submitted by djeronimo 465d ago | opinion piece

Why Developers are Choosing Android For Gaming

"I think what is becoming increasingly clear to gamers and observers alike is that the Android operating system is beginning to move beyond the realm of smarphones and tablets and into the realm of becoming a viable way to play games." | Explosion.com (Android, Dev, GameStick, Mobile, Next-Gen, NVIDIA, Nvidia Shield, Ouya)

iwin86  +   465d ago
Because it's hell cheap.
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Riderz1337  +   465d ago
+ Bigger audience
TheGamerDood  +   465d ago
Wait I thought gaming on a mobile device was sheer folly. At least that's what they said about iOS/Apple but I guess the mobs have changed their minds once again?
nukeitall  +   465d ago
In addition to being cheap and "sort of" open source (with respect to licensing) it also has a huge amount of apps/games available as well as a user base accustomed to it.
Software_Lover  +   465d ago
It's not necessarily the O.S., but the way devs chose to handle generating money on that O.S. In game purchasing took a huge step forward on Android. It carried itself onto other platforms as well, but the handheld/tablet market is where it has taken off.

Cant count Apple out here as well, but they have a closed system on two devices. Android took it a step further
Murad  +   465d ago
Not only that, but the way Apple code is said to be ridiculous and hard to comprehend. Which is one of the primary reasons as to why no one hacks any Macs.
nukeitall  +   465d ago
People doesn't hack Macs because the audience is limited. Apple code is not really any harder than most other languages.

On the flip side, Android has plenty of compatibility issues.

Basically, it is a huge existing customer base as well as being dirt cheap (practically free) to use Android.
Sy_Wolf  +   465d ago
OSX and iOS are built on Unix. It's not hard to comprehend at all, the reason why malware isn't prominent on OSX is because they don't have the marketshare or prominence in business to justify it.
TABSF  +   465d ago
3 reasons for developers

Its free to develop on Android
There is 100s Millions of Smartphone owners now
Development cycles are weeks or months not years

2 reasons for consumers

Fun games on the go
Cheap so little risk if they're crap
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PirateThom  +   465d ago
I still don'r see how mobile games replaces dedicated handhelds, but I will admit to enjoying Minecraft and Words With Friends on my phone from time to time.
Hicken  +   465d ago
They don't. People simply see the boom in smartphone sales and assume that since you can play games on a smartphone or tablet, that people are choosing to do so instead of buying a dedicated handheld.

There's nothing to correlate this, but that's never stopped anyone from positing their opinion as fact.
tachy0n  +   465d ago
funny because it is really easy to pirate with android...
miyamoto  +   465d ago
the one OS to rule them all is Android.
500 million Activated Android devices since 2008.
Even Square Enix EA Sega Capcom supports Android
i have played Sonic CD Virtua Tennis Strets of Rage 2 Sonic 4
NES SNES N64 PS1 GENESIS on Android
black911  +   464d ago
We learned this Gen with the PS3 Ports situation etc. that Developers Are Lazy!

Just look at upcoming ps3 exclusives like God Of war,Beyond Two Souls and The Last Of Us graphically and The fact that 3rd party developers can't come near that level says alot.

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