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2011 to mark rise of serious Android gaming

With Angry Birds coming to Android, experts predict that Android gaming will see a surge this year.

A few years ago, serious gaming on mobile devices was seen to be limited to iPhone, with its touch sensitive controls and powerful processor. But with the rise of Android and Google’s slow and steady efforts to bring in gaming to the Android, it seems 2011 is going to begin a new era of gaming on the Android.

The news should delight owners of Android devices who have been yearning to play state-of-the-art games on their mobile devices.

The popularity of the Angry Birds game proves that people today are more than willing to pay for a delightful gaming experience on their mobile devices.

The rise of Android
Google’s efforts to bring gaming to Android began last year when it hired game veteran Mark DeLoura as its developer advocate.

Just a few years back, gaming on Android was a seen as a joke. There wasn’t even a games section in the Android applications market and most games seemed to be copies of popular iPhone games.

Game developers were unsure of the Android platform and did not take it seriously.

The emergence of Nvidia Tegra 2 chips for mobile devices and tablets shows that a premium gaming experience on smartphones and tablets is now a reality.

Things began to change when Android quickly rose to the top, stealing market share from industry leader Symbian.

When makers of Angry Birds announced a version of the game for the Android, it was a clear indication that Android was soon going to be strong contender in mobile gaming platforms. Rumors of an Android-based Sony PlayStation phone only added to the excitement.

Following Mobile World Congress 2011, the rumors finally began to give way to official confirmation of the PlayStation Phone’s launch.

Created by Sony and called Xperia Play, this handset is seriously nothing short of a dedicated mobile gaming device. Featuring an attractive D-pad and four game controls, along with joystick controls for some games, Xperia Play is going to be a mobile gamer’s delight.

Gaming-oriented innovations in mobile devices
Apart from new gaming oriented mobile handsets, the mobile industry is seeing rapid advances in processor design and other mobile technology.

Most smartphones today come with accelerometers which let you tilt and move your handset to control the games.

Now we are also seeing gyroscopes in mobile handsets which bring far greater accuracy and control.

The emergence of Nvidia Tegra 2 chips for mobile devices and tablets shows that a premium gaming experience on smartphones and tablets is now a reality.