Are you looking to run Android applications on your PC? If you don’t know how, then you haven’t heard of BlueStacks.
BlueStacks, which makes software that lets users run Android apps on their desktops, laptops and Windows tablets, has reached the 10 million user mark in just over a year. Possibly even more impressive is that 4.2 million of those users started using the software in just Q1 of this year. CEO of BlueStacks Rosen Sharma also notes that active usage has increased exponentially, which in many ways is a more important metric to determining success of a product. BlueStacks is now being used in over 100 countries, due in part to the fact that it is now pre-installed on many manufacturer’s devices. source Android Central
Now don’t get too excited, it isn’t the full Android experience ported to PC. From the time I spent with the application, there is no home screen, syncing didn’t work the way I had expected it to, no “direct” access to Google Play, and I was unable to login to Facebook, I gather that is because BlueStacks isn’t supported with the Facebook API as of this time. If they fix these issues, and make it more akin to what we are used to seeing, including full syncing capabilities, a lot more people may be inclined to use it. I know I would.
All in all, it’s a great step forward, and the creators say that the biggest apps to be downloaded are the games, so maybe it’s not so much for the user experience, but for Android gaming, which has exploded onto the scene in the last while.]]>
The options that stand out to me are the 2600 mAh battery, that should carry a user 24hrs on medium use, and the octa-core processor (depending on market). 8 cores is nice, but what will you really use it for? My Dual Core Snapdragon processor is perfectly fine, I would hope that Samsung utilized the fastest storage memory possible, or the phone will still lag. With this aside, the phone will definitely sell, Samsung has the American market, Apple, your days on top are numbered.
I for one am running a rooted and unlocked bootloader HTC One XL, and I love it. Although I haven’t quite jumped on the Jelly Bean bandwagon, no one in XDA Dev has managed to port Sense 4+ to Jelly Bean yet… hurry up guys! Sense is one of the main reasons I have an HTC One X and not Samsung Galaxy S3… either way, onto what the article is about, Android 4.2(still named Jelly Bean) though it has many new features…
The new version of Android will include a new keyboard feature that allows for swipey-style typing, much like Swype, and the upcoming Flow for SwiftKey.
Miracast Wireless Display Support
4.2 will support Miracast, an AirPlay-like service. This means you’ll be able to stream YouTube videos, movies, TV, and anything that’s on your tablet screen to an HDTV if you have a wireless display adapter. Who needs a Nexus Q, right?
Just like your laptop—and Microsoft Surface—Android 4.2 devices will now be able to support multiple user logins. Each user can have their own home screen, background, widgets, apps, and games. It even keeps things like game-save progress and high-scores separate. The update will also use multi-tasking to keep programs running in the background to make swapping users snappy.
Photo Sphere Camera
Like a beefed up panaromic camera, Photo Sphere will let users do exactly what the name implies: take spherical photos. You can even add these spheres to Google Maps, which could make for some pretty cool crowd sourcing.
Interested? Want to know more? Head on over to the source article…]]>
Seems like we are a go for worldwide updates on JellyBean!
My Asus Page is alive with updates of JellyBean goodness!
And for the unlucky fellow on top, I am sure it will arrive shortly, keep checking for the update!
Have you started the install yet? Make sure to let everyone know how it is on the Unofficial Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Page.]]>
This is great news for HTC fans, finally JellyBean OS! This is actually quite fast considering the fact that not too many companies have released the OS for their phones.
According to MoDaCo founder Paul O’Brien, the upcoming EE UK HTC One XL will ship with Jelly Bean, as will the rumored One X+ — a refreshed version of the Tegra 3 version said to sport higher clock speeds. Around the same time, existing One X and One XL devices will get bumped up to Android 4.1, MoDaCo claims. source AndroidCentral
I have been running my phone with “Clean OS” its a ROM that takes out all the bloatware and all those fun Rogers apps that no one uses. The above link is to his latest creation that I am not running, I am thinking of just waiting for the JellyBean OS official. I am sure he will also release a trim and slim version of JellyBean “Clean OS”. From what I hear though, JellyBean is going to be awesome! If you need assistance feel free to contact me.
Well we knew this would happen soon enough, and Nikon is the first, I think, to release a camera that is Android based. Using WiFi, users can download and run applications directly from the Google Play, we all know there are hundreds if not thousands of applications out there just to modify pictures, so you will have the ability to touch up pictures before uploading them to Facebook or Instagram etc.
Here is an insert from Nikon’s webpage.
Introducing the first COOLPIX that’s also an Android™ smart device. All the imaging power of a Nikon—superior optics, telephoto zooming, a high resolution image sensor and much more, meets the endless possibilities of the Android™ OS and Wi-Fi connectivity. Create exceptional photos and Full HD videos, then edit, style and share them easier and faster than ever before.
The camera comes in black or white and its MSRP is 379.95 CDN.
Android is going to invade many spaces. I have already seen car stereos with Android based operating systems, although most of these devices are Gingerbread based, so I am not in a hurry to go out and buy one, but it goes to show that mobile operating systems are much more efficient and will take less work for manufacturers. They can concentrate on building the hardware while Android and QNX build the software. Yes I said QNX, we all know BlackBerry 10 already runs in Porsche and military robot surveillance, its only a matter or time before they get into everyday devices other than just the BB10 phone. Anyways, back to the camera. I think that the Nikon COOLPIX s800c will suite many peoples needs. So why dont you go check it out. Click here.
I for one am intrigued, to have everything at my fingertips, more so for “Surface” to home PC, but you get the point. Apple did it backwards, flood the world with iPhones, then make everything work together. Finally Microsoft is catching up, and that’s a good thing.
Read the rest of the story here.]]>
The best thing about the Galaxy S III? That it’s more than the sum of its parts. Individually, the slightly larger and better display, stronger processor and faster camera may not sound that special, but in daily operation they score major combo points: gathering up all the best bits of the older Galaxy S II and re-working them into a solidly modern (read: mid-2012) device. The power- and storage-hungry Android user simply cannot go wrong with this purchase, and neither can those looking for a great camera.
The worst thing about the GS III? No matter how hard it tries, it just isn’t greater than the sum of the HTC One X’s parts. That’s not to say it falls short, but merely to emphasize that times have changed since last year’s Galaxy S II, which landed on an unsuspecting world that was largely devoid of predators. The Snapdragon variant of the One X has similar computing power, battery life and photographic credibility, but it also has a much better user interface that sticks more closely to the guiding ethos of Android 4.0. The One X also has a more forward-looking physical design, while the GS III clings to the tried and true styles of old. Perhaps the biggest sacrifice you’d make by going for the One X over the GS III is the loss of the cheap storage offered by the microSD card. That’s a painful thing to give up, but given how deeply we feel about the need for Android to move forward and not get stuck in a Gingerbread-flavored groundhog day, we might just take the hit.
Read the rest of the review here.]]>
The Post-PC Era Is Here
Go here for more information and a video explaining just what VMware Octopus really is.]]>
The HTC One X is pitted against the soon to be release Samsung Galaxy S3.
There is a great hands on video to watch, amazing battery information on the One X. and also a link to the full article. Head on over and see who wins!]]>