In December last year while Sports Interactive were preparing to launch Football Manager on iOS devices, when asked if the game will be available on Android, Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive answered saying that they are considering the possibility.
“Well there’s a problem with the Android platform at the moment. I’d love to be on Android but the market has historically been so fragmented. I actually saw some interesting stats last week that at long lost the latest versions of the OS are now showing at least 50% of penetration which is something that wasn’t the case three or four months ago.”
The evaluation and consideration period has expired today when Sports Interactive issued a press release announcing the availability of Football Manager Handheld for Android starting on Wednesday, April 11th. So football fans get ready to start managing your own teams because there are 12 leagues to play and many players to transfer.
Check the press release below for the whole breakdown!
LONDON (April 5th, 2012) – The world’s most popular sports management game is about to meet the world’s most popular mobile platform, as Sports Interactive and SEGA proudly announce the launch of Football Manager Handheld™ for Android on Wednesday, April 11th.
Football Manager Handheld, which is already a massive success on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, has been designed to bring all of the highs and lows of the greatest job on earth to mobile devices. Taking the hot-seat at any club from a choice of leagues in 12 countries, the player assumes full control of transfers, training, tactics and managing the team live during match-days – a job which can be tackled in either short, commute-sized sessions or in mammoth sittings on the sofa.
The Android-equipped manager can choose to pursue an entire career in a particular country’s league or face up to the handheld-exclusive ‘Challenge Mode’ which offers a particular short-term scenario with a clear goal to be achieved. Whichever mode is chosen, the manager will deal with real-life situations involving real players, as researched by Sports Interactive’s huge global scouting network.
Football Manager Handheld for Android will be initially be available through the Google Play store, priced at just £6.99. It is likely to become available through a variety of other Android app stores over the coming weeks.
“Since the first release of Football Manager Handheld for mobiles a couple of years ago, the most asked question on social networks has been ‘When is it coming to Android?’,” says Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. “Now, we can reveal the answer.”
The 12 countries with playable leagues in Football Manager Handheld for Android are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Wales. The game can be played in four languages; English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Football Manager Handheld for Android has been designed for Android devices using OS 2.2 and above (please check on the Google Play store for a full list of compatible devices).