Microsoft Windows 7 was first released over a decade ago, and even though it has been succeeded by Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, it's still widely used in enterprise deployments. Google originally planned to stop providing Chrome for Windows 7 starting in 2021, but plans have now been pushed back to 2022.
Windows Phone, eat your heart out. Android is now capable of virtualizing a full and up-to-date Windows desktop operating system. Well, one phone is at least, and it's probably not one you would have guessed: the ASUS ZenFone 2. XDA-Developers forum member ycavan managed to get Windows 7 running on his phone using a variety of custom tools, some impressive technical skill, and quite a lot of patience. Check it out in the video below:
To be clear, this is Windows 7, virtualized, running on a local virtual machine client accessed via the aSPICE KVM client for control. Windows is not being emulated (it's been done with older versions).
OnLive, the company that has already revolutionized gaming is now gunning for making the same kind of splash in OS virtualization. And not just any OS virtualization, but Windows 7 in the cloud, for free - a set of words I never thought I'd write in the same sentence.
Something worth pointing out right off the bat is OnLive's "groundbreaking video compression technology" that is used to stream the Desktop cloud to your tablet. If there's one company that has figured out how to perfect streaming of full-screen media, it's definitely OnLive.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but after trying out every aspect of the app through a relatively slow, Spanish Vodafone HSPA+ hotspot here in Barcelona, I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed.
Typically, I'm not very interested in theming for Windows, and I resist change to my desktop configuration as much as possible. I was convinced today, however, to give it a try with Android Skin Pack 1.0 from Hamed Danger.
Android Skin Pack 1.0 transforms your desktop, disguising the start menu as a notification bar, and adding a launcher dock at the bottom of your screen (albeit with several more icons than its Android counterpart). The pack also comes with a variety of familiar Android icons, a stylish wallpaper, and even spruces up your computer's boot screen.
The theme is a fun tweak for those PC users who have been yearning for a taste of Android on their desktop, and can be implemented using a handy installer package available for download here, and don't worry - if you get tired of the theme, it can be uninstalled easily, and Windows will revert back to normal.
In a world where we carry multiple devices to handle multiple tasks, Aussie manufacturer Evolve III is looking to change the game with its Maestro S and Maestro C tablets. We've all seen dual-boot Windows/Android tablets before, but Evolve III takes it one step further with this dynamic duo and adds Meego to the mix. That's right - a triple-boot setup utilizing Windows 7, Android, and Meego.
In terms of under-the-hood specs, both of these 10.1 inch tablets basically echo one another:
1.5GHz Intel Atom "Oak Trail" processor
2GB DDR2 RAM
32GB SSD (optional 64GB)
2 Full size USB Ports
microSD card slot
1.3MP front facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Optional 3G and GPS
Windows 7 Home Premium
The one downside to both tablets is the screen resolution, as they both run at 1024x600, which is rather small by today's standards.
It's always fun to poke at Android-related snafus that retailers, especially as big as Best Buy, make in their promotional materials, and today is one of those days.
Android Police reader Marc forwarded us an email from Best Buy Canada sent to Canadian customers yesterday that shows this impressive Asus Tablet PC, powered by Windows 7. Except, it has an Andy peaking out from behind and is clearly running a build of Android (it's not Honeycomb or Gingerbread by the looks of things and resembles Éclair).
Surely, that's probably incomplete information and this tablet exists in 2 flavors or dual boots Android and Windows, right?