Take one look at Google Play's ever-expanding marketplace and see that there is an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to Android games.
If you don't have a smartphone or a tablet to play those games on, though, you might be out of luck. Or so you may think.
Anyone looking to play some Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja without a smartphone as a prerequisite is now in luck: there is a growing number of options for people who want access to all the games on the Android platform in the form of dedicated Android gaming devices. Here's a look at some of those options:
Currently being funded on Kickstarter, the MG is targeted at parents who want to let their kids play Android games without having to hand over their smartphones all the time. The device has very few buttons, instead focusing on the most important part, the four-inch touch screen. It comes built-in with all the hardware needed for most casual games, Engadget explains, including a gyroscope, compass and accelerometer, and runs on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The device comes preloaded with a number of games as well as PlayMG's family collaboration app, which allows parents to monitor what the child or teen is downloading with the phone. The device will retail for $170 USD when it goes on sale this holiday season, or you can pledge $99 to the Kickstarter campaign for the early supporter price.
No, despite its appearance, this isn't a PSP. The JXD S602 is an inexpensive Android gaming system (also operating on ICS) made to look like an original PSP, but with a few key differences. For one, the screen is actually a touch screen, so you aren't limited to the buttons on the sides (which can be mapped for Android games). You can link with other units over Wi-Fi, record video (although it's only a 0.3MP camera), play music, read ebooks and play not just Android games, but also a number of different emulator games, too. Not sure how long it'll be before Sony notices that someone has followed its design and tries to sue it off the market, but until that happens, you can pick one up for $66 USD.
ARCHOS 43 internet tablet
Yes, this is technically a tablet, but its small size and low price make it another viable option for portable gaming, even though it isn't a dedicated gaming device. The Archos 43 has a 4.3" touch screen and Internet connectivity via Wi-Fi. It's a little more dated than the other devices included here, as it operates on Android 2.2, but it offers perks like an HD camera, HDMI out, Bluetooth connectivity and a 3D graphics accelerator. You can pick up an 8GB model for $149.99 or a 16GB one for $199.99 (U.S. prices).