Android on PC: how it can be implemented?
One of the most important news, which brought the exhibition CES 2014 in early this year, was due to the fact that Intel announced its favors to the so-called Dual OS devices (two operating systems). The first commercial fruits of this interesting ideas already available on the market, but really the joint work of Windows and Android on a normal computer for quite a long time.
At the moment there is not one but several ways to use Android on your PC. Moreover, you can even run applications developed for mobile operating system from Google.
Of course, not all of these methods affordable and suitable for users without special knowledge, but interesting fact anyway is that they exist. So if you want to try what Android on a PC here are some interesting options.
We start of course, with the best: BlueStacks. In practice, this program that runs under Windows, but allows you to use Android applications in a window or in full screen mode, and it also includes a simple algorithm to download and install apps from Google Play.
Of course, BlueStacks will not be able to replace your operating system but this is not necessarily a bad thing, especially in light of the fact that the majority of Dual OS devices that allow you to switch between the two operating systems with one click, now very unreliable and do not work particularly well. BlueStacks, on the contrary, ensures smooth implementation of extremely wide range of Android apps, including games, which are surprisingly good.
If you search the Internet, you will find other similar programs, such as YouWave and Windroy but they can’t boast of any stability or performance offered by BlueStacks.
Official Android emulator
A software framework created by Google and designed specifically for people who develop Android applications. The emulator is part of the official SDK (Software Development Kit), and its main goal is to give developers the opportunity to test their Android apps within the Windows environment.
However, the emulator is something more – with it you can run Android itself and «play» with it under Windows. The main disadvantage of this method is that by itself, the emulator is quite slow, making it quite unsuitable for everyday use.
This is a very promising project, developed entirely on a voluntary basis and its aim is to ensure the possibility of using Android on any computer, both on the Intel architecture, and AMD.
He initially gained popularity thanks to the support of the old models of computers including ASUS Eee, Viewsonic Viewpad 10, Del Inspiron Mini Duo, Samsung Q1U, Viliv S5, and Lenovo ThinkPad x61 Tablet.
As you can see, the list of officially supported devices is quite short, so one of the key shortcomings of Android-x86 is limited support. In addition, the project still does not offer a stable release, though is constantly evolving. So there is no guarantee that the installation will go smoothly.
Android on Intel
This project is very similar to the Android-x86 with the difference that it is a formal, microprocessor giant Intel in the face. However, as Android-x86 design from Intel, too, can boast of final stable version. However, there is a chance that someday we will see him as part of a future line Dual OS devices.
The range of supported models, where you can try Android on Intel, also a very narrow and includes the Samsung XE700T, Acer Iconia W700, and Lenovo X220T / X230T.
In conclusion, I repeat the last two alternatives are not stable enough. In addition, the process of installation requires some knowledge and skills. Thus, if you want to try Android on your computer, the best option remains the BlueStacks emulator.