Play Skirim or Battlefield 3 on your Android device via Kainy

by: Mike AndriciMarch 17, 2012
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kainy android app
Kainy is a new Android app from “indie” developer Jean-Sebastian Royer that has managed to raise quite a few interested eyebrows. Although not one of the most polished apps around, the Kainy Android app (available for $5.04 in Google Play) works paired with its free PC counterpart, allowing you to stream games from your Windows PC to your Android smartphone or tablet. While not entirely visionary – as I’ll explain by the end of this article — the app is an excellent example on how the concept of streaming might be used in the future to intermediate the delivery of more processing power from a fixed system to a mobile device.

Kainy Android

Although Kainy can stream any app from your computer to your Android device, it does so at a low video quality, one that makes text barely visible, an obvious impediment for browsing or editing documents. If you’re a gamer though, you might find it awesome that you are now able to play Dirt 3 on your Android smartphone.

The app provides a quick way to customize user input control (in addition to the 100 hundred default templates), so it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to get up and running. Obviously, a mouse and keyboard will always provide the best control for a first person shooter, so don’t expect to rank up the charts in your next Modern Warfare multiplayer session. Other games genres (especially card games) are controllable enough to provide a decent gaming experience. But, as I mentioned before, the idea behind Kainy is what matters most here.

Here’s an official presentation that should give you a glimpse on how the app works:

Streaming applications, with a twist

The concept of using a PC with more processing power to run games and then stream them back to a low-performance system is certainly not new. OnLive, the increasingly popular cloud gaming platform, has been showcasing proper use of this philosophy since its US launch in June 2010 (UK users were granted access more than a full year later, in September 2011). The principle is fairly simple: the game runs on OnLive’s servers, and you just control the streaming content, which dumbs down the system requirements on your computer to just a couple of basic functions: the ability to play videos and access to a proper internet connection.

Also not new is the idea of streaming the entire Windows 7 experience to your Android tablet, as OnLive’s Desktop Android App does by giving you remote access to a Windows 7 system, complete with Microsoft’s Office suite installed. As it was bound to happen though, Microsoft lawyers recently stepped up and warned that OnLive was breaking licensing agreements, suggesting that Microsoft is entitled to some financial compensation.

I’m sure that, over the next couple of months, more and more apps will show up in Google Play that will allow you to control a Windows machine – be it your own PC or a virtual one hosted in the cloud — over Wi-Fi. The idea is already out there, all that is left is to polish the end result.

  • Crazy

    3 Comments about this article:
    – The concept of using a computer with more processing power to run programs remotly is older than 2010… Mainframes exist since 1965. I’have heard that the first prototype of Kainy have been made arround 2005 to play WoW remotly…
    – The idea of using your own PC as host for 5 bucks instead of paying montly fees is great!
    – Jean-Seb rulez because he developped an application that can rivalize with an enterprise like OnLive…

  • einpeb

    This is a really cool idea, but in my opinion it would be even cooler if you could use a separate display and use the device as the controller, for example the droid x has perfect placement of the volume rocker and camera button for a game controller trigger configuration, while other controls could be on the screen. if i had the ability to make the droid x into a game controller i would have because its so perfect. the volume rocker could be the ads/knife, and the camera could be the fire, for fps, and im sure there could be more applications for other games.

    please if anyone actually decides to do this contact me, i will be pretty upset if i see this in the apps market without a thanks to me.

  • Clem1066

    Ma connexion avec le serveur est toujours en “Tentative de Connexion” même avec pare-feu et antivirus désactivé .

    • roul

      A tu trouvé la solution ? j’ai le meme probleme =(

  • ChopStickSamurai

    Doesn’t the app Splashtop do same same thing and stream your whole computer? Same price, people have given it better reviews, and supports keyboard/gamepad.