4 Ways to Run Android on Your PC and Make Your Own “Dual OS” System
Intel is now interested in launching a “dual-OS” computer – a device with Windows 8 and Android. But you do not have to buy a new computer to do it – you can run Android apps, even Android operating systems on your current computer.
This allows you to use Android’s touch-based application ecosystem on touch-enabled Windows laptops and tablets, so it makes sense. Of course, this process is not just the use of Windows 8 applications.
How to play Android games on Windows (and run Android apps)
BlueStacks is currently the best way to run Android applications on Windows. It does not replace the entire operating system. Instead, it runs the Android application in a window on the Windows desktop. This allows you to use Android applications just like any other program. BlueStacks also makes it easy to install applications from Google Play, so the process is as seamless as possible. Better yet, BlueStacks runs Android applications and games with amazing good performance.
This solution can not replace Windows with Android, but this is not a bad thing – a competitive solution that allows you to dual boot Android and Windows is currently unstable. This is just a solution for running Android applications on Windows. Unlike many other options, this is a fairly stable and polished experience.
Similar applications, including YouWave and Windroy, lack the speed and simplicity of application installation provided by BlueStacks.
Official Android simulator
Google provides an official Android emulator as part of the Android SDK. You can use it to run the Android operating system in the window of the existing computer. This gives you full access to the entire Android operating system. It is for developers to test their Android applications.
Unfortunately, the official Android simulator is pretty slow and not a good option for everyday use. This is useful if you want to test your app or use the latest version of Android, but you do not want to actually use the app or play games there.
To get started with the Android emulator, download Google’s Android SDK, open the SDK Manager program, and select Tools> Manage AVD. Click the New button and create an Android Virtual Device (AVD) with the desired configuration, then select it and click the Start button to start it.
Android-x86 is a community project that ported Android to x86 platforms so it can run locally on Intel and AMD processors, allowing you to install Android on a laptop or tablet like Windows or Linux. Initially worth noting is the project to provide a way to run Android on low-power netbooks, giving them more life.
Currently, only certain devices are officially supported. The official page lists the Asus Eee PC, Viewsonic Viewpad 10, Del Inspiron Mini Duo, Samsung Q1U, Viliv S5 and Lenovo ThinkPad x61 Tablet PC as a test platform. However, you should also be able to install it in VirtualBox. This allows you to install Android in a virtual machine.
Remember this project is unstable. Be careful when installing it on physical hardware.
Intel architecture on Android
Intel has developed its own Android distribution for new Intel-based PCs with UEFI firmware. It is named Android on Intel architecture or Android-IA. Intel even provides an installer that you can use to install Android on Windows 8 devices. The installer asks if you want to keep Windows in a dual-boot situation, so this is a dual-boot Android and Windows method on a new laptop or tablet.
Keep in mind that this project is unstable and will not work on every device. At present, the Samsung XE700T, Acer Iconia W700 and Lenovo X220T and X230T devices seem to be the official support of the target. This project is really interesting because it is driven by Intel itself. This may be the same software that you will find on those new “dual OS” Intel PCs.
This option does not apply to casual users, but may become more stable over time. For more information, see Intel’s Download, Quick Start, and Devices page.
If you really want to run an Android application on a Windows computer, you should install BlueStacks. This is the simplest, most slippery, most stable choice.
In the long run, Android in the Intel architecture and Android-x86 project can make Android easier to install and use a wider range of hardware. They can provide an easy way to dual boot Android and Windows – even replace Android with Android. Now these items are not recommended unless you already support the hardware – you should be careful even if you do.