Galaxy on Fire 2 THD, for example, which is specifically optimized for high-spec NVIDIA Tegra-powered tablets, may even look better than its iPad counterpart.

So it’s not all crappy chess games and scrappy-looking sudoku puzzles on Android any more. There’s still a place, of course, for smaller, more-casual and informal titles — there always will be — but Android fans should be happy to see slicker-looking games arriving in droves on the platform. A few months ago, they’d pop up every month or two. These days, not a week goes by without some high-profile titles emerging like Peggle, Plants vs. Zombies, or Cut the Rope.

But, buyer beware…

All this great technology comes at a cost, of course. Rather like how new iOS releases are often optimized for the iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4th generation, leaving behind users of older devices like the iPhone 3G or 3GS, many of the new Android games are likely to play a bit sluggishly on older Android devices, and some, maybe not at all.

When it comes to apps though, hopefully whichever Android smartphone you’re rocking now should still work pretty well for a bit. But if you’re a hardcore gamer, you’ll probably need to keep an eye out for a newer dual-core device if you want to stay in the game. With Android these days, it’s ain’t all task managers and widgets any more, that’s for sure.