We reckon Window is on an absolute winner – they’re banking on it – with it’s new line of smartphones. Gizmag’s James Holloway has an übercool hands-on review of the new Nokia/Windows Lumia: More from CES 2012, Sin City, where we’ve briefly had a chance to get familiar with the Nokia Lumia 900, the Finnish corporation’s sacrificial offering at the increasingly cluttered LTE altar to the gods of 4G. The Windows smartphone features a large 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and seven hours of talk time, according to Nokia. First impressions? Really rather good, actually. With its announcement, the Lumia 900 becomes the central prong to the Lumia trident of Windows smartphones (between the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800), with which Nokia hopes to address its collapsing market share.
Browser based gaming, while being fun they are commercial gaming’s poor cousin. Google is single handily changing this with a new updated Chrome, giving Chrome the ability to surf games. While working with the web is still Chromes daily bread Google is working hard to allow Google to run games at full speed. Native Client is Google’s new technology aimed at achieving this, gaming that combines the ease of use of browser games with the speed and detail of full commercial games.
Browser games are currently ruled by Flash, Java, HTML and CSS, which realistically has never had the speed or functionality to compete with commercial games. That’s not to say that browser gaming doesn’t have advantages. Browser based games win hands down when it comes to quick setup time and ease of use. With no applications to install, online accounts to setup or security keys to enter browser games are the king of quick play. Read the full article »»»»
Android and Windows may not be a match made in heaven, Google and Microsoft haven’t been seen in the same room together for a long while after all. As it turns out the children of the two 900 pound gorilla’s may look good enough together, enough so that one company has given it a shot.. BlueStacks is that company and their software allows you to run Android software on Windows tablets or PCs.
Billed as a way to make real tablet software available for Windows tablets. BlueStacks may be on to something here, until Microsoft release Windows 8 for Tablets and software for it appears Android applications have the advantage of being made for a touch screen world, running standard windows apps on a tablet has been possible for 30 years – GRIDPad released 1989 – but it has never taken off because a tablet and desktop PC are two very different beasts.
BlueStacks is clever but there is another way to run Android applications on windows. As part of Google’s developer pack there is an Android emulator, it’s a tad slow as it’s designed for working in the development environment. The Google developers tools won’t ever be suitable for everyday use, but they rate a mention as they are easily accessible and cheap.
Applications are available for download through the Amazon Android app store, other third-party app stores can also be used. The Android OS appears to function exactly the same as the phone or tablet versions. Updates are even downloaded and updated as they become available.
BlueStacks offers instant start-up of Android applications and fast switching between windows and Android desktops.Those of us lucky enough to have a multi-monitor setup can enjoy Android on one screen while windows fills the other display allowing for some flexible multi-tasking.
While BlueStacks isn’t actually on sale yet we can sign up and join the Alpha team via a button on the website and get in on the ground floor.This isn’t software for everyone but it does open up some interesting options. Microsoft and Android, now what kind of freakish love child would that lead to.
Buddha’s Brother out…