Tablets have taken the consumer electronics world by storm, and this success can be solely attributed to the Apple iPad. Tablet PCs have been around since the 1990s, but their popularity or utility was never expected to rise to such unworldly levels. The iPad came along and changed the entire face of the industry though, and we have reached a point where industry experts are speculating that tablets are actually going to kill the laptop market in the coming years.
Android, the mobile operating system bought and developed by Google, has made a habit of emulating whatever Apple does with the iOS though, and it was inevitable that Android would stumble into the tablet market eventually. There are around 50 different Android based tablets that are selling in the market today, and their plan of battling Apple's eliteness with their high numbers is slowly working. People who are dissatisfied with Apple, for whatever reasons, are turning to Android and are slowly finding that the Android experience is on par, and better in some instances, than the iOS experience.
The first few Android tablets that were released (like the Samsung Galaxy Tab) simply used the same version of Android that was used in contemporary smartphones. As a result of this, some apps and games suffered on the tablet since they were designed with smaller screens and lower resolutions in mind. Android soon fixed this issue too, and released Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) that was optimized for the best Android tablets and the screen space they required. Pretty soon, some tablet friendly apps and games started being released in the Android Market that were targeted solely at tablets running Android 3.0.
Top Android Games
There are more than 250,000 apps and games available in the Android Market now, but not all of them work perfectly on an Android tablet. If you are an avid gamer, and wish to use the hardware of your Android tablet for an enjoyable gaming experience, here are some top Android tablet games that you can install.
Angry Birds and mobile gaming go hand in hand now, and this is a game that has become synonymous with smartphone and tablet gaming. Though there have been no tweaks in the game's engine to work optimally on tablets, it does work perfectly on an Android tablet and it needs to be mentioned in any list. Moreover, the game is available for free over Android, and its popularity can be ascertained from the fact that there are more than 200 million Angry Birds downloads across all platforms.
American football fans can now play this great game on their Android tablet, and enjoy some bone crunching football action. The simulation technology is stunning, the animation is incredible and the HD visuals are an absolute treat. This game has been developed by NaturalMotion, and it represents the pinnacle of gaming on an Android tablet. It will cost a fair price though ($4.99) but this is totally worth the experience.
Dungeon Defenders: First Wave
This is a tower defense game that has been developed by Trendy Development, and is currently available for mobile gamers only. The full version for consoles will be out in June 2011, and it is being eagerly awaited. The Android version is optimized for tablets, and the graphics that are powered by Unreal Engine 3 make it a stunning visual experience. The gameplay is simple and allows the gamer to take control of wizards in order to combat a large group of monsters and creatures.
Hero of Sparta THD
If you are a fan of the famous God of War series on the PlayStation, then you will love Hero of Sparta on your Android tablet. This is a shameless rip-off of GoW, but it is certainly a wonderful game to play. The game has been developed and published by Gameloft and it was first released in December 2008 for multiple platforms. The latest version that is available in the Android Market is optimized for tablets, and it is also available in full-HD quality.
Need for Speed: Shift
Racing fans can now rejoice because they can play their favorite Android racing game on a tablet. The enhanced screen space makes turning maneuvers and accelerating past opponents an absolute joy, and the simple joy of racing games can be enjoyed on an Android tablet now. This is one of the best Android games and it has been developed by Electronic Arts. The game is also available on all other gaming platforms.
Here are a few more Android games that will definitely keep you entertained for hours at a stretch.
- Cribbage Pro
- Enjoy Sudoku
- FIFA 2010
- Fruit Ninja
- Great Battles
- Gurrilla Bob THD
- Let's Golf
- Monster Madness THD
- Raging Thunder 2
- Samurai II Vengeance
- Skies of Glory
- Spaghetti Marshmallows
- Vendetta Online