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OnLive Desktop brings Windows 7 apps to ‘select’ Android tablets

by David Needle

March 1 2012

OnLive Desktop Plus is out for Android tablets with a Pro version coming soon.
OnLive Desktop Plus is out for Android tablets with a Pro version coming soon.

It didn’t take long for OnLive to follow the iPad release of its innovative OnLive Desktop app to other platforms.

Today, OnLive said an Android version of OnLive Desktop is now available for the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, and HTC Jetstream tablets running Android 2.3 or later. 

OnLive recently expanded from its online game service for tablets that includes the company’s patented “instant-action” cloud gaming technology to the business world. Earlier this year, the company released OnLive Desktop, a free app which lets users run Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe Reader on the iPad. 

In February, the company announced that for $4.99 / month, users can get OnLive Desktop Plus, which adds what the company calls an accelerated browsing experience. 

OnLive CEO Steve Perlman told TabTimes in a demo of the iPad service last month that Desktop Plus leverages the 10 Gigabit connections in its servers to give users “the fastest browser in the world, and the least consumptive.” 

TabTimes own tests of the virtual web browser confirmed what some in the Boston area might call wicked fast results. Using Speedtest.net, we clocked download rates of an astonishing 600 megabits per second, and upload rates of close to 200 Mpbs.

The company said that it’s also planning to release OnLive Desktop Pro, starting at $9.99/month, later this year. The Pro version includes all the features of OnLive Desktop Plus and  50 GB of secure cloud storage, appearing as a Documents folder on OnLive Desktop. Pro also adds the ability to customize OnLive Desktop with other PC application in addition to Office. 

OnLive says that Desktop Plus offers “the world’s fastest browsing experience” regardless of your local connection speed. For example, OnLive says even complex websites that might take minutes to load over your local connection will load in seconds and 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,” OnLive said in a release. 

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