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How To Install and Run Kodi On Windows PC

There’s a substantial amount of people talking about Kodi and what it can offer you as far as the media experience goes. It can be fairly complicated to download on devices like the Fire TV, NVIDIA Shield, etc, but it’s pretty straightforward as far as downloading it and getting it running on the Windows PC goes.

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Today, we’re going to show you and take you step-by-step on how you can easily download Kodi on your Windows PC for free. Be sure to follow along below, and we’ll get you up and running in just a few minutes.

Installing Kodi on Windows

Installing Kodi in Windows 10 is super straightforward. All you need is the installation wizard or .exe file downloaded. Once it is, it’s as simple as double-clicking the .exe and following the installation instructions.

To start, you’ll need to go to the Kodi website and to the Downloads page. You can get quick access to it here. You’ll have to choose which platform you’re download for, and since we’re trying to get it running on Windows, you’ll want to click the Windows icon. It’ll give you an option to download it from the Windows Store or to download the .exe directly. We suggest the latter, but if you’re on Windows 10 S, you might be forced to use the Windows Store option.

Once downloaded, open up the .exe and follow the installation process. It should be ready to roll on your PC in just a couple of seconds. Once the full install is complete, we recommend restarting your PC before continuing.

The Kodi application should be available on your desktop. Double-click it to open the application, and you’ll notice that it’s working perfectly. You’ll also notice that it’s pretty bare bones and there’s not a whole lot going on with it. That’s where Kodi addons come in. Kodi addons are user-developed “plugins” that allow you to extend Kodi’s capabilties by offering you all types of content — TV shows, movies, radio stations, etc. The content caries from addon to addon, but for the most part, you should be able to watch all of your favorite shows that air on TV with a good Kodi addon.

So, how do you install a Kodi addon? If you follow along below, we’ll show you how you can start adding addons to your Kodi install. It’s a little more complicated that installing Kodi itself, but if you follow the instructions, it should be a breeze.

Installing a Kodi addon

To install an addon, launch the Kodi app. In the top left corner, you’ll see a button that is the Package Installer. You’ll want to click it.

Next, click on the link that says Install From Repository. From here, click on Kodi Add-on Repository and then Video Add-ons. Now, we’re at a place where we can view a bunch of different video add-ons that can be installed to your Kodi client. You can select any of them, but for our purposes, we’ll select the live TV add-on, USTVNOW.

Click on USTVNOW, and then the Install button. This can take a bit of time, depending on how fast your Internet connection is; however, once it’s finished and ready to be used, you should see a notification that says USTVNOW Add-on Enabled or something similar to that.

To access our newly installed addon, you’ll want to head back to the Kodi home page. You can select the Add-ons tab from the left-hand navigation column. This will take you to all of your installed addons. To start using USTVNOW, it’s as simple as clicking on the addon and browsing through the content available. Select anything you’d like to watch!

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VPNs

It can be dangerous using Kodi, so it’s always good to use a VPN to privatize and encrypt your browsing and streaming data. Since many addons get their content from illegal websites, there are chances that you could get a warning letter or copyright infringement letter. So, it’s always good to be extra careful with a VPN.

Not only that, but a VPN can make it easier to stream content. A lot of ISPs will slowdown your connection based on what you’re doing (i.e. streaming Netflix), but a VPN will make it so your ISP can’t see what you’re doing, and thus, cannot slow down your content. So, you may see a streaming speed increase with a good VPN.

Verdict

As you can see, it’s super easy to get Kodi installed on your PC, and getting addons installed within Kodi isn’t difficult either. If you’re looking for a handful of good addons to download to Kodi, be sure to check out our post on the best Kodi addons for Windows PC.

WhatsApp now has its very own desktop app for Windows and Mac

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One of the world’s most popular IM clients, #WhatsApp, is now available as a standalone application for Windows and Mac machines. Previously, users were limited to using WhatsApp on the browser via WhatsApp Web, but this new addition makes it more convenient for users to communicate with one other on their computers.

The app is free to download and is currently available from WhatsApp’s official website. This will make lives that much easier for the customers when they’re not near their phones to check or respond to a message. Users can perform a wide range of functions directly from the app such as changing the display image, initiating a new conversation, creating groups etc.

While functionality is mostly similar to the browser version, there’s no denying that this will simplify usage to a great extent.

Interested? Make sure you hit the link above for more details. If you have already downloaded the application, let us know how you like it.

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Source: WhatsApp Blog

Galaxy S6 Edge can’t be detected by computers, other issues

S6 OTG

One of the attractive features on an Android device over other platforms is its easy accessibility, especially when connected to a personal computer or Mac. The #GalaxyS6 is no exception. It’s almost like a plug and play device that you can connect to a computer. But sometimes, even this feature gets complicated. Below are 2 cases of a situation where an S6 fails to establish USB connection to a computer.

We also add 3 other issues (and their solutions) that you may find helpful

  1. Galaxy S6 not connecting to Windows PC
  2. Galaxy S6 Edge can’t be detected by computers
  3. “TURNED OFF BY ADMINISTRATOR, ENCRYPTION POLICY OR CREDENTIAL STORAGE” error on Galaxy S6
  4. Galaxy S6 fingerprint lock not working
  5. Galaxy S6 USB charging port issues

If you are looking for solutions to your own #Android issue, you can contact us by using the link provided at the bottom of this page, or you can install our free app from Google Play Store.


 

Problem #1: Galaxy S6 not connecting to Windows PC

Hi. I’m having trouble connecting my Samsung Galaxy S6 (Verizon version) to my PC. I can’t seem to connect it so as to use it as mass storage. I can’t access its available storage. I can’t transfer music, photos, etc. from my laptop to my phone. Is there a specific reason why I can’t connect Samsung phones to a PC?

My girlfriend had an S4 and we couldn’t connect it to our PC. She just got another S4 and it can’t connect to our laptop either. I recently got an S6 and it can’t connect. I downloaded yesterday a “Samsung driver” (not sure about the details of it but I tried downloading it and installing it twice). PC shows notification on the tool bar that its “connected successfully and ready to use” or something to that extent, but when I open the Windows folder it doesn’t appear as connected to the PC. So it connects but doesn’t really connect, lol, do you get me?

Please help. Big thanks. — Jair

Solution: Hi Jair. Please follow our suggestions in this post to fix the problem. If the issue persists, make sure that your Windows PC is fully updated and has a good working USB port. Also, try using Samsung Kies or Smart Switch if nothing works.

Finally, make sure that USB debugging option is enabled on the device. To do that, simply go to Settings>Developer options>USB debugging.

If developer options is not yet enabled on your device (it is disabled by default), you can turn it on by going to Settings>Device Information>Build number. Once you are in the build number section, tap it about seven times until you get the “developer mode enabled” message at the bottom of the screen.

Problem #2: Galaxy S6 Edge can’t be detected by computers

Hi. By now this problem should be very common for you guys to get ask about it but, i can’t find any other solutions on the net.

I have an S6 edge that can’t be recognized by the PC or Mac.  I tried everything — all drivers, Smart Switch, Kies, different pc’s and mac, different cables,  debugging mode on and off , but nothing worked. I even changed the entire USB-dock of the phone thinking it was faulty by a new one but it’s the same thing (not recognized) and by the way the phone can’t “rapid-charge” both on the old and new usb-dock’s.

I tried the same aukey fast charging adapter on another S6 and it worked. my last hope now is the battery. I know it may sound a little bit ridiculous but the battery has been exposed too much to the sun so it bumped up and pushed the back cover of my s6 edge so i thought maybe somehow it’s because of this incident  that the phone is not recognized by the pc , and that it couldn’t get the “rapid-charging”. (Note: that i have never connected the phone to a pc or had a rapid-charging adapter before the battery incident,  so i couldn’t know if the phone worked on the pc or could rapid-charge before or not “when the battery was ok”).

am going to replace it (the battery) in 3 days from the sending date of this email and see what happens but please if you have a solution just let me now as soon as possible

Thank you very much ! — Maher

Solution: Hi Maher. You have already tried the only solutions that we suggest for this issue so there’s only a simple logical cause for the problem — hardware failure. The fact that the battery is damaged at this time should be one good reason for you to consider getting the phone repaired or replaced. We can’t think of other explanation why your S6 won’t connect to a computer unless there’s a hardware issue behind it.

Rapid-charging or fast charging issue can sometimes be caused by poorly implemented power management system by the OS so you can try factory reset to bring all settings back to default.

Problem #3: “TURNED OFF BY ADMINISTRATOR, ENCRYPTION POLICY OR CREDENTIAL STORAGE” error on Galaxy S6

I have my phone locked and unlocks with a typed in password, I want to shut this off and either have “none” unlock password or have it just been a “swipe” unlock.

But I’m unable to choose either choices, it says under “Swipe” and under “None”,  “TURNED OFF BY ADMINISTRATOR, ENCRYPTION POLICY OR CREDENTIAL STOREAGE”.

I’ve tried turning off the 3 apps that were on under administrator settings and turned on the 2 that were off. I did this one by one and also tried doing this all at once and I was still unable to choose Swipe or None.

I don’t have very much tech experience so please for give my inexperience.

Thanks for your help in advance. — Chris

Solution: Hi Chris. Go to Settings > More > Security > Clear Credentials and make sure to delete all credentials. This should give you the option to create a new type of screen lock.

Problem #4: Galaxy S6 fingerprint lock not working

All of a sudden I am having trouble unlocking the screen. When my screen is black, I try to turn it on and the screen lights, stays for about a second then goes black again. This happens about 3 times before everything actually works. Recently my phone will not bring up the “finger print” unlock. I have it set for finger print and have a finger print saved. But when I try to open my phone, I don’t have an option for finger print. It’s a swipe to unlock. So anyone can unlock it, there is no security at all. I have tried restarting, soft reset, changing the security to another method and resetting it to finger print. I really want to keep my phone locked with the highest security. Please help. — Mandee

Solution: Hi Mandee. Please clear the cache partition by following these steps:

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  • Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  • Press the Power key to select.
  • When the wipe cache partition is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.

Deleting the phone’s system cache forces it create a new one. If this procedure won’t fix the problem, do a master reset. Here’s how:

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys together.
  • When the device powers on and displays ‘Power on logo’, release all keys and the Android icon will appear on the screen.
  • Wait until the Android Recovery Screen appears after about 30 seconds.
  • Using the Volume Down key, highlight the option, ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and press the Power key to select it.
  • Press the Vol Down button again until the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted and then press the Power key to select it.
  • After the reset is complete, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the Power key to restart the phone.

Problem #5: Galaxy S6 USB charging port issues

Charge port seems to be experiencing false detections. Turned on it goes through “Charging, Docked, Not charging, incompatible charger”.

It started this morning when i booted it up after dying in the night and Oculus app started on its own. From there on i figured it was just a bug and i had remembered seeing the file for it in my documents so i preceded to delete it. Then it got worse after trying this multiple times and started doing as stated above.

It even burnt out a wall adapter (thankfully i had another) to where i cannot even use to charge other devices. I then started to go through google and found some people with similar issues saying it was the fast charge feature or the charge port being dirty. So i cleaned that up and tried it again with no avail. In fact it started to occur more often to where i could barely perform any tasks uninterrupted.

I then shut her off and left unplugged or about 30 minutes and after coming back fearing it would happen again i turned it on and all seems ok for now. Also did a full factory reset to get rid of the Oculus issue. So all seems well for the moment but i would like your input as to why this may have happened.

As with all new tech it comes with bugs so perfection should not be expected outright, I mean i love my S6 and all Samsung in general. I figured if anything i could give a somewhat in depth description as to what happened so it may help you and others decipher this problem in the future.

Thank you and as stated if you know of any fixes i may have overlooked for future happenings of this occurrence your input is very much wanted. — Joseph

Solution: Power management in a Galaxy S6 is governed by the operating system. Sometimes, power-related issues may be due to faulty software or an operating system bug. At other times, power problems can also be due to bad hardware like a defective USB port or other components in the logic board. Just like other handheld electronics, a Galaxy S6 has a very weak self-diagnostic feature so all it does when faced with unforeseen problems is to show an error message that barely identifies the real cause. We know for instance that a defective USB port on one Galaxy S6 can show different set of symptoms when compared to another S6 with the same exact problem. As it is, it is really tricky to know for certain what the true problem is from a technician’s standpoint if he or she doesn’t know the full history of the device, or if no troubleshooting has been done. Right now, there’s just no way for us to know what exactly is wrong with your device unless we can physically check it ourselves.

As a general rule of thumb though is to perform all the basic software troubleshooting first like wiping the cache, booting in safe mode, or performing a master reset. If nothing changes or if the issue remains after doing software troubleshooting, that’s the time to start considering a possible hardware trouble.

We’ve written a short explanation about similar issue in our previous post. Try checking it out to see if helps.

 


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Best Android hybrids, convertibles, laptops and multi-purpose PCs

They said Android is limited. Impractical to use on a larger than 10-inch screen. Worthless with physical keyboards, and utterly inoperable on “full-on” computing machines. They scoffed at the idea of mainstream Android laptops, which was filed under megalomaniac fantasies from overly imaginative, reality-disconnected nerds.

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Well, we showed them. And by we, I mean a handful of visionaries that left no obstacle get in the way of unlocking Android’s true potential. Sure, Google’s “mobile” OS is still light-years away from becoming a Windows challenger in the PC décor.

But the first steps have been made, and most often than not, what comes next is far easier. One thing leads to another, and boom, before we know it, we’ll start viewing Android smartphones as abnormalities.

Asus Transformer Book Trio

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, and stay in the present. A present where Android aficionados have a bundle of hybrids, crossbreeds, convertible devices, full-fledged laptops and PCs to choose from.

Here are a few of the top options, arranged in no particular order as comparing them wouldn’t really be fair. They’re each different and unique, and they’ll all contribute to a better, more diverse tech tomorrow:

HP Slatebook 14 – available at $430 on Amazon

The freshest of our magnificent seven, HP’s Slatebook 14, finally began shipping earlier this week after months of making the rumor rounds and slowly building hype. The first full-fledged, non-convertible Android laptop in history isn’t half bad in terms of processing power and battery life, but suffers in the RAM and storage departments.

HP Slatebook 14

With an estimated 9 hours of continuous juice on a single charge, the Slatebook can outlast most Windows 8 rivals around, however the 16 GB SSD is minuscule. Ditto for the 2 GB RAM. Thank God for Full HD screen resolution, touch technology and Tegra 4 oomph, although we must say, we’re disappointed to see gadgets, especially pioneering ones, debuting with pre-loaded Jelly Bean in August 2014.

Asus Transformer Pad series – starting at $196.50 on Amazon

Look, we appreciate HP’s courage and its healthy marketing push for what’s ultimately an extremely nichey product, but the Slatebook 14 could have never happened were it not for Transformer Pads. These neat tablet/mini-laptop mongrels planted the seed in the minds of everyday Android buyers and manufacturers that maybe, just maybe, you can incorporate the best of both worlds into one versatile device.

Asus Transformer Pad

Several years after the inauguration of the Transformer Pad line, the hybrids are doing better than ever and cater to the needs of more users than ever, covering multiple price points and ranges. The cheapest TF Pad is $196.50 (the entry-level 2012 TF700T without a keyboard docking station), whereas the costliest is $534.99 (the 32 GB TF701T-B1 bundle).

In between, you have a $289 TF103C-A1 tablet/keyboard bundle, and a $310 TF300T-B2 slate-only option. Meanwhile, docks can be had at $85 (in red), $100 (white/champagne), and $120 (blue), for the TF300T family, or $140, for the TF701T.

Asus PadFones – as low as $0.00 with AT&T contracts

Android’s versatility isn’t striking only when talking tablet/laptop hybrids, and smartphone/tablet transformer devices may actually be more impressive and handy for present-day tech consumers. Besides, the possibilities of the PadFone line are limitless, as first-gen gizmos proved back in the day.

Asus PadFone X

Before the laptop part of the ensemble makes a comeback, the most intriguing PadFone around is the X, comprised of a 5-inch Full HD handheld and 9-inch FHD tablet. It’s not the punchiest PadFone ever, but it’s one of the most affordable, going for nada with AT&T pacts and $599.99 outright.

Alternatively, you can score the lower-end PadFone mini combo at $543 free of any contractual obligations, or $729 the Padfone Infinity 2 phone only, which you can then bundle with a $79 station dock. Yeah, no, the PadFone X is still the best option.

Lenovo Yoga – $206 in 8-inch flavor; $238 for the standard 10 incher; $350 for the 10 HD+ version

I have a dream. That one day, Lenovo, probably the all-around heavyweight Windows convertible champion, will deem the Android market as important and alluring and bring all of Yoga’s magic over to the Google camp.

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Some of it is already here, courtesy of this 8-inch/10-inch pair, but fancy advertising talk aside, the “multimode” tablets are only that: tablets. The built-in kickstand is neat and all, but it’s no detachable keyboard. That said, if you want to buy an Android Yoga, don’t be chintzy, get the $350 model. It’s got a breathtaking Full HD display, beefy quad-core Qualcomm chip, and, yes, 18-hour battery life.

And if you care to spend a little extra to turn it into a laptop, $44 buys you a nice, spacious, light Bluetooth keyboard cover.

HP Slate 21 all-in-one – $349

As much as I love Android (and I do, to death), I must admit, it’s pretty pointless on a gigantic AiO. Unless you keep this baby around as a backup computer. Or you don’t do much on it. Of course, there’s always the option of rocking it as a tablet, but that’s even stupider crazier.

HP Slate 21

So why am I “recommending” the Slate 21 in the first place? That’s the thing, I’m not. I’m just signaling it exists, and hoping Android can evolve up to the point it can do all the things Windows 8 can on a 15, 17, 21-inch touchscreen. Fingers crossed.

Asus Transformer Book Trio – $965

In a way, all gadgets on this list are, or started out, as experiments. But the Transformer Book Trio has that experimental vibe written all over it. Google officials themselves are skeptical about the whole Windows/Android dual-booting concept, so I can’t see it going anywhere in the future. Near or distant.

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But hey, in case you want to own something that people will believe was never possible in ten years, the Transformer Book Trio is not that expensive. Not for a device that pulls triple duty, as an 11.6-inch Android tablet, Android laptop and Windows laptop. With Intel Core i5 heat, 4 GB RAM (in laptop mode), and Full HD screen resolution.

HP Slatebook 10 x2 – $370

Basically an Asus Transformer Pad clone, the Slatebook 10 x2 (such an uninspired name, by the way) somehow refines and polishes the 2-in-1 concept, looking much better and feeling much natural when used as a 10-inch mini-laptop.

HP Slatebook 10 x2

The keyboard is beautiful, state-of-the-art, productive and functional, and it can attach and detach to the tablet body at the flick of a switch. Under the hood, you also get plenty for the sub-$400 price point, a Tegra 4 chip and 2 GB RAM included, and the display is Full HD. The Achilles’ heel? Aging Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Come on, HP, step your software support up and fulfil your destiny as Android’s biggest innovator.

Huawei makes a U-turn on its plans to launch a dual-booting handset

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Dual OS or dual-boot devices have been debated in lengths before. While it’s practical for the user to have a device which will boot into Windows or Android whenever they want, the people who provide the software don’t quite see it that way.

Some days ago, a Huawei official made it public that the company plans to launch a dual-boot Android/Windows Phone handset by Q2 of 2014. But now the company has backtracked from those claims, clearly due to pressure from either Google or Microsoft. A company spokeswoman has categorically claimed that the company has changed its plans since the official made those claims last week.

Google was never happy with this concept to begin with as we’ve seen several dual booting tablets go missing mysteriously. The recently launched ASUS Transformer Book Duet will probably see the same fate. Huawei claims that it will continue launching Windows Phone handsets for Microsoft until there’s ample demand. The manufacturer is already committed to Google as all its new flagships run Google. So this appears to be a classic case of trying to keep both Microsoft and Google happy, which is probably what the company needs to do to survive in the mobile industry.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Via: WM Poweruser

Google reportedly not happy with dual booting Windows/Android hybrids

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According to Taiwanese reports, Google isn’t very open to the idea of its partners launching tablets or notebooks which dual boot Android and Windows side by side. It is said that the company has made its opposition known to ASUS which announced such a hybrid at the CES in January. This also explains why Samsung’s Ativ Q tablet from last year was ditched without even reaching the markets. At the moment, only Intel’s x86 chips support dual booting devices, so there are certain hardware limitations for the manufacturers as well.

It is said that the folks at Mountain View don’t want Android sales to boost Microsoft’s market share, which is exactly what would happen if the manufacturers were to launch hybrids in the future. This report from Digitimes however, doesn’t explain how this could affect dual booting smartphones which are believed to be in the making for quite some time now. Let’s hope Google goes easy on its restrictions as the market would benefit greatly from a device which has the functionality of Windows and the versatility of Android.

Source: Digitimes

New Windows Malware Attempts To Infect Android Devices

Remember the good old days when a malware only threatened the operating system that it was infecting? Times have changed as hackers are finding devious ways to infect Android devices by first targeting the Windows operating system. The concept is that when an Android device is connected to an infected Windows computer the Trojan installs a mobile banking malware on the connected phone.

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This is a new way of spreading malware on Android as the most commonly used methods are social engineering or fake apps hosted on third party markets.

Symantec researcher Flora Liu, said in a blog post that “We’ve seen Android malware that attempts to infect Windows systems before. Android.Claco, for instance, downloads a malicious PE [portable executable] file along with an autorun.inf file and places them in the root directory of the SD card. When the compromised mobile device is connected to a computer in USB mode, and if the AutoRun feature is enabled on the computer, Windows will automatically execute the malicious PE file.”

“Interestingly, we recently came across something that works the other way round: a Windows threat that attempts to infect Android devices.”

The latest threat discovered is called Trojan.Droidpak which drops a malicious DLL (also called Trojan.Droidpak) on a Windows computer and registers it as a system service which allows it to be active even if the system is rebooted.

Once the Trojan exists in a computer it then downloads a configuration file from a remote server which contains a malicious Android file called AV-cdk.apk. The Android Debug Bridge is also downloaded which is needed to execute Android commands connected to a PC.

The Trojan will then execute the command “adb.exe install AV-cdk.apk” repeatedly so that if an Android device is connected to the infected computer it will install the AV-cdk.apk file silently on the device.

The good news is that this malware has limitations as it can only infect an Android device that has its “USB Debugging” setting enabled.

USB Debugging is commonly used by Android developers or those who wish to root their device and install a custom firmware.

Symantec has identified the malicious Android file that is being installed as Android.Fakebank.B which tricks users into thinking that it is an official Google Play application. It even uses the name “Google App Store: and uses the same icon.

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Liu says that the malware targets online bankers in South Korea. “The malicious APK actually looks for certain Korean online banking applications on the compromised device and, if found, prompts users to delete them and install malicious versions. It also intercepts SMS messages received by the user and sends them a remote server.”

One of the best methods to protect against this malware is to turn off USB Debugging when not needed.

via symantec

AMD Brings Android Support To Windows Through BlueStacks

AMD and BlueStacks have announced that they have collaborated together to bring Android to Windows. This comes just days after Intel’s announcement that it will provide a way to make Android run from within Windows. AMD however might have the upper hand as its latest processors will include an ARM chip, the same architecture that Android apps use, making it possibly more efficient.

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The previous version of BlueStacks was an app player however this new technology to be used will be able to run the full version of Android on an AMD device. AMDs version will allow Android to run in a virtual environment which is different from Intel’s implementation which requires users to switch between both operating systems.

According to Steve Belt, corporate vice president Product Management at AMD, “Windows and Android are both mature operating systems, each satisfying the needs of millions of users. Users whose devices and preferences span the two ecosystems no longer have to face device-specific restrictions on the benefits of one ecosystem or the other because AMD and BlueStacks have created a seamless user experience between the operating systems.  Now users have access to all the apps — games, communications and content consumption — they love on their Android mobile devices right at their fingertips, while getting important productivity tasks or high-end PC gaming accomplished on their Windows PC.”

Some of the key features of BlueStacks running on 4th generation AMD processors are as follows

  • The same Android interface such as settings, customizations, and controls
  • Can run Android apps at full screen resolution with the help of direct access to AMD graphics
  • Supports hundreds of thousands of apps from the various Android app stores
  • Seamless interoperability allowing Android apps to access files in the Windows system

Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks, said that “We’re working with AMD to build the next great PC and AMD’s industry-leading hardware allows for a more flexible experience with Android apps on the PC for end-users. AMD shares our vision of Mobile Plus in providing users with easy access to their favorite Android games, mobile apps and productivity tools from all their devices and moving towards a more open/shared ecosystem.”

via gizmodo

ASUS posts video teaser for its upcoming dual boot Windows+Android tablet

ASUS dual boot tablet

ASUS dual boot tabletASUS’ Windows+Android dual boot tablet made its way to the FCC earlier this month. It seems like this tablet isn’t far away from launch as the manufacturer has posted a new video teaser. Although it doesn’t give away a lot of hints, we can see the Statue Of Liberty changing its color from what appears to be light blue to green (Windows to Android). This is an obvious giveaway of what’s to come, and the video ends by asking viewers to watch the livecast of ASUS’ event on the 6th of January through its website. There’s not a lot to learn from the teaser apart from that, but the fact that we saw an FCC listing earlier this month of the same device confirms ASUS’ plans. The company sent out event invitations couple of weeks ago mentioning that it is In Search Of Incredible, so this tablet could well be it.

This could prove to be a game changer if it is launched in major global markets along with key Asian regions and we’re sure ASUS is mindful of that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1frsVBzJVdM

Source: YouTube

Via: Engadget

Dual boot ASUS tablet with Windows and Android 4.4 makes its way to the FCC

ASUS Dual Boot Tablet FCC

ASUS Dual Boot Tablet FCCASUS has a history of launching or steadying itself to launch pretty stellar devices. The likes of the Nexus 7 and the ASUS Transformer tablets come to mind. And a new FCC filing suggests that the company will continue to launch such devices, this time a dual boot Windows/Android tablet. The FCC filing reveals a tablet which can dual boot Windows 8 along with Android 4.4 KitKat. There are three model numbers mentioned in the listing (M82T, L82T, and R82T), which could be region specific or different models of the tablet. The tablet appears to have a 3,910 mAh battery and claims to be running on either the Intel Bay Trail Z3740 0r the Z3770 processors. There’s also a 7 inch display with no word on the resolution yet and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The tablet is far from being officially announced by ASUS, so we won’t jump to conclusions just yet. To make matters more confusing, there are six other model numbers of the tablet attached with this one (three each running Android and Windows respectively). We will know shortly if ASUS plans to make this dual boot device public, but the fact that it has a 7 inch display makes us slightly less optimistic as it is supposed to run Windows as well.

Source: FCC

Via: Phone Arena

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app coming to Android later this month

Microsoft Remote Desktop

Microsoft Remote Desktop

The Remote Desktop team at Microsoft have announced the feature’s availability on Android and iOS, which means that users on the two largest mobile platforms in the world will soon be able to control their Windows machines using smartphones and tablets. Currently we have plenty of third party clients which serve the same purpose, but the launch of an app directly from Microsoft will pretty much make them obsolete. Microsoft claims that this app will launch later this month, but refrained to give out a specific date of arrival. This app will reportedly bring support for Windows 8 as well, along with the flurry of gestures which it brings. One tiny glitch however is that this service would work only if you’re on the same home/office network as the computer. 

This can be considered the softening of Microsoft’s stance against leading mobile platforms, which have been fairly negative over the past few years. These apps will be offered for free apparently, which is another bonus for Android and iOS users. We’ll keep a keen eye on the Google Play Store to check for the app’s availability. In the meanwhile, you might as well prepare to ditch whatever third party client you’re using right now to make way for Microsoft’s offering.

Via: SlashGear

The Race to the Bottom: Information is the Key to the City

The next innovative step in mobile technology is information. He who can easily provide access to the most information will rule. This post is a fourth of a series, the first of which is at this link.

What has been necessary for the success of a mobile operating system has been having a large number of apps. It is why Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS have such a tight lock on the market. If you go back a couple of years, when the laptop or desktop was still your primary internet tool, you did not need all that many apps. Outside of your work, playing games, editing photos, instant messaging, and similar tasks, you probably spent 95% of your time on your personal computer on one app: the Web Browser.

The web browser was your portal to the internet. It made printed encyclopedias and dictionaries obsolete. It reduced your reliance on, and for many, has replaced newspapers and magazines. These printed sources of information provided static information. Information which was correct, close to the date of publication. The Internet provided you with up to the minute information. But when we started reducing our reliance on our personal computers and moved over to mobile devices, many left one important thing behind: reliable 24/7 internet connectivity. So all of a sudden we started downloading offline dictionaries, the CIA Factbooks, collections of cooking recipes, and a lot of informational publications.

If someone were to conduct a study, I think they would find a correlation between the number of apps  person has installed and internet connectivity. Those connected to the internet 24/7 will have less apps on their devices than those who rely on mainly on WiFi. What for open one app to look for the meaning of the word, and another to look for a recipe or a third to get information on some place of interest, when you can simply click on a magnifying glass icon and type, or speak, what you are looking for. A lot of apps on the Google Play or Apple App Store were designed to give offline utility to our mobile devices.

In a way, as we made a step forward in terms of mobility, we made a step back in access to information. This fueled the creation of the large app markets. In turn, this also resulted in the creation of apps that aggregate information from various sources like the highly popular Flipboard. No one really wants to have to go through one or two dozen apps per day, when one app will do. As more users avail of data plans and the available speeds increase, our reliance on a larger number of apps will be reduced.

GoogleNow

There will be no need to have plenty of apps to access information. You will have one super app which will be as dominant as the web browser was to your desktop. Actually, this super app already exists, in its nascent stages. Apple calls it Siri. Google calls it Google Now. Microsoft has christened its version, Cortana. These virtual assistants are the modern day web browser being able to provide you with audio or visual feedback, depending on what is more relevant to the situation. These apps are contextually aware of your location and can provide location-specific information.

It does not mean there will be no money to be made in mobile. There will be. Many of you have already seen how Google Now will alert you that you have to leave a meeting earlier than planned because of traffic conditions. These little reminders will cover more areas over time. Banner ads which we would see in our web browser will be replaced by discrete notifications from your phone that a shoe store nearby is having a sale. Based on your searches and payments made through your online phone, the smart little virtual assistant on your phone, tablet or piece of wearable technology will have a pretty good idea of what you like. Your device will remind you that it is time to have your car’s oil changed, and subtly add that XYZ service center just a mile away is offering 50% off on oil this week if you service your car there. When buying the new shoe or paying for the service done on your car, instead of reaching for your wallet, you grab your smartphone instead.

Smartphones and tablets which are today launched in lavish events and cheered on like rockstars, will become commoditized. In the same way that personal computer hardware became commonplace and boring, smartphones and tablets will get to this point. The latest and the greatest becomes less relevant each year. Buyers will be less willing to part with their money for the premium priced models, when a much lower cost unit will do. Large established manufacturers will be under more and more pressure from companies willing to accept lower margins. Yes, it will be like the PC industry, where margins per sale have diminished and old players like IBM and HP have moved or are moving away from hardware and more into services.

While Apple and Google, directly or through their partners happily extol the benefits of the latest hardware and publish app store numbers, take a look at their recent investments.  Microsoft despite what seem like almost insurmountable odds refuses to quit, even to the extent of entering hardware manufacture directly. These three are already gearing up for the business of providing more convenient access to information, easier payments and access services.

The smartphone and tablet manufacturers have really been in a race to the bottom, no matter what anyone may tell you. All this did happen after all, not so long ago.

 

Intel’s 2014 roadmap leaked, reveals big plans for the mobile segment

Intel Silvermont

Intel has made attempts to barge into the mobile industry with its smartphone chipsets and processors, but has failed to make a mark. We only know a handful of smartphones running on Intel based processors which is evidence to the fact that there’s still more work to be done. This is exactly what the company is believed to be doing according to its 2014 roadmap which has now leaked out.

The roadmap suggests that Intel will be launching the 22nm Merrifield processor for smartphones at the end of 2013. This chipset will apparently bring improved battery life and a 50% boost in performance compared to the Clover Trail+ processors. Intel will then follow this up with Moorefield within the first two quarters of 2014 and then launch the 14nm Morganfield in Q1 2015.

Focusing on the tablets, Intel will launch the 14nm Cherry Trail chipset in Q3 2014 with samples shipped to manufacturers by the end of 2013. The chipset features a Gen 8 GPU and will be based on the Airmont architecture. This will be followed by the 14nm Willow Trail chipset in Q4 2014 featuring a Gen 9 GPU and Goldmont architecture.

Intel is holding an event from September 10-12, where the 22nm Bay Trail and Bay Trail-T processors based on the Silvermont architecture are set for an unveiling. The Bay Trail-T is a tablet oriented chipset which will apparently sustain eight hours of continued usage (battery) and have decent standby times as well. These chipsets will be compatible with both Windows and Android, so Intel doesn’t have to be on the mercy of Android OEMs. Intel’s goal will be to convince manufacturers to shy away from Qualcomm and NVIDIA’s offerings to adopt its chipsets.

Source: Digitimes

Via: Android Community  

HP Bodhi Emerges with Android 4.2, Tegra 4 CPU and UXGA Screen, But What Exactly Is It?

Historically speaking, HP has always had a moody love-hate relationship with Android, but it appears that’s bound to change. The Slate 7 might not be the most popular tablet in the world and the SlateBook x2 looks like a niche device unable to ever break into the mainstream.

HP-Android

And yet rumors of an Android-based smartphone being prepped by HP have intensified of late. Plus, something carrying the cryptic HP “Bodhi” codename has been spotted in GFXBench’s database just a few hours ago.

By “cryptic” I mean we really have no idea what this Bodhi is. It could well be a smartphone, maybe even one tied with that “Brave” fellow, it could be a tablet or, knowing HP, it could just as well be a hybrid, all-in-one PC, Android-powered laptop, etc, etc.

Judging by the codename, we can definitely assume HP has high hopes for it, since “Bodhi” in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the nature of things, being traditionally translated into English as “enlightenment”.

In terms of specs and features, we only have a few bits and pieces for the time being, but they’re enough to pique my curiosity. An Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz is listed as juicing the device, while the display boasts an exotically-sounding 1,600 x 1,128 pixels resolution.

HP Bodhi

That’s most likely 1,600 x 1,200 (aka UXGA) with on-screen buttons, which as far as I know is a very unusual resolution for smartphones or tablets. In fact, according to Wikipedia, UXGA is not used in laptops in recent times either, but only in 20 to 22-inch monitors.

Hmm, does that mean we can narrow it down to Bodhi being either a gargantuan tablet or an all-in-one PC (probably running both Android and Windows)? It sure looks like it, though deep down I’ll still be rooting for this to be a smartphone.

On the software side of things, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is easy to spot in the “system” section of the gadget’s description, although I’m afraid we’ll have to wrap things up there. Again, for the time being only, because if HP plans to “enlighten” us, chances are we’re in for a leak bonanza. Starting in 3, 2, 1…

Via [GFXBench]