Gyro Skate: An Android app that involves tossing your phone around, literally

Gyro Skate: An Android app that involves tossing your phone around, literally
Everyone does it right? Tossing and flipping your $500-plus smartphone around in an effort to mimic the flips and swings that a skateboarder might do on his or her ticked-out deck.

Gyro Skate, developed by a German programmer and graphic designer partnership in their spare time, is an app that leverages the hardware gyroscope in your late model Android smartphone, and basically scores just how rad you are flipping and spinning your smartphone like a skateboard might if it were under the feet of someone capable, like Tony Hawk.

To that end, the app has a really big disclaimer before you can even begin playing the game. The game offers you visuals of how to toss your precious in the air just like a skateboarding trick. Of course they admonish you to do so over a cushion, or a bed, but with great risk comes great reward right?

Originally, the app was developed for iOS, but Apple would not let such a potentially iPhone-destructive app anywhere near iTunes, so they re-made it for Android. The app definitely works with the Nexus 5, but the developers say it is a “no-go” for the HTC One. There is a free demo available to try before you buy the full featured $1.99 version.  That way, you can see if it works on your phone or not.

Have fun, but don’t say we didn’t warn you if you shatter your device while in the middle of pulling off a rad trick like the 360 flip over concrete. Links to the app in Google Play, along with images and videos are below.

sources: Gyro Skate (Google Play) via TechCrunch



1. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Is this article about apple walled garden versus google android free pasture?

2. Zero97

Posts: 37; Member since: May 15, 2014

did that on nokia 1100 (ofcourse without app and safety) ;)

3. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

they should make a skateboard like case for phones ( cases with wheels) that ultra protects the phone and you can ride it with hands playing this game!

8. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

That is a freakin' awesome idea. Please patent that before someone else does and please invite me to help! Can't believe that's not already a thing!

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Time for my S4 to do some flippin. I dont want my new Sony phone to be scratched...for the moment. S4 rocks, literally!

5. Hashed unregistered

So now apple decides on behalf of it's users and customers if the game is safe and appropriate or not? apple really believes their customers are brainless? that's a slap on the face for your rights as an owner, it's an infringement on your constitutional rights. It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous. (Jackie Chiles)


Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

its apple man. the user doesn't matter.

7. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

So I have to pay to probably mostly destroy my phone? :'D

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