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Raccoon is a desktop downloader for Google Play Store apps

There are quite a few ways to run an Android app. We run it normally via our Android devices, but we can also sideload apps via a number of environments friendly to Android apps, such as the Chrome environment or a Bluestacks Android emulator. But the only way to download an app is through the Google Play Store, which is of course installed on an Android device. Not anymore – the Raccoon Google Play Desktop Client will allow you to do just that.

Cycada makes iOS apps run on Android devices

There are a lot of very popular apps out there that have versions specifically designed for Android and versions specifically for iOS. With apps for both platforms, fans can get the apps they want. However, there are times where developers will make a slick app for iOS that might not be available for Android.

ExaGear Strategies is an emulator for classic RTS games

As a fan of the old(er) real-time strategy games like, Heroes of Might and Magic, Civilization, and disciples, there has probably been a point in time where you wondered if your Android device could actually run those games. The main problem, of course, is compatibility – but Eltechs’ ExaGear Strategies app might just do it for you. That is, provide a platform to launch these old PC games on your Android device.

Reicast is a really solid Dreamcast emulator for Android, available now

If you’re old enough to remember Dreamcast, you’re old enough to remember how awesome it was. Though Sega lost out to the likes of Sony and Nintendo in the early days of console wars, the platform remains a cult hit to this day. Inspired titles like Crazy Taxi and Jet Grind Radio (we’re not calling it Jet Set Radio, sorry) have made their way to Android, but we want it all. Fortunately, Reicast is a Dreamcast emulator for Android that seems to work really, really well.

Household Hacker shows off how to get 9000 games on NVIDIA SHIELD

As you all know, we are pretty big fans of the NVIDIA SHIELD Android-powered game controller and console around here. Offering up the power of NVIDIA's Tegra 4 quad-core and a 5-inch 720p HD display all built inside and onto a dedicated game controller. Well, there's tons of Android and Steam games you can play, but a popular YouTube channel is showing us nearly 9000 games all using emulators.

Wine on Android demoed, development still in early stages

Linux and Unix users might be pleased to know that work on an Android port of Wine has started. Those who were attending the Free and Open Source Software Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels had the opportunity to see Wine on Android in action, despite the fact that the port is still in the very early stages of development. How early are we talking? To give you an idea, today we were shown Wine running on an emulated version of Android.

Qualcomm invests in BlueStacks Android player

Have you tried out BlueStacks? If you're reading this on a Windows PC, you really should - it's an impressively simple way to get Android apps onto your full-sized computer, and ever since the software's beta update, it's only gotten better. BlueStacks' success has not gone unnoticed: TechCrunch reports are surfacing that chip maker Qualcomm (you know, the Snapdragon people) has invested in the company after an unusually strong showing this month. The amount of dollars changing hands isn't clear, but sources say it's in the millions.

N64 emulator ripped off, then kicked out of the Play Store by copycat

The great thing about open source software is that anybody can use it. The not-so-great thing about open source software... is that anybody can use it. Such was the case with two N64 emulators battling it out on the Google Play Store. According to a massive Reddit thread, the original game emulator was called "Mupen64Plus Android Edition", developed by Paul Lamb and based off of the open-source emulator Mupen64Plus. Under the General Public License, anyone can use the Mupen code for any project they like (including charging for it) as long as proper attribution is given. Paul put up his app on the Google Play Store, and for a while, all was right with the world.
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