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Using a gamepad in Android

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I've recently had the pleasure of messing about with some of the codelabs created by the Google Play Games team to demonstrate their functionality. At the same time, I also got my hands on a rather fun Moga Pro game controller, which can connect to Android phones and tablets via Bluetooth. Getting the two to work together was actually very easy, so I just wanted to note down a quick example for anyone trying to do something similar!When it comes to the gamepad input itself, there are a couple of options. Moga, along with other controller suppliers, have their own SDK to download and integrate. However, to get something going you don't really need that at all - the standard human interface device functionality in Android SDK level 12 and above includes support for gamepads and game controllers.From this point of view a gamepad is just a series of keys and joysticks. By default, once a pad is paired with an Android device, interacting with it causes events to be sent to the appl…