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Google’s Android Emulator improves with better CPU performance

It wasn't that long ago that Google introduced Ice Cream Sandwich support for the emulator in the official Android SDK, but with the update to Android 4.0.4, they've taken it one step further. After a series of tweaks and enhancements in the way that the emulator runs ARM-based software on x86 or x64 PC hardware, the Android development team says that the new version should utilize the computer's CPU with double the efficiency. The end result? A faster emulator - something that anyone who's actually tried it out will appreciate.

BlueStacks App Player for Windows enters beta

One of the more exciting non-hardware innovations to pop on the Android scene last year was BlueStacks, a comprehensive piece of Windows software that allowed Android apps to be downloaded and installed on standard PCs. The program has graduated from alpha and entered its first beta - download it from their website now. (Sorry Mac users - they're working on it.) The update brings a host of new features, better performance and integration - if you were turned off by a low featureset before, you'll definetely want to check it out now.

Android SDK tool updated with native x86 emulator support

If you're an Android developer and/or a dedicated modder, you'll want to hear this. Google's Android dev team has just updated the official SDK tools to version 17, with a host of new goodies for developers to try out when creating new Android apps or builds. There's a lot of tweaks for performance and stability, but the major addition doesn't even come from Google: they've borrowed some code to make the Android emulator that comes with the tool package run natively on x86 systems.

ThinkGeek plays to the emulation crowd with 8-Bitty Bluetooth controller

Thus far, Android has proven to be a fantastic platform for classic game emulation, especially if your tastes lead you to prefer games made before 1995 or so. But try as we might with grips and even specialized hardware like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, there's just nothing like a classic game controller, with buttons you can count on one hand and a non-existent approach to ergonomics. ThinkGeek, long-time nostalgia enabler and supplier of geeky tools to the poor and the gentry, intends to make your gaming sessions authentic with the iCade 8-Bitty Bluetooth controller.

Emulate classic Capcom arcade games with CPSEmu

We're still a little miffed at Capcom for their continually limited Android support, but that doesn't mean we don't enjoy their games. If you share our compulsion for the classics of 2D gaming, you can now run arcade games designed for the CP System 2 with CPSEmu, another project from the developers behind the Neo Geo emulator NeoDroid. It works like any standard Android emulator, which means you won't be seeing it on the Android Market any time soon. Download it from this XDA thread.

VMware prepares consumer virtualization apps for Ice Cream Sandwich

When last we heard of virtualization specialist VMware's efforts on the Android platform, they were decidedly corporate in nature, with VMware View making a sort of logins and profiles so that Android users could better separate their work and personal assets on the same device. Android Community has learned that the company is shifting its focus towards consumers, with their next product, which we are told is nearing completion. VMware's Android app should be revealed sometime in the next few months, and it will be ready for use on Ice Cream Sandwich.

BlueStacks Android app player gets 550,000+ downloads

Just in case you were wondering, yes, ore excited about the prospect of running Android apps on their full-sized computer. BlueStacks, the startup software package that lets you easily run and sync Android apps to any Windows computer, has racked up more than half a million downloads since its  October debut. 550,000 downloads is an impressive achievement for a program that was only released in alpha form seven weeks ago, and at the time lacked support for anything other than Windows 7.

Gametel Bluetooth Android controller gets a hands-on

Options for traditional game controls for Android have been somewhat limited so far. If you don't have an XPERIA Play, you can use Bluetooth mods like a Wii Remote. If you've got an original DROID or a similar QWERTY phony you can try a Game Gripper. But Gametel's Android-specific controller looks to be the first self-contained game controller designed for Android, and Tech Radar got their digits on it for a quick hands-on.

PSX4Droid returns to the Android Market with a new developer

Classic emulation keeps coming back again and again on Android, despite Google's attempts to forestall it. PSX4Droid, a PlayStation One emulator originally banned from the Android Market back in March of this year, is now once again available. The app comes form a new developer, "SnootyKing", who has been working on the app since it went open-source after the initial ban. You can buy it now for $4.99 USD.

Snes9x EX is the latest emulator fatality in the Android Market

Another one bites the dust. Popular Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator Snes9x EX is no longer available on the Android Market after Google pulled the listing. Formerly the emulator was one of the better remaining options for nostalgic gamers looking for their 16-bit fix on the go. The app is the latest in a long line of classic console emulators to get the boot. The developer was given no explanation.
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