Android devices (and smartphones in general) are revolutionizing the way we live. The openness, flexiblity and versatility of smartphones has made it almost unnecessary to use many accessories we used to use everyday. Your Android device can be a remote control for many TVs, Bluray Players and even PCs. (And don’t forget about the Sonos music system). Samsung already announced some connectivity with home appliances during their CES presentation, where they highly emphasized their view of the “Smart Life.” Soon we’ll see actual remote control accessories disappear, because our phones will be replacing them. Let’s add another soon-to-be-obsolete accessory to the list, shall we?
PlayStation Move, Wii-motes and Kinect have substantially changed the way we look at video games. They’ve created a more interactive way to become part of the fantasy world of video games. It’s not weird at all to see these becoming so popular. Kinect has even managed to completely get rid of controllers, which is simply amazing. While these are all awesome, wouldn’t it be great to use our smartphones as gaming controllers for these systems, as well? That’s exactly what Techfaith is doing. And hopefully, we’ll soon be able to use our smartphones as controllers on every platform.
Techfaith has just announced they will be releasing a “total motion gaming solution package compatible with iPhone and Android based mobile phone operating systems.” This “package” would be compatible with their 17Vee gaming platform, and it should be available 3rd quarter of 2011. You may not know much about the 17Vee (and neither do we, actually), but it’s very similar to the Nintendo Wii as you can see in the video embedded at the bottom of this article.
This is a logical extension for us given the continued fast growth and existing market penetration of iPhone and Android-based mobile phones. We are enabling people to make their mobile phones into powerful motion gaming devices. From our standpoint, we will continue to embrace all viable mobile platforms, as we strive to provide high consumer choice in order to eventually make mobile motion gaming as common as SMS text messaging.Mr. Tony KongCEO of TechFaith's gaming business
Due to our limited knowledge of the Chinese language, it’s very hard to research this topic in more depth. We do have one major confusion, though. It relates to how this “package” will actually function with smartphones. The press release mentions users will be able to use these motion gaming controller packages to “convert their mobile phones into motion gaming controllers.” But what exactly do they mean by packages? We sure hope it’s just an application, but the statements do lead us to believe there might be more than that. Maybe some kind of case?
If you happen to be fluent in Chinese (Simplified Han), please do help us out with this topic. Let us know if we’re missing any important details. Here’s a link to their site (www.17Vee.com). If you do not know how to read Chinese, just enjoy the video with us and let’s hope for a brighter motion gaming future for our smartphones!Show Press Release
BEIJING, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
China TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited (NASDAQ: CNTF) (“TechFaith or the “Company”) today announced it will launch a total motion gaming solution package compatible with iPhone and Android based mobile phone operating systems. The launch, through TechFaith’s 17Vee gaming platform, is scheduled for the third quarter of 2011. iPhone or Android mobile users will be able to play motion games through the 17Vee motion gaming controller packages to convert their mobile phones into motion gaming controller.
Mr. Tony Kong CEO of TechFaith’s gaming business, said, “This is a logical extension for us given the continued fast growth and existing market penetration of iPhone and Android-based mobile phones. We are enabling people to make their mobile phones into powerful motion gaming devices. From our standpoint, we will continue to embrace all viable mobile platforms, as we strive to provide high consumer choice in order to eventually make mobile motion gaming as common as SMS text messaging.”
For more information, please visit- www.17vee.com
TechFaith (NASDAQ: CNTF) has three primary businesses. Under the TechFaith umbrella, the Company is a leading global mobile solutions provider for global mobile handsets market (Which previous called ODP (Original Developed Product) business). Under its TecFace brand, the Company is a leading developer of specialized mobile phones for differentiated market segments, including the rapidly growing Smartphone market targeting users and Operators through its QIGI brand; Outdoor and Sports enthusiasts through its Jungle brand; and the Teen market through licensed brands. Under the Company’s 17Vee brand, the Company has built a leading, intellectual property based motion gaming business ranging from Bluetooth enabled motion gaming controllers and software to a planned proprietary set-top motion game box. For more information, please visit www.techfaithwireless.com, www.17vee.com and www.798game.com.
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