Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
BlueStacks Will Bring Android Apps To Windows 8
BlueStacks is planning to bring all Android apps available to Windows 8, integrating them just like regular Metro-style apps as tiles on the homescreen. The recently released alpha version of its “App Player” software that allows you to run Android apps on Windows has been updated for Windows 8 and will launch alongside the Windows 8 beta, widely expected to be arriving in late February, in the Windows Store.
The software is said to be able to run pretty much all Android apps, with no porting required and full hardware acceleration for 3D graphics. While this will no doubt remedy a lack of applications that is to be expected for a time after the Windows 8 launch – the Android Market just recently passed 400,000 applications – Android apps obviously aren’t designed with the Metro guidelines in mind and few are optimized for tablets, making for a sub-par experience. Even with some OEMs preloading the BlueStacks software on their PCs, this hopefully won’t deter developers from writing native Windows 8 applications.
However, it’s of course nice to see such “hacking” work to be done, and if you’re curious, you can go ahead and download an early alpha version of the BlueStacks app player for regular desktop Windows right now. The Verge also got a nice hands-on video showcasing the upcoming software on a Windows 8 tablet.
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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.