Samsung GamePad controller for Android touches down with 35 mobile games


Samsung GamePad

It's universal, but things are that bit sweeter for Samsung Galaxy owners.

Mobile gaming is already massive and therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that the Korean giant Samsung have released a new gaming controller for Android smartphones and tablets.

The Samsung GamePad is compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets running on Android 4.1 or later that have Bluetooth support. The accessory can also be attached to devices between 4-inches and 6.3-inches transforming smartphone into a portable gaming console.


The controller itself is easy-to-carry and has a durable steel frame with all the fixtures and fittings you'd expect including: two analogue sticks, an 8-way D-Pad, 4 face buttons and 2 trigger buttons. Without getting our hands on Samsung's GamePad we can't be sure of its quality, but it looks well built to us.

Samsung GamePad Triggers

Samsung's GamePad is optimised for use with 'Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3' which can be connected using an NFC tag. They also get quicker access to games using the 'Play' button, which when pressed opens up Samsung's new 'Mobile Console' app.


At launch their are 35 games compatible with Samsung's GamePad including shooting game 'Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour', sports game 'Virtua Tennis Challenge' and the hi-octane racer 'Need for Speed Most Wanted'. And they can all easily found in once place on Samsung's Mobile Console app.


The Samsung GamePad will be available in European markets in the coming weeks. No official price has been revealed, but a number of UK retailers have the device listed for around the £80 mark - adding that it's due in stock in the next couple of days.


Samsung GamePad Specification


Android OS 4.1 more (Optimized for Samsung devices with Android 4.3 more)


Bluetooth® v3.0, NFC(Samsung devices with Android 4.3 more)
3.0 class 2, HID

Control Keys

- D-Pad (8 way)
- 2 Analog Sticks
- 4 Action buttons and 2 Trigger buttons
- Select button and Start button
- PLAY button (Samsung devices with Android 4.3 more)


137.78 x 86.47 x 31.80mm, 195g


Rechargeable 160mA



Sony Xperia owners don't need to splash the cash on Samsung's GamePad because they have long been able to use a PS3 dual-shock controller with their smartphone or tablet.

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By Simon Thomas on 18th December, 2013

Tags: Samsung GamePadMobile Games

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