OnLive Destop

For a lot of folks, tablets are a great alternative to PC's but for some -- it's hard to complete some of the same actions as a PC on one. Looking to bridge that gap is OnLive with their new OnLive Desktop application. Using a cloud based PC you can connect to, you can now complete some of those tasks.

Features:

  • Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
  • Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
  • Interact with lag-free animation and video
  • Works with most Bluetooth keyboards and mice (left-click only)

The OnLive Desktop app is available for free with the basic offerings or you can jump up to the paid OnLive Desktop Plus services for $4.99/mnth which allows for some advanced features such as accelerated browsing, full flash support and additional cloud storage for your files.

Something to note however, is the compatible devices. OnLive notes support for the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, and HTC Jetstream but I've had no luck getting it installed on my Mototola Xoom. You can try it yourself though, just jump past the break for the download link.

Source: OnLive

 
There are 26 comments

mattyboy247 says:

Comparison to Splashtop? Better? Worse?

lakedubvt says:

Different type of product this is a separate desktop that is cloud based. Only real use would be to use Microsoft Office. But still really cool

Suntan says:

Same exact type of product if you ask me. Only with this one you are logging into someone else's computer.

-Suntan

arkarkwin says:

My exact thought, I use Splashtop for my personal desktop and Remote RDP Lite to VPN into my work PC. I have MS office in both computers. I don't see any point in paying for that service. This is not innovation, my work offers several VPN connections for such purpose. They got dedicated Adobe, AutoCad and just Window 7 with Office suite install on it.

jameswerk says:

Works perfect on my Xoom. Fast and responsive! Just wish I could open office files already stored on my Xoom instead of having to add them to my OnLive cloud from a PC first.

eyesparky says:

I got excited about trying this and then was informed with the all too usual 'not available in your country'. Shame.

Droid Brick says:

I wouldn't mind having this but I only have a TF Prime... I'll check compatibility later.

rebshalom says:

I installed it on my TF Prime last night and it works just fine.

cyanogen-man says:

Hmmm how much you wanna bet this is going to get huge and Microsoft sues??

eyesparky says:

Microsoft will be getting paid licencing fees.

edhe says:

^ This.

MS aren't stupid, they're not going to sue they'll just look for comfortable arrangements that mean they get the cream off the top of everything.

Just like Android itself.

lakedubvt says:

Works on my Sony Tablet S! What it is lacking is an easy way to upload local files.

ishore99 says:

Just tried it, no problem with the Market Place. No issue installing, then after setting up an account, cannot connect.

vicw926a4 says:

If this works the way it sounds, my Transformer may finally become a close-to 100% replacement for my laptop. If I can eliminate the torture of trying to sync files between apps that can't quite reproduce Office formatting and behavior, I will be very happy.

reidoreilly says:

if you are looking to use MS office apps with this then I dont see you having any problems. I just tried it out, and its works as advertised, a lag-free windows desktop with MS office. As far as others applications go i dont know if you can even install anything, but the office applications worked just like they would on a windows based pc.

edit:

not sure if it will really matter to anyone, but I went to speedtest.net through IE in the app to see what kind of speed i got. Here were my results

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1808130346.png

not bad. it's a virtualized and/or emulated windows environment hosted in their server clusters. i would expect extremely fast speeds. they do host video games, afterall.

If you've never heard of OnLive, they were a startup that allows anyone with a computer to stream PC games over the internet. Your PC specs dont matter since the only thing your computer is doing is providing a display, internet connection, and controls. all the processing is done on their clusters and the video is compressed and streamed to your crappy computer. neat concept and it's actually playable in some types of games (not really FPS)

castanocj869 says:

PLEASE FORGIVE THE CAPS. I'M A LITTLE OCD WHEN IT COMES TO TYPING AND THIS MAKES IT EASIER HAHA. - NOW ON TO THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SITUATION. THIS MAY BE "SOME FABULOUS NEW BLAH BLAH REMOTE BEST BLAH POOP" BUT AS I AND YOU ALL OUT THERE READING THIS (OBVIOUSLY) ARE OBSESSED WITH ANDROID, AND SHOULD ALREADY BE AWARE OF THE PHENOMENAL APP CALLED "SPLASHTOP" LIKE, IN ALL SERIOUSNESS THIS COMPANY IS TRYING TO CHARGE FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH FOR "CLOUD STORAGE" -----GREAT PEOPLE_____**&%^$^ IT MIND BOGGLES ME.... PLEASE..... NOT ONLY PAY DUMB, STUPID CAYYYSHHH EVERY MONTH........ BUT PLEASE - SEND EVERY SINGLE (PERSONAL) DETAIL OF WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON TO SOME RANDOM CORPORATION .. AND I'M NOT SAYING THIS JUST FOR YOU PORN FREAKS :-) .. BUT SERIOUSLY... ARE U DUMB? SPLASHTOP - MINIMAL LAG AND IS UNBELIEVABLE ON 3G 4G WIFI $4.99 ONE TIME FOREVER. OR.... U COULD JUST PAY DUMB MONEY AND... UGH, NEVER MIND... I'M DONE :-) *TAKE THE BATTERY OUT OF YOUR LAPTOP (SO IT DOESNT BURN OUT) AND JUST LEAVE IT PLUGGED IN... YOU'LL BE FANTASTIC

ggr says:

This product is a little lame.

1. If you need to edit word, excel or presentation, there are so many local android apps to do it. (Google Docs, Documents to Go, OfficeSuite Pro, Quick Office or Zoho.com)

2. You need Internet access to get to this application, then why in the world would I PAY this jokers to access Internet from their App? That is just lame.

3. On Android, we already have so many flash enabled browsers - Dolphin, Maxthon, Skyfire and we can install flash from market ourselves. Why PAY this company every month.

4. Cloud Storage? Google Docs, Box (50 GB), officeSuite, QuickOffice lets you store, edit and save your docs/spreadsheet/presentation either locally or online @ google docs or dropbox or Box.

5. I have PAY these jokers $5 a month to read PDF files? I 2 built-in apps which can already do it - ebook reader and Adobe reader. Personally, I use ezPDF reader.

I was hoping for a product similar to Teamviewer or Splashtop, but this product is just lame.

Maybe it might appeal to some people who wants to show that they have windows on their Android/IOS tablets. (Lame)

Teamviewer is the sure winner - multiplatform support, vpn support, once you have a login ID, it keeps track of all your desktops. (Linux, Windows and OSX)

1 - they dont provide even 1/1000th the formatting options of Word 2010. they are fine for viewing and editing basic docs but not for anything complex.

2 - um the app provides a service to you? that's a really dumb point. why pay for ANY app for that matter. and even further than most paid apps, they provide cloud storage and the service itself is a streamed, virtualized desktop that is hosted on their servers. These have monthly costs to everyone involved.

3 - another dumb point IMO. you wouldnt pay them $5/mo just to have flash on your tablet...it's an added feature that helps differentiate the paid service from the free one.

4 - cloud storage - so? if they're marketing this towards business professionals and small businesses (which they are) you would expect them to have their own cloud storage service to go along with their cloud Windows desktop.

5 - pdf = just another thing to differentiate the 2 tiers. It also would presumably use full Adobe Reader, which has many features that are simply not currently possible on android apps, like support for pdf forms with selectable or editable responses. PDFs can be a LOT more than being a scanned piece of paper or a flat text document. nothing more complex than that is currently possible on android.

Teamviewer has nothing at all in common with this app. Teamviewer allows you to remote into a computer. This app creates a virtual environment for you on their servers with 200+ MB/s bandwidth and top of the line hardware. If you or your office has servers capable of doing this you may not have any reason for this OnLive service. Not everyone does, however.

ggr says:

You are the person this App is targeted to.

1. Formatting? is that all you can come up with? wow! (Teamviewer -> LibreOffice - case closed).

2. You already have internet, if you are starting up this App, why pay them. Wait! you have to much money and it is hard for you to understand.

3. Really? Dolphin and Maxton browsers are free, what $5 are you talking about? Skyfire? There is no need to use it when Dolphin HD browser does so well.

4. Dolt! If they are marketing to business customers, then do you think a company would like to have their confidential documents online some place and risk security? wow! you did not think this through did you?

5. Yes! true, but ezPDF pretty much does everything you just said.

I see your logic, 200+ MB/s bandwidth is good for internet access. But how does it translate when I am editing a word document sitting at a coffee shop or on a 3G/4G connection?

That is where Teamviewer comes into picture. Even at home I have about 30 Mbps internet connection which is MORE than adequate for me to view some webpage. I have a i7 desktop, so LibreOffice does open up pretty fast. Even on my 3G tether via my phone, I can get stuff done for free.

This app does nothing NEW which is already not available for free or a "1" time payment.

I stand by my point. This App is LAME.

TXBlade#AC says:

Works on the Toshiba Thrive!

Dedren says:

It works great on the Xoom and Transformer Prime with ICS. I have not gotten a chance to use it with a keyboard the on screen is not very responsive yet.

robuncorked says:

In the Android Market, they do list Motorola Xoom as a compatible device. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.onlive.desktop&feature=more_fr....

vicw926a4 says:

This app is full of good features, and would be worth the monthly subscription to me if it did everything I expected. (For those who are instantly proclaiming it is all a waste of money, stupid idea, etc., I hope you will take into consideration that we all have different circumstances and needs, and what makes no sense to you might be perfectly suitable for someone else and be a legitimate value to him or her. Let's see after a few months how many subscriptions are sold, and how many millions of dollars it generates before making instant condemnations.)

I was pretty excited about the possibiities of OnLive Desktop, enough to step up to the $5 monthly subscription, expecting it would give me a clean two-way pathway to and from Dropbox for syncing my files. Alas, it only allows a web-based access to Dropbox. I can open my files from it, and modify them, but they are treated as read-only, and I can only save a copy of the updated file, not to Dropbox, but to the Documents folder in the app. To me, that negative outweighs all of the advantages of true Office app use on my Transformer.

I expect to be canceling the account early next month, unless they improve that capability in the meantime.

yluciano says:

I am not sure if anyone noticed, but the one thing that is bummer to me is having internet explorer without silverlight. One would think that it would come together. This is a big deal to me because some of the college classes I am taking uses silverlight for their videos. I was excited about this app until I discovered that their is no silverlight. The good news is that the developers did assure me that they are working on silverlight support although they do not have an ETC as of yet.

yluciano says:

Another necessary feature that I discovered to be lacking is the ability for the app to access the clipboard from android. I should be able to copy text outside of Onlive and paste it into the Onlive Microsoft Word.