GameStop to Develop Tablet Device with Android OS

GameStop is planning to launch its very own in-house tablet device, and has chosen Google’s Android platform as its operating system.

The Android powered tablet, which is likely to come up with several pre-loaded titles, had been planned by GameStop officials for several months, an industry publication revealed on Monday.

Earlier this year, GameStop acting president Tony Bartel stated the company was giving its best and looking forward to moving into a new phase where it could fulfill the needs of gamers who “consume games in a hybrid manner." He also said the company was constantly searching for a distribution model with similar characteristics of Apple App Store and iTunes.

Bartel also stated that GameStop was considering developing its own game-dedicated tablet device, preferably powered by its self-developed operating system.

This is a shift in his earlier position when he told GameIndustry.biz that Google’s Android OS held the potential to efficiently run what he referred to as a "GameStop-certified gaming platform." He further revealed that GameStop was planning to incorporate its own hardware, made by some unspecified third party manufacturer(s).