An upgrade to Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) has started going out to the Wikipad 7 gaming-oriented tablet. In addition, the maker of this model has announced the Gamevice, a detachable console-like controller for tablets.
Android 4.2 brings improved battery life and the ability to create multiple user accounts. It also enables gesture typing by sliding fingers across the virtual keyboard, improved camera features, lock screen widgets, and Google Now improvements.
Along with the updated OS comes new features exclusively for the Wikipad 7, including controller mapping, new content such as Madfinger Games’ Dead Trigger 2, and access to games from WildTangent Games.
The Wikipad 7 is a general-purpose tablet. What sets it apart from the crowd is a set of gaming controls that can be attached to it. With the Gamevice, the developer of the Wikipad is going to extend this feature to a range of tablets made by other companies.
Fraser Townley, President of Wikipad, said “We heard from many people who either expressed love for the Wikipad 7 or who already owned an iPad or an Android or Windows 8 mobile device and wanted us to make a controller that worked for them. We are currently working on versions for Windows 8 and Android devices. We have not forgotten other important OS systems and we hope to announce additional support those in the near future.”
The Gamevice will include dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 analog buttons, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons.
It will use a patented flex bridge design that expands or collapses to fit a range of mobile devices.
It is not yet clear when Wikipad will launch the Gamevice, or what it willl cost.