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How to install Android on the computer

Google’s OS for mobile devices, Android, is the most used OS in most smartphones and tablets around the world. Despite being Linux-based, this system is especially designed to be used in mobile devices, not in computers. Although Google has tried to stop Android from being run in other architectures that are compatible with it, there are some projects by developers that offer the possibility of installing Android on a computer.

One of the projects that intends to port Android to PC or laptop is Android-x86, but its slow development has prompted developers to create their own version based on the original project. Right now, we will show you how to install Android on your computer using one of these Android-X86 forks, which allows us to install the OS directly on the computer just like we do with Windows and Linux, or using an Android-X86 image and a virtual machine.

How to install Android on the computer with AndEx

For the first option, we are going to use AndEx, an OS based on the Android-x86 project that offers us the possibility of using Android on any computer. First of all, we should know that AndEx can be installed on a computer just like we do with Windows and Linux, so we can take the opportunity to install it on one of our hard drive’s partitions. However, we can do the same with a virtual machine.

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Microsoft starts forcing users to drop Windows Media Player

Microsoft is, little by little, getting rid of certain programs and apps that have been on the operative system for more than a decade. This step is more and more logical, since many of them need to be modernized and adapted to the times. Now, the time has arrived for Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player is the next candidate for disappearing from Windows 10

A couple years ago Microsoft deleted the Movie Maker and last year launched Story Remix, the video editing function was implemented on the photo app. The company tried to kill the traditional Paint and substitute it with Paint 3D, which is more complex, and even though it said it would delete it, it is, for now, still on the last builds of Redstone 4. The Control Panel will be disappearing too and Windows Media Player is on its last days.

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How to delay the upgrade to Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

In just a couple weeks, Microsoft will launch the anticipated Windows 10 Redstone 4 or Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. As in many occasions, it is most certain that the guys at Redmond will launch this new version of their operative system progressively in order to avoid saturation on their servers, so some users will receive it sooner than others. Although many will be anxious to have the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update in their computer as soon as possible, many others would rather wait to check if the update is stable or if errors are reported as in previous occasions. Next, we will show you how to delay the update to Windows 10 Spring Creators Update in your computer.

Microsoft itself offers a solution for this on their Windows 10 configuration page. So, if we want to delay the arrival of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update to our computer, the first thing we need to do is to prepare our system before the end of this month. Read more

Android Oreo turns six months, and this is how slow it is being deployed in comparison to previous versions

Six months ago today, Google unveiled Android version 8.0 under the name ‘Oreo’. That day, the company also released the OS’ source code and the versions of the phones of the moment (Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus Player). However, the deployment of this version would take a couple of months before it began showing up in the Android distribution reports.

Therefore, today is a good day to see the status of this version’s deployment six months after it was launched, just like we did last year. The upside is that, since 2009, Google provides a monthly overview (with some exceptions) of Android version distribution numbers of the phones and tablets that connect to Google services.

Certainly, a lot has changed since 2009 if we take a look at the numbers. Given the amount of phones on the market, releases take longer. The main reason behind the launch of new Android versions is that phones are constantly improved. Read more

Facebook wants you to use WhatsApp as a payment option for Marketplace

The merge between Facebook and WhatsApp is about to happen. We have already seen how the messaging app is starting to use the social network’s servers to keep the service stable (it has been a while since it had some issues, so let’s cross our fingers) and offer the possibility of using stickers on WhatsApp, for example.

A few days ago, we saw one of WhatsApp’s expected novelties showing up in India where you can now use the app to send and receive money through WhatsApp Pay. However, now Facebook wants to add a new way to use the app to make our payments.

This has to do with Marketplace, Facebook’s buy and sale method that was born months ago as the company’s response to apps used to buy and sell second-hand products, such as Vibbo or the well-known Wallapop. Thanks to Twitter, we found out that Facebook wants you to be able to use WhatsApp on Marketplace. Read more

What operator starts 2018 with the most coverage and the fastest 4G network

As it is now usual, OpenSignal publishes a report every six months detailing the state of the coverage and the speed of mobile networks around the world, especially in Spain. So, in January 2018, we saw which Spanish operators have the best coverage and 4G speed for the year that just started.

Although some operators, like Movistar, are already thinking about a 5G network, the reality is that users keep using 3G and 4G networks on a daily basis. With 2018 just starting, we get the biannual “test” that OpenSignal runs on operators, showing us which ones have the best mobile network coverage and speed. It is true that the company currently reviews Movistar, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo only, but it is also true that these four operators have their own network in Spain.

It is worth mentioning that OpenSignal runs its tests though the iOS and Android app that users themselves install, recording the results from September 1 to November 30, 2017. In total, more than 87,000 devices were used and about 865 million datapoints were collected to write a report that could be considered quite accurate given the results. Read more

Google Chrome will feature support for lazy loading

Google Chrome’s future versions will have a feature that will certainly be well received by users: built-in support for lazy loading. It is a mechanism that stops a webpage from fully loading images and iframes if they are not visible on the user’s screen when opening the webpage. This feature is called Blink LazyLoad.

Google Chrome’s lazy loading

At first, the lazy loading feature will be available on Google Chrome for Android. However, the company does not rule out adding it to the desktop version in the future.

All browsers will load an entire webpage by default when we open it. It does not matter if we are connected to a 4G network at full speed or inside a restaurant where the network coverage is virtually nonexistent. If the webpage is large, it will obviously take longer to load. As a side-effect of this longer page load time, the site may be downranked in Google search results.

For the past decade, website developers have implemented image lazy loading with the help of third-party JavaScript libraries loaded on their sites.

These scripts work by loading only the images that are seen at the top of the site, in the visible section. The lazy loading scripts will delay loading images shown below the visible section and only load them if the user scrolls down and the photos enter the user’s visible area. Read more

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