PlayMG's handheld Android gaming device goes on pre-order for $149

Shawn Knight

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A startup called PlayMG has announced the imminent release of a dedicated Android gaming handset they are calling the MG. The device features full access to Google Play in a lightweight package that won't break the budget.

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TechMancer

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That's cheaper than I heard it was going to be. But is it a touch-screen device or does it have key buttons? That makes all the difference, because some games are harder to play with touch-screen capability.
 

ghasmanjr

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I don't understand why parents pass of their smartphones to kids. I would NEVER give my 4s to a kid, let alone buy them an android device as a stocking stuffer. In my day, stocking stuffers were things like candy or a music cd. Times have changed...
 

TechMancer

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I don't understand why parents pass of their smartphones to kids. I would NEVER give my 4s to a kid, let alone buy them an android device as a stocking stuffer. In my day, stocking stuffers were things like candy or a music CD. Times have changed...
How true. My 3 year old cousin plays with his aunt's iPad daily. And every time I go to a restaurant, I see TODDLERS playing on iPhones. P*sses the heck out of me.
 

Littleczr

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That's cheaper than I heard it was going to be. But is it a touch-screen device or does it have key buttons? That makes all the difference, because some games are harder to play with touch-screen capability.
I was thinking the same thing. Heck if it had buttons I wouldn't mind buying it for myself. But it doesn't so it leaves something to be desired.
 

ET3D

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By the way, thanks for the Archos link. I'll be waiting for more details about it.

The MG looks to me like it's aimed at kids who normally play on their parents' phone. One of the features shown in the video is a control app letting parents see exactly what their kid has downloaded and played. I think it's a decent device for this target market, but for people who want a gaming device for themselves it won't be worth buying.
 

TechMancer

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What if it had buttons, and you could have an option in the settings menu to have a touch-screen mode? Expensive it may be, but it could sell more.