Wikipad

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Wikipad
Wikipad Logo, small, Sept 2012.jpg
Developer Wikipad, Inc.
Type Tablet
Release date June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)
Introductory price US$249
Operating system Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean"
CPU 1.4 GHZ Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S quad-core
Storage 1GB internal, 16GB flash, microSD expandable up to 32GB,
Display 7" IPS panel touchscreen, 1280x800 resolution, 16:10 ratio, scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass screen[citation needed]
Graphics 12-core GeForce ULP GPU
Controller input Detachable
Connectivity Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0
Online services Google Play, PlayStation Mobile

Gamevice (previously Wikipad) is a Los Angeles, US based tablet and tablet peripherals manufacturer specialising in gaming products marketed to gamers.

The debut product was the Wikipad 7, a proprietary Android tablet hardware engineered for mobile gaming featuring a detachable controller. The Wikipad dropped the android tablet and came to market with a peripheral only product which supported the Apple range of mobile phones and rebranded under the name of Gamevice. The Gamevice is available worldwide through Apple stores and retailers.

Wikipad was founded by James Bower, Matthew Joynes and Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR) with an aim to bring console fidelity gaming control to the tablet and mobile phone market.

In August 2017, Gamevice filed a patent lawsuit in California against the Nintendo Switch for alleged patent infringement.[1]

Wikipad 7 Overview[edit]

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 10, 2012, the Wikipad was shown with both a 2D and a 3D a glasses-free 3D-enabled device, although 3D is no longer mentioned on Wikipad's website.[2] In May 2012, Gaikai, a Cloud gaming service which Sony acquired a month later in June 2012, partnered with Wikipad, Inc. to integrate its streaming service to the tablet.[3] On September 26, 2012, Wikipad's president of sales, Fraser Townley, said that mobile and cloud gaming streaming service would be the new norm and replace the present structures around game buying.[4] Wikipad eventually launched successfully in 2013 at a price of $249 with the same specifications as the 10 inch tablet but in a 7-inch form factor.

Wikipad announced Gamevice for ODM manufacturers to bring mobile console gaming to all OS platforms for smartphones and tablets.,[5] and a Game Mapper tool to automatically map all touch screen controls to the included hardware, allowing such games as FIFA 14 (EA), Mortal Kombat (Gameloft) and Call of Duty (Activision) to be played using the integrated controller.[6]

The Wikipad features an included detachable controller with standard controller D-pad, triggers, buttons and dual analog sticks.[7] The controller is a dock that allows the tablet to slide in and lock, so the device retains the form factor of a standard tablet.[8]

Hardware[edit]

Wikipad
Price: US$199 (Launch price: $250)
SoC: Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S[9]
CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore (ARMv7-A architecture)

NEON Advanced SIMD extensions and VFPv3 floating point unit

GPU: Nvidia GeForce ULP @ 520 MHz

Hardware 1080p MPEG-4 AVC/h.264 40 Mbit/s High-Profile, VC1-AP, and DivX 5/6 video decode

Screen 7 inch touchscreen IPS LCD, 1280 x 800 (216 ppi)
Memory (RAM): 1 GiB
Ports: 1 microUSB, 1 Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
Internal storage: 16 GB eMMC flash memory
Networking and Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Sensors: 16 megapixel front camera, ambient light, compass/magnetometer, accelero!
Size: 11.26 x 5.71 x 2.57 in (controller attached)
Weight: 1.68 pounds (controller attached), 0.71 (tablet only) [10]
Battery 4100 mAh, 8 hour average battery life [11]
Operating system: Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) shipped with Android 4.1

Reception[edit]

The Wikipad was given a 4 and 5 star rating by Consumer Tablet Reports in 2013 placing the tablet in the best buy category, compared to its much larger competitors HP, Samsung, and Dell.[citation needed]

Eurogamer praised the design and open nature, but noted the lack of compelling Android games and launch price.[12]

IGN gave the Wikipad poor reviews taking into consideration the lack of games in its library, flimsy construction, and software that was considered dated, even at the time of the device's release. It concludes that "The Wikipad is a mostly failed attempt at turning an Android tablet into a gaming handheld." [13]

An aggregation of reviews done by Engadget shows the average review score of the Wikipad to be 59/100.[14] Most reviewers praised the concept of a tablet built for gaming, and the ability to remove the controls was well received. While the design of the tablet was generally viewed as positive, many found the build quality to be lacking. Due to the delays in manufacturing, the Tegra 3 processor was also viewed as "last-gen" compared to the newer Tegra chipset Nvidia had announced before the final launch of the Wikipad, in the end the Tegra 4 release was ultimately delayed and Nvidia apologized to Tegra 3 OEM.[citation needed]

Lawsuit[edit]

On 9th August 2017, Gamevice filed a lawsuit in California court against Nintendo, alleging their Switch device infringes on patents taken out for the Wikipad 7. The suit calls for damages and asks for a ban on sales of the Switch.

None of the features the Switch allegedly infringes on are actually present in the released version of the Wikipad 7 but are considered by Gamevice as derivative. Neither company has given very many details on the court case as of yet. [15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gamevice, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. et al". insight.rpxcorp.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  2. ^ WikiPad ties up glasses-free 3D with games controls all in a happy Android ICS package
  3. ^ Tweet (2012-05-02). "Gaikai partners with Wikipad tablet | GamesIndustry International". Gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  4. ^ OnLive and Gaikai functionality still on board for Wikipad
  5. ^ Robert Nelson. "Wikipad Gamevice controller teased for Android and Windows 8". SlashGear. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Wikipad drops to $199 in the U.S., adds game control mapping tool". Android Central. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Features". Wikipad. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Wikipad announces detachable mobile controller, Gamevice". Polygon. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Specs Revealed for Tegra 3 Armed Cloud Gaming Wikipad". tegrazone.com. 
  10. ^ Kevin Parrish. "Wikipad Gaming Tablet Now in Production". Tomshardware.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  11. ^ Sawh, Michael (2013-08-29). "Wikipad 7: Performance, Battery Life and Verdict". Trustedreviews.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  12. ^ McFerran, Damien (2013-09-15). "Wikipad review •". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  13. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/09/04/wikipad-gaming-tablet-review
  14. ^ "WikiPad 7-inch review". Engadget. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  15. ^ "Nintendo faces lawsuit over the Switch's detachable controllers". Engadget. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 

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