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Load Android on your junk PC

Interesting Open Source project. http://www.android-x86.org/

Description from the project website

A few months after we created the project, we found out that we could do much more than just hosting patches. So we decide to create our code base to provide support on different x86 platforms, and set up a git server to host it. This is an open source project licensed under Apache Public License 2.0.

I loaded it into a virtual machine. It runs.


Mainstream Tablet Prices Dropping to $149

I have said for some time the primary and secondary price points for the glut of tablets that will become available this fall will be $149 and $249 with a distant tertiary point at $400. Here is another manufacturer who is adjusting their SRP to become salable. There is nothing wrong with the Nook Color: it is a fine tablet with snappy performance, can easily and intuitively store and use files (such as Microsoft Office files) from your PC, and has a pleasant form factor and passable battery life. The only thing the Nook is really missing is a good way to take notes on it, as there is no real app for that. You can also boot the Nook from a version of Android if you wish to load any of a number of boot images from CyanogenMod, using the Micro SD slot.

The only thing really wrong is that you cannot go to the most common market places unless you boot to Android and add Goggle Apps: the Amazon and Google Markets. This was a stupid blunder on the part of B&N, even through they told me it was Amazon who forbade them to allow their customers to shop also on Amazon. Seriously, guys, is Amazon.com so stupid that they don’t want people to buy from them just because they own a B&N Nook?

At ant rate, B&N is promoting the device at the primary market point now — $149. Google.com is promoting their Nexus 7 you can buy it for $199.  Let’s see what happens to the main contender in this price market, the Amazon Kindle ($199 – 40% = $120).

 


Heads Up!

Pay Attention! This is powerful. You carry your phone with you, use it when you are mobile.

When you get home you drop it into its charging dock and it connects to keyboard and screen — it is now a PC with PC performance, software, and features.

You go to a friend’s house, drop it in his dock, and you have YOUR PC right there with your movie or tunes ready to party.

It is no longer just a limited, awkward, mobile device. It is you in a pocket: ready when you are. Let’s Roll. http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

The number one free desktop on the number one open phone

 

With over 20 million users, Ubuntu is the world’s favourite free operating system – and Ubuntu for Android is the first complete solution for office productivity on a phone. It lets Android and Ubuntu share the same Linux kernel, so they can run at the same time – Android for the phone experience and Ubuntu when docked. Which means one address book, one set of bookmarks, one place for text messages and one inbox for mail. And thanks to careful integration between the Ubuntu desktop and Android, user’s have access to the phone’s functions when it’s docked – including making and receiving calls.

See the features in full

Just cause for more cores

 

Ubuntu for Android gives mobile workers a compelling reason to upgrade to multi-core handsets with more RAM, more storage, faster GPUs and CPUs. It’s not just a phone they are buying, it’s a desktop too. While mid-range phones can deliver a perfect Android experience, it takes high-end horsepower to drive a phone and a desktop at the same time. Newer multi-core processors are up to the job, and Ubuntu is the killer app for that hot hardware. It’s the must-have feature for late-2012 high-end Android phones.

 

A built-in desktop is also a driver of LTE, which offers higher bandwidth for productivity apps and lower latency for business users. Cloud apps like Google Docs are best used with a full desktop, and shine with LTE. The phone has traditionally been a slower, less productive tool. When you’re at a desktop, you want to get things done, quickly. So you appreciate the difference between 3G and 4G. Adding a desktop to the phone justifies the extra cost of newer network technologies for business customers.