I have no problem admitting that I see absolutely no practical use in running Android on a desktop PC. Still, I have to give credit where credit is due – WindowsAndroid is just downright neat. In a nutshell, it's a not-so-creatively-named project from a company called Socketeq that aims to run Android natively within Windows. That means without emulation.
So, how is this possible? With hard work, determination, and a small bit of fairy dust – that's how.
Way back in December 2011, Sony began releasing 'alpha' developer ROMs for some of its phones being upgraded to Android 4.0. Then it released beta ROMs that did slightly more stuff. Now it's done the same with Android 4.1 for the Xperia T.
These ROMs are developer-facing in every sense of the word, though, and aren't intended as a way for power users to get early access to the next version of Android.
The lads at the Android Open Kang Project have been busy expanding the 4.2 version of their custom ROM, thankfully expanding on the three officially supported devices in the initial release. For Build 2, all four major US variants of the Galaxy S III are supported (but not the international version), as well as the Nexus 7 3G, and the Nexus 10 for good measure. Flash-ready ROM files are available on the AOKP website for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 WiFi as well.
After more than a month of unofficial CyanogenMod builds, the HTC Holiday (also known as the Vivid, Raider, or Velocity) has joined the ranks of devices with official CM support, receiving its first weekly CM10 build earlier today. It's not yet clear when or if the Holiday's build cycle will transition to a nightly schedule.
At the time of writing, the build's known issues involve Bluetooth Audio skipping, hardware video playback, tethering, and the inability to record video in 1080p.
Take everything you know about mobile browsers today and throw it out the window - that's the premise of Opera's new 'Ice' browser, set to debut publicly at MWC next month. Before I even get into what it is that makes Ice so cool, watch this video of the brief demo at Opera HQ:
The premise of Ice is simplicity. No unneeded menus, no unneeded buttons, and no wasted space.
Tired of living in TouchWiz's Crayola nightmare on your AT&T LTE GSM Galaxy Note II? CyanogenMod to the rescue yet again - official nightly builds have landed, based on CyanogenMod 10.1. This build will work with the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy Note II's in the US, and international versions of the Galaxy Note 2 LTE that are compatible with GSM carriers. Specifically, models GT-N7105, SGH-I317, and SGH-T889. This build will not work with the international Note II 3G (GT-N7100).
Since day one of availability, everyone's question about the Nexus 4 launch has been - in essence - what went wrong? Well, a lot of things. But number one on that list has been the very limited supply of phones available for purchase.
Recently, LG's head of mobile in France Cathy Robin was interviewed by French publication Challenges, shedding some light on the availability issue. Now, you could read a Google translation, but we all know how that goes - things get lost.
Sony's CEO, Kazuo Hirai, speaking to Bloomberg, had this to say.
"We basically are out of the feature-phone business and in the Android-based smartphone business ... We are more in toward the high end of the market as opposed to trying to get into the commoditized portion."
The official OTA update to Android 4.2 for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus has just hit Google's servers, and you can grab the build (GA02) right now. Here's a direct download link, originally found on XDA. Sextape at SXTP Developers posted yesterday indicating that a leaked version of this build would end up as the final OTA release. Here's the detailed build info:
Google unleashed a handful of updates to various apps this afternoon on the Play Store, though don't get too excited - none are particularly groundbreaking.
YouTube for Google TV
Most significant was an update to Google TV, which brings the app to version 1.6, adding a 'simplified player screen,' and the ability to send YouTube videos from your phone or tablet directly to your TV.