Recall the impressive demo we saw at CES 2012 with the Onlive Desktop in action? Well, it’s finally made its way to the Android platform. Sharing your PC desktop with your tablet is about to get a whole lot easier.
OnLive® Desktop is a service that provides a seamless, no-compromise, instant-response cloud-based PC desktop, wherever and whenever you want it. OnLive brings to your Android tablet a high-performance PC experience, regardless of the content, even when interacting with fast-action media.
• Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
• Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
• Interact with lag-free animation and video
• Works with most Bluetooth keyboards and mice (left-click only)
The technology works in part due to Onlive Inc’s groundbreaking video compression technology. “OnLive harnesses the power of cloud computing to deliver a seamless, no-compromise remote PC desktop solution.” For more information, head on over to the Android Market where you can download the application or sign up for free if you don’t already have an account. Feel free to let us know what you think of the service in the comments below.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300T has gracefully passed through the hands of the FCC, and you know what that means. It means it’s likely we’ll be seeing the device pretty soon. We’ve been seeing tidbits of the device trickle through the pipeline for a while now and we’re highly looking forward to getting our hands on the more budget friendly, yet high spec’d tab soon. The FCC approved the WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities so it’s only a matter of time before it ends up in the hands of the masses. The devices is being touted as a cheaper alternative to the Prime and will house Nvidia’s highly coveted Tegra 3 CPU. In addition, the device will run Android 4.0 ICS, sport an IPS display, house 16GB’s of internal storage and come with an 8 mp camera. We’ve received no word yet as far as priceing and availability goes so stay tuned as we dig for that info.
Verizon G-Nex owners feeling the brunt of the LTE battery drain wars fret not, your savior is here. Seidio has finally made available their 3800 mAh “Super Extended Battery” for the Galaxy Nexus. And for those who’ve hesitated to make the jump to any type of extended battery in fear of losing your NFC capabilities need not worry. The company has also incorporated NFC into the device. The battery will run you about $75 bucks but offers you more than what the Razr Maxx is giving you. Here’s what Seidio has to say:
When you can’t get to an outlet, our Innocell Super Extended Life Batteries will keep you moving forward. Our Extended Life Batteries utilize premium Japanese cells to ensure the highest levels of safety and performance. Super Extended Life Batteries can offer up to 100% more battery life than your stock battery.
And obviously, your slim G-Nex is now going to have a little “junk in the trunk” but hey, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind and to run free all day without wondering where the next wall outlet is. If you’re ready to fork over the cheddar you can head on over to Seidio’s site via the source link.
MWC was full of twists and surprises this week and the action below is no different. While taking a break from fighting crime, the Dark Knight and his female counterpart Batgirl took some time out to get down on the floor and jam to some music. A couple of suave Android robots jump in and start dancing as well. What happens next is nothing short of bold and awesome. The Android robots swoon Batgirl into dancing with them and leaves Batman in the dust, which prompts him to throw a small fit and separate her from the Android robots before any further shenanigans happened. Talk about Android being attractive… sheesh. Check out the comical video in its entirety below to see why the Android robots are the biggest studs at MWC.
Did you plop down $299 for a DROID RAZR last year only to watch the DROID RAZR MAXX release a few months later? The DROID RAZR MAXX is identical to the DROID RAZR except for the battery and thickness. I don’t think most people realize how “ahead of the curve” Motorola was by sneaking a 3300mAh battery in a device that’s only 8.99mm thick.
If you own a DROID RAZR with RAZR MAXX envy, there is a possible solution for those that like to tinker. XDA member Ward05757 was able to successfully replace the DROID RAZR battery with the RAZR MAXX battery. Of course things like this always come with a con don’t they? Upon installing the thicker battery in your DROID RAZR, you will now have a gap in the SIM card door and the battery cover which will make it weaker to water and dust. Water05757 says it isn’t as bad as it looks though
Obviously we have to warn you that by trying this, it could cause damage to your phone which could negate your warranty, but if you’re looking for a project for this weekend, you might want to check this out. Hit the break for one more pic and source link to get started.
Monkey I-Brow Studios just released a unique physics-based puzzler titled Elastic World. The goal of this game is simple: hit the stars with the ball. But the way you actually accomplish that is by expanding and collapsing “jelly” shapes to make the ball bounce in different directions and heights. Sounds weird but is actually pretty quick to pick up. It ends up being an exercise in getting the timing just right as the ball bounces on your jelly shapes.
The game gets progressively more challenging as you compete against the clock. The quicker you can hit the stars, the better you are ranked.
More bad news for PC makers. Business Insider Intelligence released their latest forecast of global smartphone sales, and the numbers are staggering. Recently, smartphone sales surpassed PC sales for the first time, and this year smartphone sales will nearly double PC sales. More amazing, however, is that BI Intelligence predicts that by the year 2016, smartphones will exceed 1.5 billion units sold worldwide.
For comparison, last year there were only 350 million PCs sold, and the total number of mobile phone handsets sold (smart AND dumb) totaled 1.7 billion. Right now, smartphones make up only 10% of all handsets sold. As prices decline, nearly 5 billion existing dumb phones will be getting replaced by smartphones.
The following chart speaks for itself.
Right around this time last year, Major League Baseball released MLB At Bat 2011 for Android. Today, baseball fans, the MLB.com At Bat 2012 app is available in the Android Market as a single app for both phones and tablets! Actually, two versions of the app are available… one is free, the other is $14.99. Here are the differences:
MLB.com At Bat Lite (free)
- Customize At Bat’s home screen to feature your designated favorite team.
- Favorite team icon home screen widget for one-click access to your favorite team’s At Bat 12 homepage (only available for Android phones)
- MLB icon home screen widget for in-progress scores around the league
- Follow batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game
- Breaking news, schedules and interactive rosters and players stats for every team
MLB.com At Bat 12 ($14.99)
Comes with everything above PLUS the following:
- Listen to available radio broadcasts of Spring Training games
- Enhanced video library archive, searchable by player, team or keyword (only available for Android phones)
The apps are currently set up for Spring Training, but MLB promises that “additional features and functionality will be released in an update that will be available before Opening Night (April 4).”
Check out the gallery of screen shots and download links after the break.
Yesterday we showed you a couple of Google’s MWC recap videos that highlighted on just a few of the awesome things happening in the Android booth at this years Mobile World Congress. Just a couple hours ago, Google released day three’s recap video and it focuses on some of the more important aspects of Android and its path that is ultimately paving the way for our beloved operating system. Matias Duarte touches a bit on Android design and the cool looking UI wall they designed to give developers inspiration on the touch and visual experience for future ICS applications. You will also see developers discuss Android Beam, the benefits it already has and the endless possibilities for future development. Check it out. Pretty cool stuff.
Those of you familiar with app publication on the Android Market should surely be familiar with the Application Statistics. For those that aren’t, they are tools that help developers tune their development and marketing efforts to better appeal apps to you. Application Statistics shows your app’s installation performance across key dimensions such as countries, device models, platform versions, etc. Well the folks behind Android are beefing these analytics up even more with newly added metrics, new ways to analyze data and a newly redesigned UI that’s easier to use.
With the new installation metrics you can now see your installations measured by unique users and by unique devices. Active installs, total installs, daily installs and uninstalls can be viewed for user installations while active installs, daily installs, uninstalls and upgrades can be seen for device installations. But they don’t stop there as they are adding two new data dimensions —Carrier and App Version. This will allow you to track your app’s installation trends across mobile carriers or the ability to monitor launch metrics of specific app updates.