Nearly every smartphone platform offers a huge assortment of games. Game options range from small, simple affairs to full 3D productions for more powerful phones. The available games depend upon the smartphone's operating system. Some platforms use a single access point for installing games, such as Apple's App Store, while others have more diverse methods and several software repositories. A common element between most smartphone games is the ability to either download games directly to the device, or transfer a game after downloading it onto a computer.
Apple offers the App Store as the only official place to download games for iPhones and other iOS devices. Store access on an iPhone is available from the built-in App Store program for downloading games over-the-air or using a Wi-Fi Internet connection. Users can also browse the store and download games from iTunes. Connect the iPhone to the computer to transfer downloaded games to the device.
Android phones use the Market application, a pre-installed feature of the operating system, to download new games and software. Google also offers Market games from the Android Market website. Users can sign in using the Google account tied to their phone, and install software from the site. The game will automatically install on the phone as long as it has an active Internet connection.
BlackBerry several sources for games. The official BlackBerry App World website features thousands of different games available, mostly for free. Other sites such as CrackBerry and BBGeeks also have selections of games. Some applications install directly onto BlackBerry devices. Download the game's install files from the BlackBerry's browser and run them to initiate installation. Other games come in COD and ALX file format, and need the BlackBerry Desktop Software to transfer the game from a computer onto the device. Download the desktop software for free from the BlackBerry website.
Windows Phone 7 devices have the Marketplace app built-in, allowing for over-the-air downloads of games and other software. The platform uses the Zune PC software to transfer games from a computer to the device. Though the phone won't play Xbox Live games, the pre-installed Xbox Live app allows gamers to sign in and track their game progress and friends from the phone. Older Windows Mobile operating systems use ActiveSync or the Windows Mobile Device Center to transfer games.
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