Run Android Ice Cream Sandwich on a Windows PC using WindowsAndroid
The Android platform has come a long way from the time when in 2008, under her management, was released the first smartphone. Now this operating system primarily used on mobile devices, but the market is not enough, and other types of devices, based on Android Smart TVs, car infotainment systems, hand held computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi), etc.
The ability to use Android on the personal computer can be very useful, especially given the huge ecosystem of applications for mobile OSes from Google. It immediately comes to mind is a program BlueStacks that allows you to run numerous Android apps in full screen mode on computers running Windows. But if you want to use the full Android operating system on a computer running Windows, turn your attention to the program WindowsAndroid. It is an Android emulator that delivers the full experience with Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich under Windows, complete with apps, widgets and settings.
Note that you can run Android on Windows using an official emulator that comes with Android SDK, but on most computers it runs very slow, what can be said about WindowsAndroid. This emulator includes some pre-installed apps and allows you to install other. However, keep in mind that Play Store is not supported, so install the application in another way.
When you launch the app, you will be greeted by a familiar screen lock ICS. With the mouse and hold the lock and drag it to the edge of the circle. Unlocking OS, you will be taken directly to the main screen with the clock in the center and click to open the menu with apps in the upper right corner. To switch between screens, hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor right or left. In General, there are 5 screens on which you can place widgets and app shortcuts.
The number of pre-installed apps browser, calculator, calendar, gallery, settings and other standard Android apps, with the exception of Google’s applications (Play store, Gmail, etc.). Menu «Widgets» to view available widgets and place them on the home screen.
Other apps you can install by copying the APK files into the following directory: C:SocketeQwindowsandroid_rootdataapp
Copying the APK file of any application, it is installed automatically the next time you run WindowsAndroid.
Now the app is in an early stage of development, and during our test buggy. However, the speed is much higher than the official Android emulator, so we will wait and hope that the developer will solve the stability issues.