Android games gain support from Adobe, manufacturers

by Kristen Nicole

Android still reigns as the top mobile OS in the US, taking 43.7 percent of the market in August according to comScore’s latest report. And while most of us apparently use our smartphones to send text messages, there’s a good 28.5 percent that play mobile games. It’s an increase of 1.6 percent since May. The rise in Android popularity has spurred some important developments in the mobile gaming sector, though some developers still aren’t convinced.

Telltale Games, the company behind titles like Tales of Monkey Island and Sam & Max, has seen double-digit growth on the iPad in particular. It’s an alluring success for Telltale, and the game publisher has decided to focus on the booming tablet market. And while Telltale has plans to develop for Android, the open OS is still too varied a platform for their liking. It reiterates the ongoing issues with Android fragmentation, mismatched screen sizes and limited tablet offerings.

Adobe, Pandigital build-out Android gaming capabilities

Telltale’s story is one we’ve heard before, from countless game developers and publishers. Several improvements to Android have satisfied many in the gaming industry, attracting more activity from top publishers like EA, Gameloft and Capcom, but companies like Adobe are working to further improve Android capabilities, updating its Flash Player and AIR apps earlier this week. Flash Player 11 has been updated to boost support for 3D gaming and HD video, promising more resources and improvements for mobile entertainment. We first heard of Adobe’s updates last month, building anticipation for the native extensions for game developers to better integrate with Android smartphones and tablets.

Our love for mobile entertainment is influencing Android device manufacturers as well. Pandigital is expanding its Android line around media capabilities, launching its latest tablet with SuperNova. Pandigital’s flagship product, SuperNova’s 8-inch tablet comes with a capacitive touchscreen, Adobe Flash support and a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with a dedicated graphics engine to power games and videos. Priced at $229 the SuperNova hits shelves mid-October, broadening the range of Android tablets with enhanced gaming features.