The Android Market is the de-facto official apps market for Android smartphones and tablets, yet it is far from being an ideal place for finding apps, especially great ones. Unquestionably, the Android Market holds thousands of great apps–some are free, while others for a small price.
The good apps, however, tend to get lost amidst a thick crowd of apps in the Android Market. Gamers, in particular, find it a great annoyance to jump through a lot of hoops just to find a good game among the 18,000 games on the Android Market. That’s one game that I’m sure no gamer wants to play at all.
To work around the app discoverability hurdle, several companies have set up curated markets to make app searching easier. For instance, NVIDIA recently launched its Tegra Zone for apps certified to work smoothly with Tegra-powered Android devices. Qualcomm followed suit not soon thereafter with its Snapdragon Game Pack.
The latest company to join the bandwagon is Exent, which has been in the games-on-demand business for many years and has become well known for over 2,000 on-demand PC games. Exent recently announced its plans to extend its reach to mobile devices with its subscription based service called GameTanium Mobile for Android.
GameTanium is an “all-you-can-eat” games-on-demand service providing an unlimited number of games for a 5-dollar monthly subscription. It is meant to be what Netflix is to movies, or Spotify is to music. That’s one great way to describe Exent’s plans for GameTanium.
The trick lies in handpicking the best games and being picky with publishers to ally with. Although that will expectedly result in a smaller number of available games, the selectivity can also fairly guarantee high quality.
We’d imagine Android gamers to breathe more comfortably with a solution such as GameTanium. Consumers no longer need to find good games as if they were looking for needles in a haystack. Consumers also will no longer be burdened by per-game fees, as the monthly 5-dollar subscription covers all games in the GameTanium library accessible from a single Android app.
As if those were not attractive enough, the GameTanium-certified games are full versions (not demos or crippled trial versions with limited gameplays) and–this one’s the best–they’re ad-free.
Games on the GameTanium library also come with reviews, ratings, screenshots, video trailers, and other nifty extras to enable users to get a fairly good idea of the game before deciding to download.
GameTanium Mobile currently has 75 Android games in its library, but Exent aims to bring the number to 200 before the year ends. Several of the most popular games are available, and Exent is offering them for consumers to try for free for now. Here’s a partial list:
To access the GameTanium Mobile library, you need to download and install the GameTanium app to your Android device. More instructions are available on the GameTanium website. Android 2.2 Froyo or higher is required.
The app is currently reported to work perfectly on a limited number of Android smartphones such as the Motorola DROID (Motorola Milestone), Motorola DROID X, Motorola DROID 2, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, and HTC Legend. Although other Android smartphones and tablets are currently not yet supported, Exent hopes to lengthen its list of supported Android devices.
What games would you like to make it to the GameTanium Mobile library?