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Experiencing Android 4.4.2 R1 Kitkat (x86) on a core2duo desktop Natively (part 3 on x86 Android)


In this video I demonstrate the Android 4.4 Kitkat x86 release on my HP Compac desktop small form factor PC. It works even better than the Akoya Medion E1222 netbook. Below are the hardware specs of the PC I am using in this demonstration.

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Experiencing Android 4.4.2 R1 Kitkat (x86) on an Intel Netbook Natively (part 2 on x86 Android)


In this video I demonstrate the Android 4.4 Kitkat x86 release on my Akoya E1222 netbook (hardware specs below) as Windows 7 Starter Edition wasn't really working smoothly on this machine. I did use Ubuntu on it very successfully but with the new X86 Android release I just had to try it. Check out the video to see how I did.
It supports all my hardware out of the box! And it supports the Google Playstore out of the box!

x86 Android can be found here: http://www.android-x86.org/

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Installing Android 4.4.2 R1 Kitkat (x86) on my Intel Netbook Natively (Part 1 on x86 Android)

In this article I install the Android 4.4 Kitkat x86 release on my Akoya M1222 netbook as Windows 7 Starter Edition wasn't really working smoothly on this machine. I did use Ubuntu on it very successfully but with the new X86 Android release I just had to try it. Check out the video to see how I did.
It supports all my hardware out of the box and it fully supports the Google Playstore out of the box! [Read more] below to find out where to obtain x86 Android and information on how to install it.

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Installing Android natively on Intel x86 systems? It's possible.

Apple vs AndroidApple vs Android
iOS vs Android?

I simply refuse to choose, I use both. I do use iOS on my iPhone 5s and I am quite happy with that. I own an iPad which I am also quite happy with and a whole plethora of Android devices ranging from a Nexus 7 1st gen tablet to various Gameing tablets like the GameMID from Edo Waisfisz I wrote about earlier. And lately even my old Netbook and a desktop PC have joined the fold and turned into Android devices with help of Android on x86. So while it now is possible to install Android on regular PCs it is not possible to do the same with iOS although its big brother OS X does. It is possible to install OS X on generic PC hardware but that requires a lot of computer knowledge. [Read more]

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Taking a look at the Steel Series Free Mobile Wireless Controller (ZeeMote)(Gaming on Android)


Android has become a very good and solid operating system sporting all sorts of multimedia and gaming apps. Mobile gaming relying on the touch interface or using the gyroscopes often is frowned upon by more hard core gamers who feel the need for physical controls. (Read more)

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GameMID & Tek807d Update and a Preview of the "Archos Gamepad 2 vs GameMID" video


I got a nice cobalt blue version of the GameMID to test out a new firmware that enables the device to store and install applications onto the SD card as if it was the internal memory. It's best to use class 10 SD cards for it though. This makes it possible to install quite a few large games on the unit that would not have fit in the standard 8Gb internal memory the unit comes with. Very nice that a company itself is doing these software improvements so that no third party software is needed.

I also obtained an Archos Gamepad 2 and I want to put it through its paces as well. I want to see which of the two comes out tops. Hardware-wise the Archos Gamepad 2 should be faster, but is it?

The video also includes a little sample of the Archos Gamepad 2 vs GameMID video I am working on. If you have any suggestions for the video, please leave a comment below and I'll see if I can stick it in.

I believe Bill Loguidice also received a review copy of the GameMID and am curious of his findings.

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Mark Plays... Ridge Racer V (PS2)


Ridge Racer V by Namco, a very early PlayStation 2 release. Reiko Nagase - the series mascot - got a lot of media attention as her hair seemed to exist of loose strands that were animated separately, showing the awesome power harnessed inside the PlayStation 2's Emotion Engine. Quite a cool racer I hadn't given much attention when I first got it. The release of the Dreamcast back in the day and Metropolis Street Racer may have had something to do with it. But, lately, the game has gotten a lot attention from me.

Check it out. It's a long one and I just waffle though it on various topics: Android, Nvidia Shield, Gamemid, Archos Gamepad, and some more.

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GameMID Android Handheld - Update on availability - December 7th 2013

Mark Smile The Android handheld I reported on earlier has now also become available for sale on the company's updated website. There's an order now button where you can place an order directly from the manufacturer or request additional information. The manufacturer is located in Hong Kong so it could be that you will have to pay additional import taxes according to your locale. Getting one from a retailer locally would be your best option but if that isn't an option going the direct route may be a good alternative. The unit comes in a sturdy box and is well protected by a specialized air filled sleeve. A charger compatible with your local AC power grid is also provided.

But now the GameMID has also been released to the German market and is sold as the "Phantom" - Expert shops are the go to places to get this device locally in Germany. It may be easier to import from Germany too. Here's a link to a German language review of the console.

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My Experiences With The OUYA, What Are Yours?

OUYA Game ConsoleOUYA Game ConsoleA couple of months in I really really want to like it but I don't. I really don't. The concept is very cool, the Indie games for it are really cool and there's some great emulators out there for it BUT... there are too many negatives to make this right.

The controller just isn't up to standards, the thumb-pad touches the sides of the mold so it feels cheap and not well designed. What this also creates is a feeling of unresponsiveness on the thumb-pad button itself as it seems to get stuck in a depressed position quite often. The analog joysticks are actually the best bit of the controllers as they are of a good quality, but they do grind on the top of the controller's surface-plates creating a lot of plastic powder that will no doubt foul up button functionality in the future. The action buttons suffer a similar fate as the thumb-pad button - the holes on the surface of the controller are too narrow with too little margins for the buttons to move freely so they end up actually getting caught underneath the top of the controller. The touch interface area / mousepad is on the controller is actually quite nifty.

But there's more, read below to find out what it is...

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GameMID Android Handheld - Update on availability - 9-17-2013

Mark Smile The Android handheld I reported on earlier has now also become available for sale on the company's updated website. There's an order now button where you can place an order directly from the manufacturer or request additional information. The manufacturer is located in Hong Kong so it could be that you will have to pay additional import taxes according to your locale. Getting one from a retailer locally would be your best option but if that isn't an option going the direct route may be a good alternative. The unit comes in a sturdy box and is well protected by a specialized air filled sleeve. A charger compatible with your local AC power grid is also provided.

There's also a very informative video explaining how the VKM - virtual key mapping software - works. This has been substantially updated since my video as it is now also possible to map swiping gestures onto the buttons (right thumb stick).

Performance wise this unit is capable of full speed emulation of many game systems, including the PPSSPP and original Playstation. Also many games, run great and the battery life on the unit is quite good. The developers of the RetroArch emulator have gotten a unit too so one can expect an even better native support for all buttons in future releases of that emulator. Hook the unit up to the TV over HDMI and you'll have a great console experience. Blue tooth, wifi, microsd slot - all is there. The amount of flash memory 8Gb is similar to the OUYA and in real life comparison - side loading the same apps onto the OUYA - this unit trumps the OUYA on real life Android apps despite the fact that in theory the OUYA has more beefy hardware. There is no lag on the GameMID's buttons and it seems to be my gaming tablet of choice at a great price. A lot of the Android gaming videos on this site have been recorded using this device. Check them out if you want.

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