Electronic game retailer GameStop will be joining the tabletsphere, as the company’s president, Tony Bartel, confirmed they are testing the sale and distribution of an unspecified Android tablet.
The slate will be GameStop branded and paired with a dedicated controller peripheral. The device will support mobile apps and most likely come pre-loaded with GameStop games, though the goal is to allow the tablet to stream full retail releases. The company will probably use Spawn Labs’ Player software to do so.
The introduction of a GameStop branded tablet will be an attempt by the company to counteract the shift of gaming business to the mobile market. Over the past few years, titles on mobile platforms, including iOS and Android, have become more popular among gamers. In 2009 iOS held 19 percent market share in the portable game software market, yet last year iOS and Android accounted for 34 percent of the market, according to the research firm Flurry Analytics.
Bartel kept mum about further details regarding the tablet, but we should expect to see the slate by early next year.