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Java portion of Android ported to C#

Here's yet another Android project that leaves the question of "why" hanging while retorting with a resounding "why not?" A team of independent developers have created version of Android's Java codebase that can run entirely in the older C# programming language, with no Java to be seen. At this point it's more of a computer science exercise than anything else, but if certain megacorps get their way, it could be a viable alternative to standard Android.

OnLive expands Android offerings with free virtualized Windows 7 access

As surprisingly utilitarian as Android tablets are becoming, there's still a few things you've just gotta have a desktop for. Or do you? OnLive already allows access to top-of-the-line PC gaming over the Internet via its remote service, but the latest addition to their service is aimed squarely at getting some real work done. OnLive Desktop works a lot like is gaming service, but instead of a PC game you get a real live Windows 7 desktop, virtualized across the web without ever needing to touch your own PC. The best part? The entry-level version is totally free.

Android x86 adds Ethernet and VirtualBox support

There's been a lot of talk about desktop modes i Android this week, but many don't realize that you can install an experimental build of Android on your laptop or desktop computer right now. Android-x86 is a derivative of open-source Android that runs on standard Intel-compliant hardware, i.e. the vast majority of computers out there. The latest modified version from Android-Dev.ro adds two important features: Ethernet networking support (for small computers like the Atom-based "net-tops" that lack WiFi) and virtualization, so that eager users can try out Android in Virtual Box, VMware or similar programs.

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.

VMware giving Verizon phones dual numbers and identites

If you've ever been issued a company cell phone in addition to your own phone, you know what a hassle it is lugging two devices, contact lists, et cetera around with you. VMware, one of the most prominent players in the desktop virtualization market, is aiming to change that. They're partnering with Verizon in the United States and Telefonica in Europe to give employer-issued Android phones a double identity.

Android apps apparently caught running on BlackBerry smartphones

Signs that RIM may be testing BlackBerry devices capable of running Android applications have been spotted, with the eagle-eyed developers responsible for ShopSavvy finding mention of various BlackBerry handsets in their flurry logs. The BlackBerry 8300, 8600 and 8520 were all caught running ShopSavvy at different times in January and February this year. Talk of RIM experimenting with an Android-compatible virtual machine on smartphones and the incoming PlayBook tablet surfaced last month, amid suggestions that the company hoped to broaden its consumer appeal by tapping into the wealth of apps available for Android devices. Whether Google will allow BlackBerry devices to access the official Android Market remains to be seen, however. [via BGR]

Guardian Project has secure Android smartphones in the works

Cryptographically secure phones has been around for quite sometime now but the use of such devices are highly underutilized due to their high cost and low user support. Android is now being used by Guardian Project in an effort to bring these types of devices to the masses. Android-compatible handset will be updated with new firmware release that would add an anonymous browser, encrypted email, secure voice calls and secure data sync, along with various other security related things.