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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mobile Game Lets iPhone and Android Users Do Battle

By Samuel Axon

A popular iPhone dogfighting game called Skies of Glory has been ported to Android smartphones, and iOS and Android users can fight one another in real-time — a rare feature for mobile games.

In fact, it’s a rare feature on almost any platform. Most multiplatform gaming experiences have been online games like World of Warcraft that work on both Mac and Windows (Windows) computers, although there have been some exceptions — for example, Final Fantasy XI is playable on the PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox 360, and a few Xbox Live games can interact with their Windows counterparts. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers can’t play together on any existing game, however.

It’s good to know that Android () and iOS games can connect with one another given that the smartphone market will be split for some time. Skies of Glory isn’t the first such game, but it’s noteworthy because it’s one of the most popular iPhone games.

You can download it on the Android Market () for devices running Android 2.0 or greater today, or in the Apple App Store [iTunes link] for iOS devices.