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BBC micro emulator for android

The BBC Microcomputer System, or BBC Micro, was a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by Acorn Computers for the BBC Computer Literacy Project, operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Designed with an emphasis on education, it was notable for its ruggedness, expandability and the quality of its operating system.

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The machine was released as the BBC Microcomputer on 1 December 1981 – the BBC hesitates to confirm an official launch date – and became affectionately known as the Beeb. The machine was popular in the UK, especially in the educational market: roughly 80 per cent of British schools had a BBC micro. As with Sinclair's ZX Spectrum and Commodore's Commodore 64, both released later in 1982, demand greatly exceeded supply. For some months, there were long delays before customers received the machines they had ordered. Efforts were made to market the machine in the United States and Germany. By October 1983, the US operation reported that American schools had placed orders with it totalling $21 million. In October 1984, while preparing a major expansion of its US dealer network, Acorn claimed sales of 85 per cent of the computers in British schools, and delivery of 40,000 machines per month. That December, Acorn stated its intention to become the market leader in US educational computing. The New York Times viewed the inclusion of local area networking to be of prime importance to teachers. The operation resulted in adverts being placed by at least one dealer in Interface Age magazine, but ultimately the attempt failed. The success of the machine in the UK was largely due to its acceptance as an "educational" computer – the vast majority of UK schools used BBC Micros to teach computer literacy and information technology skills. Some Commonwealth countries, like India, started their own Computer Literacy programs around 1987 and used the BBC Micro, a clone of which was produced by the Semiconductor Complex Limited and called the SCL Unicorn.

An advantage for the BBC Micro in the educational market was its durable construction. Both casing and keyboard were solidly built and able to cope with all the abuse that schoolchildren could throw at them.

The Model A and the Model B were initially priced at £235 and £335 respectively, but rising almost immediately to £299 and £399 due to increased costs. Acorn anticipated the total sales to be around 12,000 units, but eventually more than 1.5 million BBC Micros were sold.The cost of the BBC Models was high compared to competitors such as the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64 and in 1983, Acorn attempted to counter this by producing a largely compatible but cut-down version intended for game playing, the 32K Acorn Electron. Games written specially for the Electron's more limited hardware could usually also be run on the Model B.


We have tested the one and only BBC micro emulator made by LFT (little fluffy toy) and works great and is optimized for xperia play.

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