Last week one of our forum members started a thread asking us to create a forum for Android games. It got a surprising amount of support in a fairly short time period, so, we figured... Why not? Behold, the Android Games Forum which of course you can also access via the iOS TouchArcade App [Free]. It'll be interesting to see what the forum turns in to, since (according to the initial request thread, anyway) there seems to be a decent amount of crossover in our community between people who might have an iPod touch or iPad but also rock some kind of Android phone (or vice versa with an iPhone and Android tablet).

If you love the TouchArcade community, but have missed having a place to discuss the happenings on the other side of the proverbial platform fence, give it a look. Similarly, if you're a developer that either has a ton of Android games or some Android stuff in the works, don't hesitate to start a thread. There's not a whole lot going on there yet, but I have a feeling that'll quickly change.

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  • Adams Immersive

    Cool! Why not? I'd hate to see the main page diluted with Android games, but it sounds like a good addition to the forums!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      The front page will be iOS only for the foreseeable future. That could always change, of course, but no one at TouchArcade even owns an Android device, soooo... ;)

      • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

        Please don't ever change!

        Seriously, I don't have a problem with Android but it seems every Android owner on the web believes it's their duty to inform iOS users about how crap iOS is compared to Android.

        The zealotry is just out of hand, so it's nice to come here and not be assaulted with the opinions of people who've never even used iOS presented as fact.

      • homosaur

        I use both an iPhone 5 for work and a Nexus 4 for my personal and I have to say, it's shocking how old and dull the IOS devices feel now. IOS has had comparatively little innovation and still has the same general interface problems it's had for years. To gamers though, not even a choice. Android software, especially tablets can't come close to the breadth and quality of the IOS software library. Yes there are amazing software packages for Android including some really incredible things that would never be available in Apple's slave store, but for gamers it isn't even a real choice. Sure the Nexus 10 has the best screen of any tablet, but good luck finding games optimized for it.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        Can you elaborate on what is better on Nexus4 that is "dull and old" on iPhone? Interested to know specifics -- as a non-Android user. Thanks

    • swarmster

      Especially since then the main page would be all "remember that awesome old iPhone game? Well it's on Android now, with ads!" and "remember that awesome old iPhone game? Well there's an unattributed ripoff on Android now!" Also: here's a 5 page list of devices it should run on, colour coded for expected frame drops and crashiness.

      (Burn!)

      • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

        Sad but true.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        For what it's worth, all the discussions we've had internally about doing anything with Android has involved some kind of platform switch to not even see things that don't pertain to you... Sort of like how if you ever used GameFly one of the first things it asks is what consoles you have, so if you only have an Xbox 360, you don't get pushed anything for the PS3.

        But, like I said, there aren't any plans yet to change anything about TouchArcade proper. Creating a forum took me all of about 15 seconds and seemed silly not to do if there was any kind of demand. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/JosueF Josue Feliciano

        Thanks Eli, I really enjoy the site (and the personalities) having more catered android content would be great.

    • ImJPaul

      I was about to post the same thing. Glad I'm not the only one and glad it's been addressed.

  • http://www.handsometrustworthy.com/ Armaan Khan

    That's good to hear. I have an iPad and Android Phone, and the only games I pick up on Android are ones that I've read about here.

  • db2

    Cool. I've got an N7, and never really know what's worth looking at.

    • dekon

      Nothing! Buy an iPad mini.

    • WarMachine

      Go download an emulator. It'll be worth more your time.

    • Teddy Chen

      I agree that this site is great to learn about upcoming mobile games before purchasing. I've been visiting this site since my iPhone 3G. Now that I own an Android phone and many big games are coming out for both platforms, it's logical for this site to adapt to the community. The site is called Toucharcade, not iOSarcade.

  • wigzisonfire

    Yea ill second that, the last thing I want is the main page being clogged with android news and reviews.

    • McCREE

      :)

  • sweetdiss

    Is there any way we could have an option to filter out certain forums in "New Posts"?

  • McCREE

    Is there any way to hide that forum on the user end? I'm already annoyed by the Android threads popping up in the "new posts" section of the forum via the TA App. That page is my TA hub, and one that I use often.

  • Teemberland

    Perhaps time for TA ap for Android?

  • jar0d

    That's great news. TouchArcade sounds iOS neutral to me ;)
    How about a TouchArcade android app? I'm planing to get a Google Nexus 4 because since I got my iPad I barely play on my iPhone (4). That would be great!

    • homosaur

      Nexus 4 is the bet phone I've ever owned, but get a case. The back is glass.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        The bet phone? Wow, really? meh

  • http://www.facebook.com/JosueF Josue Feliciano

    I actually don't even own an iOS device, but there is enough crossover to make visiting this site worthwhile. Catering even more to android would be a dream.

  • NuEssex

    Thanks for that TA! It's about time! Personally, I use an iPad 3/Nexus 4 combo, so I'm platform agnostic. iOS may have started mobile gaming but Android is expanding the market. More and more devs are starting to realize that there is money to be made on Android, with WAY less competition.

    That said, the TA front page should remain iOS only since iOS is the dominant platform when it comes to gaming.

    • MidianGTX

      I'm pretty sure the statistics still say you're more likely to make money on iOS. I've seen the same things said on Android blogs and the Forbes site so there should be a decent element of truth to it.

    • MidianGTX

      I'm pretty sure the statistics still say you're more likely to make money on iOS. I've seen the same things said on Android blogs and the Forbes site so there should be a decent element of truth to it.

      • NuEssex

        Sure. All I'm saying is that there is money to be made on both platforms, and developers are taking notice. I didn't say anything about the amount of money to be made on Android vs iOS. Android has grown up over the past few years, but iOS is still the dominant platform for mobile gaming by a large margin.

      • Teddy Chen

        I agree with you. It's like why develop games just for Xbox when there are money to be made with PS3 well .

  • Grumps

    Still prefer that this will remain iOS forever and setup another site/sub-site for Android #iheartiOS

  • themostunclean

    Can anyone explain to me why my sister's SG 3 the "next big thing" lags, stutters, and crashes Temple Run 2 while my iPhones 4S and 5 have had zero issues with it? Her home screen and web browser are also very choppy (at least to me).

    She's asked me to see if there's any way to fix it but with that many cores and 2 gigs of RAM I'm seriously stumped as to what even could be causing the problem.

    Not a troll so please keep any responses civil and explanatory, not explosive. TA seems to have the most level-headed members which is why I'm asking here.

    • MidianGTX

      I can't talk specifics, but the general reason for poor performance on Android stems from the fact there's no one piece of hardware to develop for. It's enough of a hassle on iOS having to create a game that works on different models of iPhone, iPod and iPad, so imagine how tough it must be doing it for Android on dozens and dozens of different models from different manufacturers, each with different specs.

      That said, I would expect that the Samsung Galaxy phones are a priority for Android devs as they're often considered the best, so if apps are struggling to perform on those it might be down to that particular device or firmware version. If the S3 can't run most apps flawlessly it just shows how problematic a lack of focus can be.

      • themostunclean

        That's basically what I told her. She's not much of a techie so the common solutions found on forums (rooting the phone, custom performance tweaks, etc.) aren't really options. She says it makes using the phone feel sloppy.

        She's genuinely upset she let her boyfriend talk her into Samsung (he's vehemently anti-Apple, annoyingly so) but at least now I have a buyer for my iphone 5 when the 6/5S comes out!

    • Teddy Chen

      Sorry, but the next big thing isn't your sister 's Galaxy S 3 but it's my Galaxy Note 2. It runs Temple Run 2 flawlessly without slowdowns nor pop ins (which the iOS version suffers from). I rather play this game on my Note 2 than my iPad 3.

  • somethingelsefl

    For the love of God please make a separate app and website for the Android games. I own several iOS devices and an Android device...so I have an appreciation for games on both.

    But, one of the reasons I like TouchArcade is because there are so few Fanboy fights. I fully support TouchArcade growing into Android devices...but PLEASE keep the two separate or the moderators will have their hands full trying to keep the focus on games rather than which OS is better or has better commercials.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      I'm happy TA is going for both. I think it's shrewd, and why the heck not?
      But ... since I don't own any Android stuff at this time (but am very open to changing platforms someday), I would appreciate a "TOGGLE" in the TA mobile app which allows me to NOT see Android stuff (or for them to block seeing iOS stuff).
      TOGGLE = Simple logic. Do it, make your readers happy again! :D

  • http://twitter.com/awp69 awp69

    Yikes. After roaming around the new forum, I was kind of excited being both an iOS and Android owner. But came to the comments here and am sorry to see at least a little backlash. We can live in harmony folks!
    But I mainly came here to thank Eli and the crew for creating the new forum. TA has got one of the greatest gaming communities (and that includes consoles) I've ever encountered. Sure, there's bickering like every other forum, but there's a lot of really good people here.
    And that's why I wanted an Android forum here! The vast majority of Android gaming forums are horrible. But with so many members here, there's a good number of people that do own both systems. And I've found that there were lurkers here to find out about games on Android that were cross platform (that kind of tells you how hard it is to find good Android forums and information if you're lurking iOS forums for advice)
    Anyway, still never going to abandon my 3GS and surely will upgrade to a shiny new iPhone 5 when my upgrade comes due. So, yeah, I hope the Android forums stay civil and thrive on their own.
    Thanks again guys!

  • theundertow

    There goes the neighborhood...

  • last knight

    I think in this times we can see beginning of apple era ends, this and many events

    i has iphone 3G, than iphone 4 and now 4S, but apple froze their innovations with iphone 5,
    a5 is still good for best games, cameras are same, display is only taller,

    i dont like android as os but i must say than galaxy s3 is good phone - brother have it, but real racing 3 isnt so smooth on it, real racing 3 is much smoother on iphone 4S

    so i dont know what device i choose next year if samsung or apple

    • homosaur

      You're way better off getting one of the Nexus devices than any Samsung, Motorola, etc. Why? Updates. You don't want to have rely on these guys for updates. If you get a Nexus, you'll be on the newest software until it simply can't run it anymore. Someone right now is STILL running my Nexus One which was purchased the first week it was out.

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