AMIDuOS Becomes Better Tool For All With Android Lollipop Beta

AMIDuOS is continuing its evolution with a new Android 5.0 Lollipop beta edition. Although updating to Lollipop is key to the success of the AMIDuOS system, the beta contains several other improvements that may actually prove to be more important than the change in the version of Android.

If you frequent Tom's Hardware, then you likely remember our first-hand coverage of the application back in February. At the time, the application was limited to Android 4.2.2, which was fine for the initial release, but for a program like this it is crucial to use the latest version of Android.

Although users have many reasons to enjoy the application, which can be used to run virtually any Android app, we felt that AMIDuOS had more to offer developers. Testing applications on an actual device could cause numerous problems, as it conflicts with other software on your smartphone or tablet. In addition, the added time of moving applications to the phone for testing, and the slower speed of the device, could impede application development.

Because AMIDuOS has access to the much faster hardware inside of the host PC it is installed on, transferring files and running applications occurs much faster, and faulty issues with the program that could cause incompatible programs clashing or cause stability issues are easier to recover from.

However, to be the most useful for developers, obviously, the program needs to be using the same OS and software, and this update delivers just that. In addition, the update brings the ability to run 64-bit apps and features improved A/V synchronization between the host system and the AMIDuOS emulator. It also has higher-performance graphics and audio, new APIs for Bluetooth LE, multi-networking and NFC capabilities, and more.

Undoubtedly, all of these added compatibility features are essential to Android developers, but Android gaming has been a fast-growing market in the last several years, and non-developers can take advantage of AMIDuOS to play these games much faster than their smartphone or tablet ever could.

Long story short, this update is probably the most revolutionary upgrade to the program since its initial release, and it gives users and developers a more comprehensive program for running and developing Android applications.

AMIDuOS still offers a lifetime license that costs $10, or you can test it out with a 60-day free trial.

Update, 6/17/15, 5:25pm PT: AMIDuOS informed us that the free trial period has been extended to 60 days.

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Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.