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 Minecraft  Expands Android Device Support
Minecraft Expands Android Device Support
September 26, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi

September 26, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi
More: Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Following a timed exclusivity period on Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play smartphone, Mojang's Minecraft: Pocket Edition will be released for a variety of Android devices this week.

The updated version incorporates new touchscreen controls, as demonstrated in a video by Mojang's Daniel Kaplan.

According to Kaplan, the game will be released on the Android market on Thursday, with an iOS version coming "eventually."

The Xperia Play version of the game launched just over a month ago and has been installed between 5,000 and 10,000 times, according to its Android Market page.

"I'm sure Minecraft will help drive sales of the Xperia Play," Mojang managing director Carl Manneh recently told Gamasutra. "It will of course limit the audience [for the game], but it will be a target group very much into gaming."

The PC version of Minecraft has sold over 3 million copies as of August 5, despite still being in beta.

In addition to the aforementioned iOS version, the game is also headed to the Xbox 360, with Kinect motion-sensing functionality.

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Chris Melby
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Cool deal. I'll buy this for my Asus Transformer and here's hoping that it's like most Android apps, so that I can also use it on my Nexus One.

Isaac Chandler
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Awesome! I wonder if this will work on my HTC Incredible. Also I wonder how much this'll be, and if its gonna cost anything, if they have prepaid cards.