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OnLive brings its amazing Windows desktop access to Android tablets

OnLive Desktop’s debut on the iPad captured our imagination for what tablets were now capable of: With just your iPad in hand, you could now access a virtual Windows PC, apps like Word and Excel, and enjoy crazy-fast web browsing.

Now that experience has come to Android tablets with a new app in the Android Market. While not nearly as many total Android tablets have been sold versus the iPad, it’s still a great development that means Android fans get to check out the revolutionary app as well.

OnLive Desktop requires Android 2.3 and up, so it will support almost any mainstream Android tablet. The company claims it has been tested and works on the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, and HTC Jetstream.

OnLive first made its name with streaming complex 3D games to low-end and middling PCs. This application, in a similar fashion to its gaming app, uses OnLive’s well-built cloud-based service to stream desktop apps and an Internet Explorer web browser that can transfer data at 1 gigabit per second and handle Adobe Flash applications.

The OnLive Desktop Plus service is available for $4.99/month. Let us know in the comments if you download OnLive Desktop for your Android tablet and how it runs for you.

OnLive Desktop screenshot: OnLive YouTube video

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