On-screen and accelerometer controls work great for some mobile games, but other times you just want a real controller. Wikipad, the company behind the gaming-centric Wikipad tablet is introducing a new product called the Gamevice at CES. This is a split controller that expands and contracts to fit on your mobile device.


The Gamevice has what Wikipad calls a "flex bridge" design. Presumably the middle portion of the controller can be adjusted to snugly fit around your mobile device. The name probably refers to the vice-like grip it will have on your precious phone or tablet. It's a kind of pun, you see. The Gamevice has dual analog sticks and triggers, but no official price just yet.

Owners who bought the Wikipad 7-inch tablet already have a controller for their device, and they are about to get an update. Alongside the Gamevice announcement, the company has confirmed that Android 4.2 is hitting the Wikipad as an OTA. The update includes all the Android goodies you'd expect, but also some free stuff. Owners will get these six paid games with the update: Shadowgun, Reckless Racing, Raging Thunder 2, Sprinkle, Granny Smith, and Zen Pinball HD. Dead Trigger 2 is also included, but that's a free game anyway. The new OTA will additionally include an enhanced gamepad mapper to make more games playable on the Wikipad.

Wikipad Announces Gamevice Patented Console-Quality Detachable Controllers for Mobile Devices
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Jan. 3, 2014 – At CES 2014, Wikipad, Inc. (www.wikipad.com) the leader in mobile gaming platforms including the Wikipad 7 Android gaming tablet announced the creation of Gamevice a next-generation detachable console-like controller for mobile devices.  Gamevice, which received a utility and design global patent, transforms mobile games into full fledge mobile console experiences with a slim portable controller that effortlessly connects to mobile devices. Gamevice offers a unique patented flex bridge design that expands or collapses to fit mobile devices.
“We value the opinions of our community. 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,” said Fraser Townley, President of Wikipad, Inc.
Gamevice transforms mobile devices into portable video game consoles complete with dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 analog buttons, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons – every button gamers already use and in a form factor that will be familiar.
Wikipad, Inc. (www.wikipad.com) today announced an important over-the-air (OTA) update for its premium 7” gaming tablet that will automatically refresh the Wikipad to add new features such as controller mapping, the addition of Android 4.2, new content such as Madfinger Games’ Dead Trigger 2 and access to a host of great games from new content partner WildTangent Games. The OTA showcase’s Wikipad commitment to redefine gaming in a mobile-centric world. The 7’ Wikipad tablet offers the functionality of a portable premium tablet with the exciting video game console experience.
To receive the update, Wikipad owners must connect their Wikipad to the Internet and install the software update when prompted. The whole process takes a few minutes.
The update includes:
One of the limitations of mobile games is that complex games often have control schemes not suited for touch screens. Wikipad has released its Wikipad Controller Assistant allowing allows gamers to transform the touchscreen controls of virtually any Android game into a console-like experience using Wikipad’s patented gamepad controller.
ANDROID 4.2 (Jelly Bean+)
The updated version of Jelly Bean includes a number of improvements and new features, including improved battery life and the ability to create multiple user accounts. Android 4.2 enables gesture typing by sliding fingers across the virtual keyboard, improved camera features, gesture typing, lock screen widgets and Google Now updates that pull package tracking, hotel and flight details, restaurant reservations and other important meetings and other time sensitive information straight from Gmail. Wikipad owners will find many small improvements that enhance the Wikipad experience, whether you are gaming, using the Wikipad for work, or just browsing the web and having fun.
WildTangent Games offers access a host of premium games to consumers with WildTangent’s patented technology. Consumers receive free in-game items as well as free play of premium games courtesy of brand advertisers. In addition, consumers can rent games for a fraction of the retail price, with 100% of rental going toward ownership, or buy them outright.
WildTangent adds to an already impressive list of content partners including Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA's free game discovery app.
As an added bonus, Wikipad users receive six premium games pre-installed:
·         Shadowgun – Madfinger Games 
·         Reckless Racing 1 - Polarbit 
·         Raging Thunder 2 – Polarbit 
·         Sprinkle – Medicore 
·         Granny Smith - Medicore 
·         Zen Pin HD – Zen Studios

  • The update also adds Madfinger Game’s award-winning and visually stunning first person zombie shooter Dead Trigger 2. The original Dead Trigger was a smash hit with more than 23M downloads, and Dead Trigger 2 offers even more bloody action and stunning HD graphics, placing gamers in an apocalyptical world where humanity must make its final stand against the growing onslaught of zombies.
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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  • mustbepbs

    They're just NOW getting around to 4.2?

    This company needs some help. I don't even know what they're doing. This thing looks super cheap and uncomfortable. Talk about awful ideas.

    • Steven Code

      Wait till you hear the specs tegra 3 1.3 GHz and 1 GB of ram!! Its an iPhone but worse lol

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        No it's not an iPhone, it's a HTC One X but worse.

        • Steven Code

          Omfg the horror!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    Guessing this doesn't fit the Nexus 7, is there anything similar for that device?

    • Kcilorak

      Same here I have been looking for something that'll hold my new N7 like this..... Shockingly difficult....

  • Mr E

    I can't speak to the quality, but I've been wanting something like this for a long time. Seeing the iphone get the logitech (?) one was like salt in the wound. I have to admit though, if you could use the Vita as a phone, I'd be all over that.

  • David Hart

    Is this for phones or tablets?

    I've been using the iControlpad for a long time now, it even holds my nexus 4 and 5 just fine.
    And Robert Broglias emulators (the .emu apps, nes.emu gba.emu etc) all work with native support. It has a rechargeable battery, and if you get the right cable/adapter, you can even charge you phone off of it.

    This also looks like it would be awkward without the device, like it might be to small.

  • popo

    wii u gamepad lol

  • Seth Forbus

    I was so embarrassed on "launch day" for the original 10" wikipad when I went into gamestop. The manager was laughing because I was the only one who pre-ordered one, and they had to tell me the launch was canceled. I've owned a bunch of different tablets, but I ended up replacing my want of a wikipad with an nvidia shield. I just wanted the wikipad for emulators and the nvidia shield handles them very nicely.

  • paparazzi

    Nope it wont work. Unless the gamepad can also function as cover, like surface Touch /Type Cover.

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  • Primalxconvoy

    I like the fact that companies like this are pushing hardware controlled android gaming forward. I wish ouya would do something similar too. Anyway, even though I time down and got a Moga (Christmas gift vouchers!), I still wish something like the Bladepad would come out for android. Something that slid out from a case that was easy to use and didn't require pulling out of a bag and setting up.