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Is the Apple iPad the next great portable video game device?

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(Read caption) The Apple iPad. According to Flurry, 44 percent of apps being tested for the Apple iPad are video games.

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The Apple iPad has already been touted as a potential savior for the ailing newspaper industry, a moneymaker for a listless Hulu, and a windfall for book publishers the world over. A new report suggests that a lot of developers think the iPad could be a pretty good gaming device, too – a higher-power, bigger-screen version of the Apple iPod Touch and iPhone.

According to Flurry, a firm that monitors the mobile market, a whopping 44 percent of the apps currently being tested on the Apple iPad are video games. Compare that to the 14 percent share for iPad "entertainment" apps – a relatively nebulous name for a category – seven percent for "finance," six percent for "sports" apps, and five percent for "news."

No word on exactly how many apps that 44 percent encompasses – in an interview with Apple Insider, Flurry VP Peter Farago declined to talk exact numbers. Still, the Flurry report indicates that Apple could be seeking to market the iPad in part as a top-notch gaming device.


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