Software Review: AMI’s DuOS

Recently I decided to replace my tablet and laptop with a Microsoft Surface 3 (more about it some other time). One of the deciding factors in choosing it as a device was the ability to run an Android system on demand.

How? AMI’s DuOS. This program allows you to launch android on a Windows machine, and on a Surface, it looks like a regular tablet experience. You can add the official Play Store easily, and then download and run all of the apps that you might want.

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There is a free 30 trial, with Version 1.1 (Jellybean) costing $10 US, and Version 2.0 (Lollipop) costing $15 US (currently about $20 CAD).  They do have frequent opportunities to win a full license, which I did, but I would have paid for the full license without any reservation. They have an active support forum, and some good videos as well.

The main issue that I’ve encountered so far is that sometimes it doesn’t launch full screen, but I think that it might have something to do with available memory. But, I’ve had fun exploring, and highly recommend this software for everyone who likes the Android system but also wants to run Windows.

Other Android emulators include:

And Digital Trends just published a AMI DuOS review as well.

App Recommendation: Aviate

I love my Android phone. It is my second smartphone and I love the app selection, the add-ons, widgets, and having options to make it look the way I want it to.

A couple of days ago I started hearing about an android launcher by Yahoo!

Which, I hesitated over because, Yahoo!. But the temptation was strong and I installed it.

It was a good choice. The 3(.5) screens and the way that you interact with them is intuitive, interesting, and almost fun.It completely replaces your android home screen.

The centre “Home Screen” keeps you base screen, a(n unobscured) picture you choose, and if you swipe up you get to text or call your favourite contacts.

To the right you get to set-up app bundles (you can re-arrange the order, as well as adding and removing apps) for easy access. Topics include entertainment, productivity, social, news, games, sports…. While you can’t name the topic folders, they are flexible enough to show you all of the apps you want whenever you need them. To the right of that you get all of your apps in A-Z order (yay!).

To the left, is the learning screen you get your widgets here, news, weather, and “today” this uses technology magic to you when you are at home, at work, on the move, in an area with restaurants etc. and then serves you information and apps appropriate to your task and location. And to the left are settings and help.

It is a lot of fun, and a very useful way of organizing your phone.

★★★★★

(Try it!)