Developers id software are about to start porting its ace first person shooter Rage to Android phones, in the latest sign that gaming on Google’s platform may finally be coming of age.
John Carmack, founder of id, announced he is to begin working on an Android port soon via his Twitter feed, but stopped short of committing fully to a commercial release.
He Tweeted: “I am going to take a stab at bringing Rage up on Android soon, but we have NOT committed to a product.”
The company's plans for an Android edition first surfaced when it posted a job ad for a “talented and experienced programmer to help bring our next big Mobile game to the Android space”, but did not name the game.
The news is a further indication that gaming could be about to explode on the Android operating system, which currently lies some way behind the iPhone.
Carmack unveiled the iPhone edition of Rage at the Quakecon gaming expo back in August to a predictably rapturous response - not least because it featured visuals that are easily on a par with the console versions.
The growth of Android as a gaming platform was seemingly confirmed last month when the full version of cultural phenom Angry Birds racked up some three million downloads within a matter of days of going on sale.