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Turn any Android phone into a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handset

Gadget news and reviews site Pocket Lint has gained access to a mobile phone accessary from Gametel, which allows any Google mobile OS phone to be transformed in to a Xperia Play-esque device with a D-pad.

Pocket Lint is now carrying images and hands on video of the Swedish company’s Bluetooth gaming D-pad, which circumvents the Android screen and offers up a gaming console experience – without the need to by a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play mobile.

The site has noted the accessory doesn’t need to be physically connected to work, but it does come with a clamp that can grip around an Android phone with a screen up to 4.2 inches.

The controller will work with any Android phone from version 2.1 and above including Honeycomb tablets.

Pocket lint also notes the Bluetooth D-Pad controller will cost around £50 and expected to be available in the UK before Christmas, whilst working with over 50 games in the Android Market at the moment. This is along with being able to use Cordy, Asphalt 5 HD, Reckless Getaway, Guns’n’Glory, MotoX Mayhem, Happy Vikings and Zenonia in the future.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.