There’s been rumors that Nintendo’s next game console could have an Android-based operating system, although that’s something the company has denied. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play Nintendo games on an Android device.
A few years ago the developers of the Dolphin GameCube and Wii emulator released the first build of Dolphin for Android. It was kind of awful at the time, but it was at least able to load and run some games (slowly).
Dolphin for Android has come a long way the past two years… and so have the ARM-based chips that power Android devices. While the Dolphin team is dropping support for devices with ARMv7 chips, the latest builds of the emulator seem to run pretty well on ARMv8 chips like the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor found in the NVIDIA Shield game console.
- Dolphin emulator drops support for older chips, looks great on the NVIDIA Shield with Tegra X1
The team has put out a demo video showing games including Resident Evil 2, Phantasy Star Online 1 & 2, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Smash Bros. Melee and several other games running at full speed. [Dolphin]
- Yahoo’s new launcher/home screen app for Android looks familiar…
… because it looks just like the Google Now launcher, although it behaves a little differently. [TechCrunch]
- Sprint scraps plans to throttle “unlimited” video speeds
Sprint tried to clean up its unlimited plan offering this week… but apparently decided that unlimited could include speed caps of 600 kbps for online video streaming. That made customers unhappy, but Sprint quickly reversed its decision to throttle videos. [Sprint]
- Orfox (alpha) is a Firefox-based Tor web browser for Android
It’s not the first Android browser to support the anonymous communication protocol, but it could be one of the more powerful options. [The Guardian Project]
- Microsoft launches Surface 3 tablet with 4G LTE in select markets
It’s already available in Japan, launching this week in the UK, and Germany, and coming to America, France, and Spain in the coming weeks. Surface Blog]
- Google A4R-GG1 (whatever that is) hits the FCC
I have no idea what this is, but it features Bluetooth and 802.11ac WiFi. The model number suggests it could be a next-gen Google Glass device. Or maybe it’s related to the smarwatch/fitness tracker thing that passed through the FCC earlier this year. [FCC]
- HP Enterprise files Form 10 as HP moves towards splitting into two companies
HP Inc will handle printers, personal computers, and consume stuff, while HP Enterprise will focus on IT, cloud, and other business services. [HP/MarketWired]