The OS fragmentation issue is often cited to explain the hesitation on the part of app developers to commit to creating Android apps. With the appearance of Android 4.0, which has the declared purpose to remove a lot of this fragmentation, we have slowly begin to see a lot of hugely popular apps, such as Instagram, losing their “iOS exclusive” tags and making the move to Android. Another popular app that will soon be available on Android, one that was to this date iOS only, is Football Manager Handheld 2012, brought to you by Sports Interactive and SEGA.
The Football Manager series, unlike the FIFA series counterpart, does not require you to play every match yourself. Instead, it is more along the lines of micro-managing a football (soccer, for you US readers) club, with you having to decide team selections, tactics, and transfers. You can choose to manage any of over 34 clubs from a wide selection of leagues including England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Brazil, Belgium, Wales, and Australia.
The career mode, as with the PC and iOS versions, is comprehensive and provides real, up-to-date data for you, “the manager,” to work with. Also included in the “Handheld” version is a Challenger Mode that offers short-term scenarios and various goals to achieve.
The Android version will be available for devices featuring Android 2.2 or higher. It will be available on the Google Play Store from April 11 for approximately $11.
Here’s a gameplay video of FMH 2012 (iOS PSP version, but should be the same on Android):
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