Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Look what your Android phone can do

Retro gaming. Media streaming. Oh wow. I think I've just been converted.

Like half the planet, I have an iPhone. I quite like the thing. I can't imagine using any other phone (and by any other phone, that means Android, the only real alternative for me). Lately my iPhone has been getting long in the tooth, and I'm dreading/looking forward to the day when Apple will announce the iPhone 5, and I will give Apple my money, and thank them for making me so much poorer. It's inevitable.

Today I read this article from Lifehacker which explains how to turn your Android phone into a media streamer which you can connect to your TV (via HDMI). It also explains how to turn said Android phone into a retro gaming console -- SNES, N64, PlayStation -- which works with a real gaming controller like my PS3's SixAxis. As far as I know, much of this is not possible on the iPhone without jailbreak (especially the emulator bits), though it must be said that parts of this setup require you to root your Android phone. Also, it's probably not impossible on the iPhone if you try hard enough.

Nonetheless, I am floored. And if someone can point me to a cheap Android phone that supports all of this, I'll happily say goodbye to my iPhone.

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