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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Run Android Games and Apps on PC

Want to play your favorite Android games on PC? Or use your favorite messenger app on PC? Well, there are more than one ways to do so. Mobile games are great but some times a small screen is just not suited for certain games and some apps would be better off with a full fledged hardware keyboard. Whatever your reasons are, here are my top methods of running Android Apps/Games on a PC.

Bluestacks App Player

Bluestacks App Player is an Android Emulator which runs Android Apps in a simulated environment. It has full Google Play Store support, a login into your Google Account will be required in order to use Play Store. You can seamlessly transfer files between your PC and Bluestacks Player, use mock locations and even simulate shake and device rotation. It is a great software for playing android games. The only downside is that it is just a touch slower.

Android OS in a Virtual Machine

This method is a little more efficient than the previous one but needs some work done, requires basic knowledge of installing an OS inside a virtual machine. First, you need to get a virtualization software - either VirtualBox or VMWare Player. I prefer VMWare Player. Then download an installation file of Android OS and install the OS inside VMWare or VirtualBox. Android-x86 is an unofficial port of Android OS for x86 based systems. It is good but very stock in nature. Another port is Remix OS by Jide Software.

Remix OS Desktop

Remix OS is a desktop like Android OS. Has a desktop, taskbar, start like button, etc. It is my preferred choice of running android apps on a PC. I have run apps like WhatsApp, imo, kik, etc. Have also played games like Temple Run, Clash of Kings, Angry Birds, etc. without any problems. 

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

MWC 2017 - Action packed as expected

Mobile World Congress 2017 or MWC 2017 as it is called was held in Barcelona this time from February 27 - March 2. As expected, it was action packed as ever. The biggest names from the mobile industry came out with their best launches of the year.

Huawei, LG, Motorola and Sony launched their flagships while Samsung launched tablets. What was great to see was Nokia being back in the smartphone race.

MWC 2017 Launches

Huawei P10

Huawei P10 is a 5.1 inch Kirin 960 powered smartphone with 20 MP main camera, 4 GB RAM, 32/64/128 GB storage. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Its camera supports dual tone flash and 4K Video Recording. 

Xperia XZ Premium

Xperia XZ Premium is an upgrade to last year's Xperia XZ. The premium version sports a 5.5 inch 4K display. Powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage. The primary camera is 19 MP with laser auto-focus support, secondary camera is 13 MP which promises stunning selfies. Runs Android 7.1 Nougat and one of the features that sets this device class apart is the support for LTE Cat16 which can deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

Some of the other launches at MWC 2017 are Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus, BlackBerry KeyOne, Nokia 3310, Nokia 6, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung Galaxy Book.