Do you have an affinity for the early 90s? Rockstar Games is preparing to take you back in time with GTA: San Andreas, which is coming to Android in December. This isn't just a straight port, though. Rockstar is doing some work to make the experience of playing San Andreas (which is a massive game) better on a mobile device.


GTA: San Andreas was by far the biggest GTA game of the PS2 era, so the developers have reworked the checkpoints to make it easier to advance. The graphics have also gotten a boost with improved textures, draw distances, and shadows. The game will fully support controllers with little to no fooling around in menus.

Rockstar didn't give an exact date, but it should only be a few weeks. However, the title will only be available on "select" Android devices, including some versions of the Kindle Fire. Most of Rockstar's games start out with support for a few phones and tablets before expanding a few weeks after release. Hopefully your device is deemed worthy.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Felipe Pimenta

    So much awesomeness in a single news...

    (Btw, sent my tip 2 minutes before this was published. Damn you are fast)

    • Cal

      No one asked.

  • Taufiq Rahman

    and one day...we will play GTA 5 in our mobile devices!

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS


    • Mehmet Fatih

      probably not in a near future.. 7-8 years later I think

      • ddh819

        sooner via streaming

      • Taufiq Rahman

        Yes obviously!

      • :)

        But gta 4 for 3-4 years :)

    • Vinay N S


    • ChernobylTarasov

      R* is likely going to make a 10th anniversary for most games from here on out

    • http://www.androidreviewcenter.com/ Bosco Loon

      probably not made by Rockstar ,i think it is made by Gameloft .Try take a look at the Gangster Vegas the graphic is better than GTA but if Rockstar release GTA 5 everything will be change !

  • usaff22

    In other words, eight devices can enjoy this game. Screw the rest :(

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      I think you can likely assume that if you've got a low end device or a device that's 2+ years old, you won't be playing this on your device.

      • João Deiró

        GTA Vice City doesn't support the Galaxy S4, so that is absolutely not the issue

        • Toss3

          What are you yapping about? Works fine here.

          • João Deiró

            Well, the Play Store says it's not compatible with my i9505...

          • Adrian Price

            no problem with my i9505

          • João Deiró

            Here's the Play Store compatibility list, as of today: Motorola Atrix, Motorola Atrix HD, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Photon, HTC Rezound, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy R, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia S / P / T & TL, Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player

          • blahmoomoo

            Region lock, perhaps?

            It's annoying that the Play Store just says "incompatible" instead of "not available in your region." You see someone say it's not compatible and someone else saying it works for them in pretty much every comment section of an article with an app with a region lock. Google, pls.

          • João Deiró

            It could be. I'm in Brazil. It seems to be available for other devices here, though, judging by the amount of reviews in portuguese.

          • Carlos Bojorges

            In Portugal they speek portuguese (lol) so maybe they're not brazilians at all.

          • João Deiró

            O RLY? LOL. It's actually very easy to differentiate PT and PT-BR...

          • Imparus

            Oh for crying out loud just check, go to the web version of google play store, find it try to check if it can instal, if it says incompatible, then click the dropdown menu "Choose a device" and then see what the reason is it wont instal.

          • João Deiró

            It doesn't say anything. It just shows that it's not compatible with either my i9505 or my Nexus 7. The region lock is the probable cause.

          • Nomaan

            No.... the play store correctly tells either not compatible or not available in users country.

          • blahmoomoo

            Judging by a reply below, it sounds like the not available in your country notification might not be front-and-center, and might not even be stated in the Play Store app. So people will continue to initially claim it's not compatible with their device when it's really a region lock.

          • Nomaan

            when you open a link of an app thats not compatible, you see "not compatible blah blah" at the top in black bar. Its the same with country restricted apps , it shows "not available in your country" at the top in same black bar.

          • Guest

            Compatible with my Nexus 5...

          • bloodman

            I have Note 3 and i have buy the VC and play the game

          • Park Jung Soo

            I think it is a memory problem

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          That sucks. Works perfectly fine on both my HTC One and my Nexus 7 2013.

        • Jack Mackenzie Smith

          Well I got gta vc on my s4 so thats not true

        • Park Jung Soo

          Yes it works I have it

      • Davis Hernandez

        lol vice city and gta 3 are compatible with my 2011 xperia mini pro and my galaxy tab 2 7.0, the xperia runs them at medium graphics and the galaxy tab runs them at ultra settings xD

  • Prince

    The Pc version was around 5GB!! Time to free up some space :D

    • BaconEater

      Crazy some games are 30GB+ now

      • abobobilly

        Hard Drives are comparatively much cheaper than NAND flash. So at the end of the day, Mobile Games with bigger size come out as more expensive :p

        • mavericksid

          What does size has to do with expense? They're merely porting the game.

          • abobobilly

            Actually I was "connecting" the argument of "30+GB Games" with "cheaper HDD space" ... explaining "WHY" they are getting bigger.

            And "because" NAND Flash is expensive, making bigger games (and no space to put them on) won't benefit anyone.
            I didn't know it was so hard to understand :p

          • mavericksid

            That doesn't point that a game is expensive but your device is cheap. Almost all the devices that can play these games have a minimum on 16gb internal storage. And believe me, games with a size of 30gb for mobiles ain't gonna happen in the coming 6-7 years.

    • Mohammed Murtuza

      The mobile version will be less then. 4GB or less.

  • Samuel Hart

    Hmm, I'm interested!

  • evertjr

    I hope they make it compatible with Nexus devices at launch

  • Frekko

    thats a great News! but What about cheats? would be pretty difficult if there will be no cheats! Still have the printout cheats on a4 sheet gta san pc game

    • Gav456

      But If you cheat you don't get the rhino/hydra spawn at cj's house when you 100%...

    • Franco Rossel

      You can use a bluetooth or USB OTG keyboard. I tested it with GTA 3 ang GTA:VC, and works.

    • Mohammed Murtuza

      you need an external keyboard for cheats.

  • Frederico Silva

    Right on time to test my Nexus 5 gaming performance (mine too) :D

    • Nomaan

      It's has the best mobile cpu and gpu on the planet right now.


    Fuq... O.o

  • lolmaster24

    I wonder if its avalible for nexus 7 2013 and nexus 5

  • Karan O

    Yessssssssssssss ! i knew it! finally we can play one of the best gta games that ever created ! i hope my s4 run it smooth! Crytek it's your turn we want CRYSIS! :D

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wow, I never imagined I'd see some greatest games like this come to mobile...

    Can we expect other greatest hits from PC/consoles hit iOS/Android in the future? Just imagine Diablo 2

    • Mehmet Fatih

      diablo 1-2, fallout 1-2, aoe 2 !

    • Franco Rossel

      With Diablo or Torchlight I would be extremely happy.

    • Julian

      WC3 would be awesome too!

  • Dee Norbert

    So when is Crysis coming to mobile :)) .That would be the big boom.

    • abobobilly

      "When pigs fly"!? Considering how fast technology is progressing, it won't be long :p

      On a serious note, Dead Trigger is a very good example graphically. So is Real Racing 3. Apparently mobile games (graphically) still need to cover some distance.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well yeah, but seeing all these technological leaps every now and then - I give 4-6 years more until devices become so powerful that they'll be able to run games like FlatOut 2 with full graphics at stable 60FPS, and Crisis won't be far from that point

        I mean, just think about it - could someone think 3-4-5 years ago that in 2013 we would be able to see Dead Trigger 2 level of graphics on phones and tablets? And that was Android 2.x era with first Snapdragon processors

  • Rob Johnson

    Lol I wonder if there's any chance it'll work on the Xperia Play

    • jb vance

      lol that phone is like 4 years old

      • Rob Johnson

        It was out of date when the last two GTA's came out, but they still got released for it.

  • Ramiro Cruz

    had an orgasm with this news..

  • Gav456

    Cool, I 100%ed gta sa on ps2 and 360, now I'll get chance to do it on the Nexus 5, win

  • disqus_7zCKYC2BSD

    I've got to make some space available!!!

  • abobobilly

    A good example that Android Gaming is really progressing.

    Loved the shit out of SanAndreas. Would love to fly that "Harrier" to attack some military bases ... oh and "screw" some girl friends :D

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    Cloud saves. PLEASE. I'd love to play this at home on a micro console, then on a tablet or my phone while mobile.

  • YETI

    I really hope it comes out on Android before iOS (if it ever does) because we're usually left behind and it would be awesome with such a big title as San Andreas

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  • Davis Hernandez

    "limited to selected android devices" lol, they said the same with gta 3 and gta vice city xD

  • Nursultan Altynov

    WooooW!!!! Thank you for good news!!!!

  • Mohammed Murtuza

    I don't want apple making it delayed now.

  • KingSandesh

    This is awesome! I've been looking forward to this for a while now. One of the best games I've ever played.

  • OnpointG3


  • Marlon

    im pretty sure that even if a device is not in the list of selected android devices if you have at least a 1ghz dual core and 1gb of ram you can play it without problems i have gta 3 and gta vice city on my s3 mini with max graphics and i dont have lags im sure san andreas can run on every device with this specifications without problems

  • ChernobylTarasov

    Now Imagine Dead Space 2 for droids and ios

  • Acato Cato

    Max Payne 2 is next year most likely

  • dreamkiller

    GTA: San Andreas is the best game i hav ever played.. just downloaded it yest.. didnt pay for the app but downloaded the cracked apk from windroidblog.. n the apk worked.. seems like i m getting addicted to it.. download it now guys.. i got one from windroidblog

  • Ashley Gray

    I have a moto g that has kit kat and it is not compatible ,why?