Forget Bluestacks, WindowsAndroid puts Android 4.0 natively on your Windows machine

January 25, 2013

    WindowsAndroid
    When it comes to running Android on Windows, the popular choice is currently Bluestacks. There is nothing inherently wrong with Bluestacks. It runs Android apps fairly well and if there are apps you need to run on a PC, it works. What works better, though, is running Android natively. Now, WindowsAndroid gives you a chance to do so.

    It’s still in early development, but WindowsAndroid is already a pretty awesome tool. It works by creating a Dalvik virtual machine on the PC and running Android 4.0 inside it. We’re not talking halfway there either. This is a fully functioning Android 4.0 with settings, apps, and everything. Just like on a device.

    That said, there are some problems with it. As The Next Web points out, such an early release makes the app susceptible to crashes and other bugs. So this is definitely not ready for prime time yet.

    People can move around the interface with a mouse if they don’t have a touch screen and we imagine there are keyboard shortcuts to help out too. Right now, the Google Play Store isn’t working but you can install applications but dragging and dropping APK files into windowsandroid_root\data\app and rebooting the app. Since Android is running off of the computer hardware, the whole experience should be pretty quick.

    To get it, you’ll need to head over to SocketeQ’s official website. You go to the Download tab and fill out a quick form. Then they email you the download link. Filling out the form, downloading, and installing should take under half an hour depending on your internet speed.

    Is WindowsAndroid going to replace Bluestacks as the go to Android-on-Windows app?

    WindowsAndroid likely won’t replace Bluestacks entirely. However, the reigning Android-on-Windows champ now has some stiff competition. Given its early beta status, only the curious or the enthusiasts will probably enjoy it. When the kinks are worked out, there won’t be a better app for running Android.

    As stated, it is still quite new and quite unstable. That isn’t a reason not to try it out, but don’t expect a 100% perfect experience if you download it right now. When this gets more stable, will anyone be replacing their Bluestacks with it?

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    Comments

    • MasterMuffin

      Looks 100 times better than bluestacks! Going to check this

    • jason ritson

      my tablets 2.2 & my phones 2.3.3 so having a go with 4 will be a change

    • SeanKPS

      it crashed almost every time i did anything, after a minute. but it was still able to notice and close the offending app keeping to OS open most of the time.
      But yes, when this is stable, there will be nothing like it…

    • jeremy

      They never even sent me the email with the download. :-( Lame

      • MasterMuffin

        I’ve been waiting for over 24 hours! :(( I did it twice with different e-mails and still nothing!!

        • jeremy

          Me too. I have done it twice as well. Its been almost 24 hours. Now. Man I was excited for this.

          • MasterMuffin

            Me too! Hope the dev gets better server soon!

            • jeremy

              Did the email ever show for you?

            • MasterMuffin

              No :(

            • jeremy

              Hey I just sent another request. I got the email with the download link within about 2 seconds. Worth another shot. Its downloading for me now. :-)

            • MasterMuffin

              Congratulations, still not working for me. For some reason it doesn’t allow me to click the “submit” button anymore :O Gonna try again tomorrow

            • jeremy

              Well don’t worry my download was slow as hell. Then when it finally finished it said the package was corrupt and would not let me install it anyways so I tried again and same thing. Apparently this is not meant to be lol.

            • MasterMuffin

              Aaaand it’s down again :D

            • jeremy

              Yeah whole website is down again. I think I might just give up and give it a go when its worth using. If this ran perfect and was bug free it might be worth the hassle of trying to get it. Pretty much sounds like its just for show cant really seem to do a whole lot with it as of right now.

            • MasterMuffin

              I got it working after few tries. I have an all-in-one pc so it has a touch screen and it crashes less often when I don’t use mouse

            • jeremy

              Did you end up getting a link from there site? Or did you use the one I found? My problem is that it won’t maximize. It’s silly that it uses a phone like layout as a posed to tablet style. :-(

            • MasterMuffin

              Sorry i didn’t notice your link, I used their download. Mine is in tablet layout but it won’t maximize either, the dev will probably make it full screen later or maybe the software isn’t optimized for Full HD screen?

            • jeremy

              Ah well I guess the site is back up today so I downloaded there link incase the one I found was old. Still not in a tablet layout. :-(

            • MasterMuffin

              Some say they have phone layout, some say they have tablet. Weird, maybe little messing with the systemui and framework could help?

            • jeremy

              http://www.mediafire.com/?4b20ty22k8n49ms

              I found another link for it, but it’s only confirming what I knew. Its pretty much just a tease. Hopefully they get it working good eventually.

            • MasterMuffin

              IT’S WORKING FINALLY, you should check it out, they fixed it and now you can just download the file without any e-mail things :)

        • jeremy

          Just got a new laptop too so I’m excited to play around with it Lol.

    • jeremy

      And good lord a tablet on 2.2 You needs and update. Lol like asap! :-)

    • HellG

      “The website you were trying to reach is temporarily unavailable.”
      Doesn’t seem like a good start…

      • MasterMuffin

        the website is laggy and no e-mail never came :(

    • RarestName

      This + Splashtop + Connectify (for wireless stability) on Windows and iPad = iOS + Android :)

    • blahblah

      Their server needs an upgrade. 22kb/s for a download speed is completely unacceptable.

      • jeremy

        At least you received the link I have sent 2 requests and its been about 2 days now? A little annoying. I really wanna try this out. :-(

    • Michel

      hv a lot of bugs with windows 8 64x.

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