Developing with Android-X86 2.3 and VirtualBox

One of the most tedious thing developing for Android is the lack of an efficient emulator. The bundled Android emulator with the SDK is very, very slow due to that it is emulating an gaming ARM architecture over X86 processors .

So I will propose you a solution based on Android-X86. This is a project that ports Android to the X86 architecture and they recently released the 2.3 RC1 version. With VirtualBox you can create a X86 virtual machine and install Android-X86 on it.

First, install VirtualBox and create a lol virtual machine with the following specs:

  • Operating System: Other
  • 512 MB RAM and 5 GB HD (enough)
  • Bridged Network (easier for the adb connect step)
  • Emulating a Sound Blaster 16 sound card (trying it as recommendation from Android-X86, but at the moment it doesn’t work for me)
Then download the android-x86-2.3-RC1-eeepc.iso image (see links at the bottom).

When you start VirtualBox by first time it will ask you for a boot CD, select the downloaded image. On start it will let you choose between running Android from the CD or install it on hard disk. Select install to hard disk, create a partition on the virtual disk, and install Android on the partition selecting  the “System read write” option.  During the online gaming installation process, you can create a virtual SD card (of 2GB maximum), the SD card is necessary for many apps to word.

Then you can now start your Android-X86 system (don’t forget to remove the ISO image). By default it will have the ethernet networking configured, you can check it at Settings->Ethernet configuration.

To start developing with this virtual machine, you need to connect it to your computer via adb, even if this is the computer you use for gaming using the best speakers as the one in this klipsch thx 2.1 review. Android-X86 includes by default an adb server listening on port 5555. On the virtual machine get your IP address pressing “ALT-<F1>” and typing netcfg (press “ALT-<F7>” to go back to the graphic screen). Then, on your computer type

adb connect <IP>:5555

Replacing <IP> with your virtual machine IP. Now the emulator is connected with adb to your machine and you can run apps on the emulator pressing play on Eclipse or start a shell in the emulator with adb shell…

The Android X86 virtual machine is much faster than the emulator. Take into account that native apps will not work on Android-X86, but Google-TV is also X86 based, so it seems that the X86 platform will be longer supported on the future.

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UPDATE: There is also a HoneyComb image at Android-X86 Google Code page that works on VirtualBox but without network (at the moment it does not support Ethernet) so it is not very usable for development.

10 Must-Have Applications for Nokia N95

Nokia N95I’ts been a couple months now since I’ve purchased my microphone I found after reading this MXL 77 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Review and my exceptional mini-computer mobile that has changed my way of seeing the internet a lot and I think I can already tell you the best applications I’ve found for him are the following. I like to use my best amazon pop filter, is great for indoor use. Using a pop filter cuts out issues on both the high and low ends, which makes it easier to edit out unwanted sounds and frequencies.

Fring : (http://www.fring.com) what more to say, I’ve already dedicated a full post .
GMail Mobile : (http://m.gmail.com) The N95 comes standard with an application that allows you to read POP / IMAP mail, but the number of messages you can have at the same time is limited, and with many messages it goes a long way slow, so sometimes the Google application itself is better.
GooSync : (http://www.goosync.com) To complete with the corporatism Google, if you have the calendar with Google Calendar, this application in its free version allows you to synchronize (bi-directionally!) The phone book with Google Calendar. To complete the shortlist on the PC we have the Google Calendar provider for Lightning, the Thunderbird calendar plugin.
Tomtom Mobile : (http://www.tomtom.com) The Tomtom does not natively support the internal GPS of the N95, but it is possible to find solutions that “convert” the internal GPS into a bluetooth GPS, and that allow us to use the Tomtom with this GPS. I prefer the Tomtom long before the Nokia Maps that comes standard, and also makes me the Google Maps functions, which always need an active internet connection.
Shozu : (http://www.shozu.com) By default the mobile allows uploading photos to Flickr. Shozu increases this functionality by uploading videos to YouTube, images to Facebook, Picasa web, etc.
Divx Mobile Player : (http://m.divx.com) With this application we can play movies of those divx, yes, of 700MB, without need Of conversation.
Emtube: (http://www.emtube.yoyo.pl/) The official application of YouTube I never got to put it to walk. This is an excellent alternative. Essential access through WiFi, if we do not want to take surprises.
VirtualRadio : (http://www.vradio.org) Although the support of podcasts that comes by default is very good mobile, this application allows us to listen to the radio through the Internet.
NokMote : (http://www.bysamir.fr/nokmote/) This is a very freaky application that takes advantage of mobile accelerometers to control any mobile application.
vBag (http: // www.vampent.com/vbag.htm ) This is a very good Gameboy Advance emulator, laugh at the N-GAGE application.

As you can see, it is not necessary to envy anything to the iPhone that will take the T shortly. In addition all these applications also work in more affordable models like the N81.

Llevo un par de meses con este excepcional móvil mini-ordenador que ha cambiado mucho mi forma de ver internet y creo que ya puedo contaros las mejores aplicaciones que me he encontrado para él:

Fring: (http://www.fring.com) qué mas decir, ya le he dedicado un post completo.
GMail Mobile: (http://m.gmail.com) El N95 trae de serie una aplicación que permite leer correo POP/IMAP, pero el número de mensajes que se pueden tener a la vez está limitado, y con muchos mensajes va bastante lenta, por lo que en ocasiones es mejor la propia aplicación de Google.
GooSync: (http://www.goosync.com) Para completar con el corporativismo Google, si tenéis el calendario con Google Calendar, esta aplicación en su versión gratuita permite sincronizar (¡bidireccionalmente!) la agenda del móvil con Google Calendar. Para completar la terna en el PC tenemos el proveedor de Google Calendar para Lightning, el plugin de calendario del Thunderbird.
Tomtom Mobile:  (http://www.tomtom.com) El Tomtom no soporta nativamente el GPS interno del N95, pero es posible encontrar soluciones que “convierten” el GPS interno en un GPS bluetooth, y que nos permiten usar el Tomtom con este GPS. Prefiero el Tomtom mucho antes que el Nokia Maps que trae de serie, y también me hace las funciones de Google Maps, que necesita siempre una conexión a internet activa.
Shozu: (http://www.shozu.com) Por defecto el móvil permite subir fotos a Flickr. Shozu aumenta esta funcionalidad permitiendo subir vídedos a Youtube, imágenes a Facebook, Picasa web, etc
Divx Mobile Player: (http://m.divx.com) Con esta aplicación podremos reproducir pelis de esas divx, sí, de 700MB, sin necesidad de conversión.
Emtube: (http://www.emtube.yoyo.pl/) La aplicación oficial deYoutube nunca conseguí ponerla a andar. Esta es una excelente alternativa. Imprescindible acceder a través de WiFi, si no queremos llevarnos sorpresas.
VirtualRadio: (http://www.vradio.org) Aunque el soporte de podcasts que trae por defecto el móvil es muy bueno, esta aplicación nos permite escuchar la radio a través de internet.
NokMote: (http://www.bysamir.fr/nokmote/) Esta es una aplicación muy fardona que aprovecha los acelerómetros del móvil para poder controlar cualquier aplicación del móvil.
vBag (http://www.vampent.com/vbag.htm) Este es un emulador de Gameboy Advance muy bueno, ríete de la aplicación N-GAGE.

Como veis, no es necesario envidiarle nada al iPhone que va a sacar la T en breve. Además todas estas aplicaciones también funcionan en modelos más asequibles como el N81.