Run android apps on Windows PC
I remember using a hack that involved using android emulator as a device to connect to android marketplace. You can download apps and run on the emulator. That’s how android apps are ran on the windows without any phone at all.
But looks like that hack isn’t needed anymore. There are about 2 Windows application (at this moment) that does this job of running android apps on your pc. One is Youwave and other one is Bluestacks.
Youwave about 120mb is easy to download and install. The free version lets you try it for 7 days and $15 to buy a full version.
It is a simple application that has the list of apps on the left pane and the android screen on the right pane. You can choose the path where all your android apps are located and open the folder, all the apps inside it are displayed on the left pane. Click open the apps, its loaded and runs on the display screen on the right. You can rotate the screen horizontally or vertically, Has a volume control as well. It has a simulated SD card that allows to resume saved state when playing games or utility that saves its state. Run on all windows xp/vista/7 both 32 and 64 bit.
This doesn’t consume more cpu or memory, and games from angry birds to sudoku runs smoothly.
Bluestacks installer is about the same size of Youwave, but I had to install Windows installer 3 for Xp sp3 and .Net framework 2.0 sp2. These are the prerequisites for Windows (Xp) in my case. The application launches in fullscreen and looks like the image below,
It consumes a bit more CPU compared to Youwave.
It has some pre-built apps that come with the installation like Words free, Talking tom 2, Pulse etc…
Bluestacks released as alpha is now closed, and beta version is set to be released on March. The alpha download is available at the cnet though. Bluestacks looks great – the way it displays app, the full screen mode, which Youwave lacks.
For now, to turn your windows into android rich pc, Bluestack seems a great option. To run apps on windows just on the windows screen with resolution more than 1024 x 600, Youwave will do a pretty good job.