Amazon.com enables you to play with an Android digital machine, attempt apps before you purchase them
When Amazon’s Appstore rolled out final week, we glossed over one element that merely appeared neat. As we speak, we’re inclined to say that Check Drive will be the most vital a part of Amazon’s announcement that day. Principally, Check Drive permits US clients to take apps for a spin at Amazon.com, with all of the consolation that their tried-and-true desktop net browser brings — however somewhat than sit you down with a Flash-based mostly mockup of the app, Amazon is supplying you with a style of bona fide cloud computing with an Android digital machine.
In different phrases, what you are taking a look at within the screenshot above is not only a single program, however a whole digital Android smartphone with working mouse controls, the place you can’t solely check out Paper Toss, but in addition delete it, flick through the system’s photograph gallery, pay attention to some tunes, and even surf the online from the working Android browser — as troublesome as that could be with out keyboard enter. Amazon explains:
Clicking the “Check drive now” button launches a replica of this app on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), an internet service that gives on-demand compute capability within the cloud for builders. If you click on on the simulated telephone utilizing your mouse, we ship these inputs over the Web to the app operating on Amazon EC2 – identical to your cellular gadget would ship a finger faucet to the app. Our servers then ship the video and audio output from the app again to your pc. All this occurs in actual time, permitting you to discover the options of the app as if it have been operating in your cellular gadget.
At this time, Amazon’s Check Drive is principally simply Gaikai for cell phones — its objective is just to promote apps, nothing extra. However think about this for a sec: what when you might entry your personal smartphone knowledge, as an alternative of the principally clean slate that Amazon offers right here?