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Running Android On HP TouchPad With CyanogenMod

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

“While a $99 TouchPad running webOS is a pretty good deal on its own, some buyers shelled out for the discounted tablet in the hopes that hackers and developers would eventually figure out how to run Android on the HP device.

While PCMag’s mobile analyst Sascha Segan warned against this, and efforts to put the popular Google mobile OS on the TouchPad have had mixed results, the developers behind CyanogenMod this week showed off a very early version of its software running Android 2.3.5 on a TouchPad.”

Google Chrome To Become A Gaming Platform?

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

“Video gaming is a big topic for web browsers as well as HTML5, but there are few enthusiast gamers who are taking this scenario serious. Can a Joystick API and a 3D Client change the perception?

On Friday I noticed that Google is heavily pushing New Game, a game developer conference that is focused on HTML5-based gaming content – and, of course, content that runs in web browsers.

The fact that such an event already exists and that there is game content being developed in HTML5, is quite stunning by itself.

However, Google also noted that a sandboxed native client (NaCl) with 3D (in addition to 2D) will be available in Chrome soon, which will allow the browser to connect to traditional C and C++ code via its integrated Pepper API.”

Blackberries To Run Android Apps?

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

“Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), seeking to boost the appeal of its BlackBerrys and revive slowing sales, plans to enable models expected next year to run applications built for Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system, three people familiar with the plan said.

BlackBerrys that run on RIM’s new QNX software will be Android-compatible, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the effort isn’t public.

RIM has said it plans to introduce QNX phones in “early” 2012.”

Samsung, LG Abandoning Android To Shift To South Korean OS?

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

“Some nations have their own drinks, some stand out with their local customs, but South Korea might be the first one taking pride not only in its kimchi and K-POP, but a government sponsored mobile OS, rivaling Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS.

The nation houses tech giants Samsung and LG, which will drive development of the new operating system. The project is expected to kick off by the end of the year.

“We will forge ahead in developing a new kind of operating system, which is being seen as a next-generation product, in order to build the kind of advantage we do not enjoy in the market for smartphones and tablet PCs, which is dominated by Google and Apple,” Kim Jae-hong, deputy minister at the Ministry of Knowledge Economy announced at a press conference.”

Replace Your Stock Android Apps With These Better Alternatives

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

“Pure Android is great, but not all of its stock apps are. MaximumTech shows you which apps are most lacking—and the best replacements for them.

Many people love the vanilla Android experience. It’s smoother, faster, and a lot friendlier when it comes to over-the-air (OTA) updates, but it can also be a little lacking when it comes to certain functionality.

That’s exactly why OEMs put custom interfaces on their Android devices. Samsung has its Touchwiz; HTC has Sense; Motorola has MotoBlur; and the list goes on.

Fortunately, Android lets you customize just about every aspect of your device through the use of apps, and we’ve got a great list of apps to strengthen the weak points that come with an unadulterated version of Android.”

Google Buys Motorola. Why?

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

“Google’s announcement today of its planned Motorola Mobility acquisition may come as a surprise to some, but Moto’s dedication to producing Android handsets, along with its recent $56 million Q2 net loss and comprehensive patent portfolio, make this a logical next move for Mountain View’s search giant.

Operating independently — for the near-term, at least — both companies will cooperate to grow Android, while Google claims that it will remain committed to its other partners as well.

So what will this mean for Google and the future of the smartphone industry as a whole?”

Run Windows On Chromebook With Citrix

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

“Google’s Web-based Chromebooks can now access Windows desktops and applications through Citrix’s virtualization technology, thanks to a new app released this week.

The Citrix Receiver Tech Preview for Chrome OS, available on the Chrome Web Store, is a free client app for businesses that use Citrix virtualization to host desktops and applications in the data center.

Citrix Receiver was already available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and BlackBerry, letting users access virtual desktops and applications from just about any computer, tablet or smartphone. This week’s addition brings the same technology to Chromebooks, addressing a key limitation in the devices, which force users to do all their computing within Google’s Chrome browser.”