For now, only users of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play are really getting anything resembling a traditional video gaming experience on their smartphones (unless your idea of classic gaming involves rubbing your thumbs on your TV or picking it up and tilting it from side-to-side), but it looks like that’s all about to change. Google’s Romain Guy just announced that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will support USB gamepads, letting the rest of us get in on the action.
Guy notes the support is in Ice Cream Sandwich, and confirms it will definitely work on the Galaxy Nexus. You’ll obviously need an adapter to get the full-sized USB connector on your gamepad plugged into your phone’s Micro USB port, but that’s a small price to pay for having access to some solid, responsive gaming controls.
We’ve heard about efforts similar to this before, letting wireless PlayStation controllers work on your Android phone, and Honeycomb has been able to pull this kind of thing off on tablets, but this will mark its arrival as a feature built-in to Android for smartphones.