Android is arguably Google’s bread and butter, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t want their other products to succeed. We’ve seen a big push from Chromebooks recently, especially in the low end market, and during the back-to-school shopping months it looks like that push paid off for Google.
Chromebooks made up 4.5% of all PC sales during the back-to-school period, which is up from 3.3% in 2013. It still holds a small chunk of the sales compared to Apple’s nearly 27% and Microsoft’s 68%, but the future for Chromebooks looks bright when you notice that Windows laptop sales were down from 72% and have been falling for a couple of years now.
We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.
The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.
A recently uncovered bug in Chrome showed that Google’s browser was unnecessarily using too much battery on laptop computers due to the way Chrome handled PC processors when it was idling. Chrome sets the processor tick rate at 1 millisecond, even when it’s just sitting in the background not doing anything, which can cause up to an extra 25% battery drain on some hardware. Other browsers, like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, keep the CPU tick rate at the default 15.625 milliseconds when it isn’t doing intensive tasks.
BlueStacks and AMD have announced they have reached a new milestone in their collaboration to bring the Android OS experience to Microsoft Windows based devices, including notebooks and desktops. Unlike previous versions of BlueStacks, which was an “app player” the latest update offers the ability to run the full Android OS on AMD powered devices. This means users will also be able to take advantage of the computing power available via direct access to those resources. The new BlueStacks will run Android within a virtual environment instead of requiring users to reboot and choose which operating system to use. This is seen as an advantage over Intel’s implementation on several devices.
If you purchased Humble Bundle 8 for the “above average price,” you’re about to receive three new free games. If you didn’t get the game-pack before, you can still get it if you pay above $4.31. The original pack included 6 games, so the current 9 games are pretty much a steal at the current price.
The games include Solar 2, The Bard’s Tale, and Bad Hotel.
Looking to support charity? Go ahead and get the pack if you already haven’t!
Source: Humble Bundle
The Spotify app on Android recently received an update. It isn’t a big one, but you’ll see that there are newly designed login and signup pages, as well as image galleries and play counts in the artist section.
Both the PC and Mac versions have also been updated, but feature a much different interface than previously seen. It’s darker, and artists now have circular avatars. There don’t seem to be any new features, though. If you haven’t received the update yet, expect to get it soon. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new desktop version as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.
The folks over at Humble Bundle have launched the seventh installment of their popular game-pack series, and this time, it has six games included at release. The team tends to add more games in updates as time goes on.
Probably the best part of it all is that you can name your price. That’s right, you can decide whether you want to pay one cent or a hundred dollars, and also decide how the money is allocated— it can go to charity, or to the Humble Bundle team.
Playing games for a good cause? I’m all in for that.
The pack comes with four games, and if you pay over the average price, you will get two extra games thrown in. Catch the titles and a video after the break.
The team over at Humble Bundle has been working hard to put together packages of games for users to enjoy, for whatever price the user wishes to pay. Every game works on Android, as well as Windows, Linux and Mac OS. The cool part about it is that you can allocate the money you spend to different organizations, charities, or even support the Humble Bundle team themselves so that they can continue putting out cool packages like this one. Hit the break for the list of games included in ‘Humble Bundle with Android 6′.
In a move that is sure to become a trend, Acer is due to announce a new all-in-one computer running Android (presumably 4.2 Jellybean) sometime next week.
The computer will house a 3GHz Core i5 4430 “Haswell” processor and 1GB of RAM, with storage options as small as 8GB. We can expect to see more similar outings from other PC manufacturers soon as they announce systems based on Intel’s Haswell and Bay Trail chips. Intel has also hinted at low-priced Android laptops running these chips later in the year.
It’s no secret that our use of apps on mobile devices have taken off to unprecedented heights. As you might expect, some individuals have pondered the idea of running actual apps on our desktops as opposed to our phones and tablets. That’s why the gang at BlueStacks created their App Player which allows you to run your Android apps on a Windows-based desktop. We previously highlighted BlueStacks was looking for beta testers, but the development team has followed-up and ressurected the program in its beta form and will be looking for individuals to give the program a shot and see how it works out for them.
BlueStacks features some solid technology in order to power the various Android apps. The App Player will feature BlueStack’s patent pending LayerCake technology to make applications run buttery smooth as if on ARM devices. In addition, the development team has enabled hardware acceleration— ensuring your apps will run at an optimal level when the option is enabled.
The App Player is available for anyone interested with a Windows-based PC. You’ll need to visit their homepage and sign-up as a beta tester in order to get the file needed to run on your computer. As an added bonus— BlueStacks is including a couple of sweet apps pre-installed including Fruit Ninja, Evernote and of course Angry Birds Space. If you have a Windows PC, make sure you all sign up— but first hit the break to find the presser and the signup links.