tablets

AMD invests in BlueStacks to bring Android apps to Windows tablets

Android and Windows users had something to cheer about last week when start-up BlueStacks released the first version of their Android emulation software, which makes running and syncing Android apps on Windows easy. Now hardware giant AMD and virtualization software maker Citrix are investing 5.6 million dollars into the small company, hoping to spur development and expand x86 hardware's capabilities to include the wide range of Android apps. BlueStacks says that they'll use the cash to quickly bring feature-complete versions of its Player software to desktop computers. The potential for BlueStacks is promising to say the least. Windows doesn't have a lot of touch-optimized software at the moment, and with the tablet-friendly Windows 8 on the horizon, that's a definite handicap. Opening up Windows and other desktop operating systems to hundreds of thousands of Android apps can only help, and considering that x86 tablets tend to be 2-3 times the price of current Android slates, it wouldn't pose a threat to Honeycomb or upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. Not only does BlueStacks run Android software on Windows, it can also sync apps with users' phones, though this early in the development cycle the selection and support is rudimentary at best. The Pro version, which will run paid Android apps, is expected before the end of the year. [youtube Nus9-Tu_J9k] AMD could use whatever help it can find at this point. The company has been trailing behind Intel in the processor market for years, and while its Fusion low-power netbook chips have been well-received, they're still not making a significant dent in the desktop market. Both AMD and Intel are having trouble finding traction in the tablet market, with ARM processors being the internals of choice at the moment. Citrix, a professional virtualization company that already supports the iPad and Android tablets, is also investing in BlueStacks. [via SlashGear]

SHADOWGUN by MadFinger Games Review [Video]

Today I have one epic game for review here at Android Community and that is SHADOWGUN by the popular developer MadFinger Games. You've probably seen a few videos in the recent past about this stellar new game coming to Android Tegra 2 tablets but if you haven't we have all the details. This game is absolutely stunning both visually, and with game-play. We have plenty of in-game screenshots and a live demo video below so be sure and check it all out after the break.

Motorola Xoom 2 tablets launching in November

Motorola is prepping a few tablets to refresh their lineup from the original Xoom. We first saw what appears to be a 7" Motorola Tab in the wild earlier this month, then more pictures leaked last week. We have heard about an 8.2" media edition so they might even have a 7, 8.2, and 10.1" in the works but that has yet to be confirmed. New details are claiming the 7" Motorola tablet will launch this November.

ASUS TOUGH Android Honeycomb 7″ tab hits Japan

We've seen plenty of smartphones over the recent past released that are tough, water resistant, and can handle most situations but we haven't seen many for Android Honeycomb tablets. Today ASUS has unveiled the ASUS TOUGH ETBW11AA Tablet. The ASUS TOUGH is both water, and dust resistant, and comes with 4G WiMAX as well an impressive 1280x800 resolution all on that 7" frame.

Platinum Air Hockey for Honeycomb Tablets

Platinum Apps has just lowered the price on their awesome Air Hockey game made just for Android Honeycomb tablets. What we have is Platinum Air Hockey bringing amazing graphics and life-like physics to Honeycomb. I've played a few air hockey games in the past -- but with stunning HD graphics on my 10" tablet this sure beats anything else I've tried so far. More details and pictures after the break.

ZiiLabs announces Jaguar3, Thinnest Honeycomb tablet around

Today we are seeing a new tablet reference design by ZiiLabs called the Jaguar3. Many tablets are already powerful yet super thin like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the upcoming Toshiba Excite but these guys look to beat them all with this latest release. Measuring in at just 7.4mm thick for the thinnest model and 8.1mm for the larger quad-core version, yes I said quad-core -- Details below.
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