Nvidia unveiled the SHIELD Tegra X1 TV Box! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the Cyanogen's new corporate identity and partnership with Qualcomm and be sure to check out the article talking about Lollipop devices being no longer encrypted by default! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...
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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According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...
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