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29 May 12 GameStop starts selling Android tablets


Video game retailer GameStop has started selling tablets powered by Google’s Android operating system.

The tablets are available now at 1,600 of their stores. Each device is pre-loaded with content including free games, the Kongregate Arcade app and a digital copy of Game Informer magazine.

The retailer will sell tablets from a variety of manufacturers, including Asus, Acer, Toshiba and Samsung. GameStop also sells refurbished models of Apple’s iPad.

The move is part of GameStop’s broader effort to expand beyond selling traditional video game devices and games. Earlier this year, the retail giant started selling used Apple products, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Article source: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2012/05/gamestop-starts-selling-android-tablets/1

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29 May 12 GameStop Pitches Android Tablets to Gamers


As gamers are slowly abandoning their portable consoles in favor of smartphones and tablets, it might come as no surprise that GameStop, the top U.S. games retailer, is now turning to Android tablets to boost sales. The retailer announced a variety of tablets running on Google’s mobile OS are on sale at more than 1,600 of its U.S. stores, from manufacturers such as Acer, Asus and Toshiba.

There aren’t as many games and apps for Android tablets compared to the iPad, so GameStop will pre-load a bunch of free games with each tablet sold, including Sonic CD, Riptide, a free issue of GameStop’s gaming mag, Game Informer, and the Kongregate Arcade gaming app that GameStop acquired.

GameStop’s Android tablets offer starts from $230 for a 7-inch Acer Iconia 8GB tablet, all the way up to $400 for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB and to $500 for an Asus Transformer Prime 32GB. The Toshiba Excite 10 should be available later for $450 and GameStop also stocks pre-owned iPads, starting at $300.

If you’re short on cash but have a pile of old games you’re not playing anymore, you can buy one of these tablets from GameStop with trades of games, consoles and even an old iPod, iPhone or iPad, or use the trade-ins as credit toward the purchase.

Last year, GameStop president Tony Bartel said in an interview the company is considering making its own tablet if it can’t find an Android tablet that is great for gaming. Later in 2011 the company began trialing selling a limited number of Android tablets at some 200 stores, leading up to the latest push of several models across most of its stores.

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Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/256366/gamestop_pitches_android_tablets_to_gamers.html

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28 May 12 GameStop Rolls Out Android Tablets With Pre-Loaded Games To 1600 Stores


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Diversification is the key to longevity. With that likely in mind, GameStop just announced wide-spread availability of Android tablets throughout its chain of retail stores. This comes after a 200 store trial that started last October.

These aren’t ordinary Android tablets, though. GameStop is preloading the Samsung, Asus, Acer, and Toshiba with extra gaming titles such as Sonic CD, Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app and a free issue of GamStop’s gaming mag, Game Informer. Thanks to these extras and with prices that are inline with other stores, GameStop actually has a chance to capture a bit of the tablet market.

GameStop has recently been bulking up its non-game retail stock in a likely attempt to stop the bleeding. While brick and mortar locations still focus mainly on video games, the website offers headphones, tablet accessories, even refurbished iPods and iPads. The company started testing selling Android tablets last October. Today’s announcement states loud and clear that GameStop sees a future in Android tablets even if no one else does.

Article source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/28/gamestop-rolls-out-android-tablets-with-pre-loaded-games-to-1600-stores/

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