The rise of Android gaming phones

Mishaal Rahman
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The rise of Android gaming phones

On this episode of Android Bytes: mobile gaming. People play into it. There's money to be made in it. And a lot of it gets done on Android. So, how do you build an Android device catering to that market? We talk with Chih-hao Kung, Global Technical PR Director for ASUS, a company known for its PCs that's had a hand in advancing Android gaming phones with its ROG Phone series.

  • 01:37 - Why does ASUS invest in mobile gaming hardware?
  • 05:30 - What does the mobile gaming market look like?
  • 15:41 - Why did early gaming phones fail? What kicked off the recent boom in gaming phones?
  • 21:44 - How big is the mobile gaming market?
  • 26:29 - What are some gaming phones innovations that have trickled down to regular devices?
  • 30:49 - How does smartphone cooling work? What are some of the recent improvements in cooling a smartphone?
  • 39:32 - What challenges did ASUS face in getting developers to support the ROG Phone accessories?
  • 47:50 - Why are refresh rate options in games so inconsistent between devices?
  • 54:35 - What's the deal with game controller support on Android?
  • 56:25 - How is Google addressing fragmentation when it comes to Android game development? How will these measures affect OEMs?

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Android Bytes (powered by Esper)

A weekly show that dives deep into the Android OS

Android Bytes (powered by Esper) is the podcast that dives deep into the engineering and business decisions behind the world’s most popular OS. 

Android powers over 3 billion devices worldwide and is the platform of choice for over a thousand companies. You’ll find Android on smartphones, tablets, watches, TV, cars, kiosks, and so much more. How does Google architect Android to run on so many form factors, and how do companies fork AOSP to make it run on even more devices? These are the kinds of questions the Android Bytes podcast considers each week.

Join cohosts Mishaal Rahman and David Ruddock, two journalists with extensive knowledge covering the Android OS platform and ecosystem, as they speak to system architects, kernel engineers, app developers, and other distinguished experts in the Android space.

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Mishaal Rahman is a Technical Editor at Esper. He has been an Android user for over a decade and has been at the forefront of Android news coverage for half a decade. His in-depth breakdowns of new Android versions have been referenced across the Internet.