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Samsung drops Xbox influences from redesigned Smartphone GamePad

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Samsung GamePad
Samsung GamePad

The first iteration of Samsung's mobile gaming controller took a lot of inspiration from Microsoft's Xbox gamepad design, but this second coming has managed to trim almost all of it out. The Smartphone GamePad switches to a black color scheme, swaps the convex analog sticks for concave ones, and replaces the AXYB labels with dots.

Beyond those cosmetic changes, it's still a Bluetooth accessory for your Android smartphone, compatible with devices ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches in screen size. You'll need to be running Android 4.1 or higher, with NFC-capable Galaxy devices on Android 4.3 automatically pairing with the GamePad. Samsung's also introducing a Mobile Console app, which gathers together a choice of compatible games to browse and purchase. There are 35 games at launch with Samsung promising "much more to come in 2014." Though the company says the GamePad is already available in some European markets, it declined to provide specifics on where it can be bought or for how much.