Thursday, 1 March 2012

OnLive Released the OnLive Desktop App for Android

OnLive released the OnLive Desktop client for Android. You can get OnLive Desktop for Android at

The OnLive Desktop App for Android joined the OnLive Desktop App for iPad which is available since January. OnLive will also release OnLive Desktop clients for PCs, Macs, Monitors and TVs soon.

The OnLive Desktop App for Android requires at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has been tested on the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and HTC Jetstream.

The OnLive Desktop App for Android currently doesn't allow Android devices with screen sizes smaller than 7″ to run the OnLive Desktop.

The free OnLive Desktop includes a virtual Windows 7 cloud desktop and 2 GB of secure cloud storage, as well as a complementary copy of Microsoft Office software – Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It also includes various Windows 7 utilities and the Windows 7 Touch Pack. More info about what the free OnLive Desktop includes is here.

There is also the OnLive Desktop Plus plan. For $4.99/month, OnLive Desktop Plus adds a cloud-accelerated web browser in the form of Internet Explorer 9 with full PC based Adobe Flash support. This means you can play Flash games, watch Hulu movies and load Flash heavy sites on your mobile. OnLive also included Adobe Reader to the free OnLive Desktop. That means you can view PDF documents on the free OnLive Desktop and view PDF documents in web pages with the Adobe Reader plug-in through Internet Explorer 9 if you are subscribed to OnLive Desktop Plus. You also get priority access to the OnLive Desktop service -- freeloading standard subscribers can only access the service on an as-available basis.

OnLive has stated that they plan to add support for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to OnLive Desktop Plus. They also plan to improve other parts of the OnLive Desktop like the virtual keyboard.

OnLive has also stated that OnLive Desktop support for the United Kingdom and other countries should come soon. Announcements regarding the release of the OnLive Desktop App in the UK Apple App Store and the Android Market will be made shortly.

Running remotely on powerful PCs in the cloud that are connected by gigabit ethernet to the internet, OnLive Desktop Plus utilizes OnLive’s patented instant-action cloud gaming technology to deliver a seamless PC application and web experience, instantly responsive to multi-touch gestures, as well as a full PC on-screen keyboard, handwriting recognition and optional Bluetooth keyboard.

“Android tablets are a great platform for OnLive Desktop,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “With full HD resolution, PC keyboard/mouse support and available 4G LTE, Android tablets deliver an excellent experience with full Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader PC applications, not to mention gigabit-accelerated browsing through OnLive Desktop Plus—even over 4G LTE.”

OnLive Desktop Plus brings the world’s fastest browsing experience, whether over Wi-Fi or 4G LTE-connected Android tablets. Regardless of your local connection speed, be it Wi-Fi or 4G LTE, even the most complex Flash websites—including ones that would take minutes to load over your local connection—load in seconds, instantly delivering fully interactive animation, video and sound. A 50 megabyte file from cloud storage (e.g., Dropbox) or a 15 megabyte attachment from web email (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc.) can literally download or upload in less than a second, resulting in an utterly transformative web experience. And, despite the astounding speed improvement, OnLive Desktop Plus can dramatically reduce web browsing data usage, since only the top layer of the currently visible part of a website is ever sent over the local connection. Essentially, OnLive Desktop delivers only what you can see or hear at a given moment, potentially reducing data usage by a factor of 10 or more. So you get the world’s fastest mobile browser, at quite possibly the world’s best value.

More info about OnLive Desktop Plus is here.

Here is what is included with the free OnLive Desktop account, OnLive Desktop Plus, and future releases of OnLive Desktop Pro and OnLive Enterprise (no release dates provided):
OnLive makes it simple and easy to upload/download documents, photos and videos to your OnLive Desktop via a web interface. Users can login to their own personal OnLive Desktop documents at

You can give the free OnLive Desktop App for Android a try and also try the OnLive Desktop App for iPad.

You can sign up for free to use OnLive Desktop or sign up for $4.99/month to use OnLive Desktop Plus.

You can also sign in to OnLive Desktop with your OnLive game service account.

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