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.
A platform that is highly portable. Use this tag when you have a question about developing games for a mobile device platform in general.
Advances in technology have led to both the improvement of the generic mobile phone and the invention of multiple new mobile devices for other purposes. Computers and consoles are bulky to carry and setup, while laptops tend to be subpar for standard computer games. As such, mobile games are developed for the moving gamer to be able to enjoy a good game at any point of travel. They are typically optimized for the smaller design and power of a mobile device.