Gaming on mobile devices, a starter kit

Apr 22, 2010
Games

Nearly two years ago, the mobile gaming revolution was put into motion with the opening of the iTunes App Store. Seemingly overnight, thousands of great titles like  “The experience is not moving to the living room,” explains Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous, developer of the popular “tap tap” series of iPhone games and Tap Tap Radiation for […]

Nearly two years ago, the mobile gaming revolution was put into motion with the opening of the iTunes App Store. Seemingly overnight, thousands of great titles like 

“The experience is not moving to the living room,” explains Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous, developer of the popular “tap tap” series of iPhone games and Tap Tap Radiation for the iPad. 

Increasingly, the best new titles will appear on the iPad first, and then later will be reconfigured for the iPhone. While the first batch of iPads only had wireless Internet access, at started at $499. The 3G-enabled versions will ship by May 7, and come with AT&T data plans that are considerably less than the iPhone. This makes sense as you can’t actually use the iPad as a phone. 

Android Devices

Smart phones that use Google’s Android are available on T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T plans. Among the most popular are HTC’s Droid, Motorola’s CLIQ and Google’s Nexus One. Nearly 20 percent of the approximately 40,000 apps in the Android Marketplace are games. As each device is different, the gaming experience is varies. Still, expect more developer interest in Android games and other applications as Apple tightens its restrictions on what it allows in the App Store. 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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