A portable device capable of multiple applications, one of which is a platform for playing games. Mobile phones are the eponymous example of such devices. Distinct from handhelds, which are exclusively or primarily designed for gaming.

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How does one optimize an HTML5 Canvas and JavaScript web application for Mobile Safari?

I've created an HTML5 Canvas and JS game that runs great on a desktop or laptop in Chrome (30fps), but on mobile Safari I only get around 8 fps. Are there any simple tips or tricks to increase the ...
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What's the best phone for game development? [closed]

Yeah yeah I know, best is probably a bad way to phrase this. But I need some pros and cons. I need a new phone and if I'm going to get a smartphone and pay all that money, I better get one that I can ...
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What term is used to refer to iPhone and Android games?

What do you call games developed for Android or iPhone to differentiate them from games developed for other platforms?
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How important is music to mobile phone (smart PDA) games? [closed]

Specifically iPhone/iTouch, Droids, and the new Windows Phone 7? I don't know how to quantify this, or if any research has been done. I am wondering how important the music is to the gaming and what % ...
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Cross platform mobile game design - any options? [closed]

Are there any frameworks or projects that support cross-platform mobile game development? At the moment Titanium does cross platform development, but doesn't support high end graphics APIs, so many ...
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How can I prevent false score reports to global highscore tables?

Browser and mobile games commonly have global highscore tables. It's also common for those tables to contain scores of 2,147,483,647 — where people have figured out the webservice call that ...
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What framerate should I aim for on a mobile phone?

The higher the framerate, the better the game looks, but the faster it drains the battery. What's a happy medium? (I'm making a relatively simple 2D game with sprites moving constantly. I want the ...
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Accelerometer or on screen controls for mobile UI in 3D games? [closed]

I can think of several 2D games which use the Accelerometer successfully, but in my experience as a player, character control in a 3D environment tends to be frustrating. Mostly because a 3D ...
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Should I be using Lua for game logic on mobile devices?

As above really, I'm writing an android based game in my spare time (android because it's free and I've no real aspirations to do anything commercial). The game logic comes from a very typical ...