Jan 23 AT 1:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

Gameloft adding voice chat over LTE to their Android games


What’s next in Android gaming? Earlier this month Gameloft announced that they had partnered with Verizon to enable in-game voice chat over their 4G LTE network. The first game to receive this treatment should be the popular Ashphalt 6, which Gameloft was showing off at CES in Qualcomm’s booth.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Verizon to illustrate the potential of in-game voice chat and multiplayer over the 4G LTE network,” said Baudouin Corman, vice president of Publishing for the Americas at Gameloft. “Gameloft seeks to provide gamers with a complete mobile gaming experience and feels that these features are at the forefront of the platform’s future.”

In Gameloft’s demo only three gamers could play and talk at the same time, but hopefully that number is expanded when this feature reaches consumers later this year. I was once an obsessed online multiplayer gamer (Unreal Tournament ’99), so I know how voice chat is essential to team-based match-ups. Check out Gameloft’s teaser video below for an idea of what to expect.

Source: Gameloft

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Nice feature but what does LTE have to do with anything? Do they think 3G isn’t capable of handling voice chat? It uses very little bandwidth… :-/

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      It comes down to latency.

  • Roamdeus

    Well that should definitely keep my phone even more on a charger

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Pretty neat. Now we can bring public-obscenities-and-racial/sexist-slurs-by-a-10-year-old to a public setting!

    • Anthony E.

      Public ______ into a public setting?

      • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

        Yeah, I saw that after I posted. Meant to take out that first public… can’t edit comments so I have to look like a little bit of bobble-minded loony.

        • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

          …or, I could have replied to my own comment stating the correction, but I thought people would get the idea and hopefully not point it out… my bad, once again.

  • LukeT32

    now if they would port Counter-Strike: Source to android all my mobile gaming needs would be met. :)

    • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

      Why would you want Source? CS Portable is a replica of CS 1.6 which is so awesome. I never liked Source, I’ll stick with a 1.6 clone. ;)


      • delinear

        Ha ha, oh man I wasted so much time on 1.6 back in the day… must resist installing…

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  • Louis A

    Great game, beat it 2days after I bought it.


    nice…. but why only lte ? or will this run on wifi too?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’m sure it will work over WiFi. Maybe Gameloft is doing LTE first as part of a special promo with VZW.

  • erg

    Why not this feature on WiFi be more piratical
    carriers like Verizon have month cap

    • Mark

      So in a few months, they can come out with a data plan advertised as “gamers’ data plan” that has a higher cap. They will be like extra gb for voice chat, online multiplayer, blah…blah…blah. That’s marketing for you.

  • Josh P

    Great! The more they add this to their games the less I play psp. Possible psp replacement coming?

  • Nathan D.

    This is fine and all but they need to aid support for the transformer prime because i got a bunch of their games to play on his bad boy.

  • Fulaman

    I think overall this is more intended for Tablets and gaming on them. Sure, phones are gaming powerhouses too (since both phones and tablets use powerful gpus these days). We will soon have a more advanced form of Ventrilo or Teamspeak for Android.

  • Fulaman

    I’m sure this will also work on Sprints upcoming and AT&T’s LTE network. Android has definitely come a long way since 2008. I think Computing will generally take a leap towards Android and further away from Windows OS.

    • Mark

      We are decades away from such a thing…

      • Fulaman

        I don’t think it’s decades not even close more like a few years. There are 133 million Smartphone users in America alone that is 1/3 of America’s population. Smartphones have allowed people to access the internet, which couldn’t be done before from home before (lower-income families). Smartphones and Tablets will continue to open no doors/ways for people as long as they remain cheaper than than PCs and Consoles. The thing is Smartphones can do everything, they can be your personal camera, your computer, etc.

  • Alex Belko

    why do all these advertisements have to be that awkward? nice feature, but again playing at home is better with the home console, in public you will look funny) for the short time until battery dies lol

  • theluck

    i wonder if this will affect the music / sound effect in the game? sounds like fun though.

  • I been playing on line with friends and family doing voice chat trashing talking each other unreal tournanmen, asphalt black oops zombie, modern sandstorm plus more all on my android devices and want to know my secret, fine ill tell you, its call fourway calling while playing lol little cheesey but awesome, I even exchanged phone numbers with stranger witch is my own risk but much fun, its about time they intergrate voice to games, since our phone are quick as computer even faster then some and they have games u can play with voice. So its only fair. What gameloft and others should do is update their games and allow user to use WiFi or 4g to download and play online since 4g is almost or faster then WiFi. Looking forward for that in the near future.