WindowsAndroid lets you run Android natively within Windows

By on January 25, 2013, 4:00 PM

It’s already possible to run Android apps on Windows PCs thanks to a clever little app called BlueStacks. But now a group of Chinese developers are looking to take it a step further by actually allowing you to run the entire Android 4.0.3 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system, complete with Google Play support, as a native application on your on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machine.

For now the project is still very much in development and as such it still requires a lot of tweaking to get things working properly. For instance, the Google Play Store needs to be side-loaded separately, and once you get that running most apps will still show up as incompatible since they don’t recognize your computer as a valid Android device. A thread on Reddit offers some guidance on how to get around this problem.

WindowsAndroid provides users with a stock Android user interface and leverages the Dalvik virtual machine to run Android apps. Since there’s no need for emulation apps can reportedly take advantage of your system’s hardware and graphics card for hardware acceleration. The program will support most screen resolutions and those that don’t have a touch screen can use their mouse and keyboard to navigate the interface.

Running Android on a desktop will have little to no practical use for most people, but the project itself seems interesting nonetheless and it’s worth a look if you haven’t had a chance to play with the platform yet. To try it out you’ll need to fill out a form on the developer’s site to get a download link on your inbox.




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4 people like this | Chazz said:

"Running Android on a desktop will have little to no practical use for most people, but the project itself seems interesting nonetheless and it?s worth a look if you haven?t had a chance to play with the platform yet. To try it out you?ll need to fill out a form on the developer?s site to get a download link on your inbox."

SO, say you have a surface pro. Not only do you have Windows Apps, you now have Androids apps as well. You can't complain about windows lack of apps in their ecosystem while using this. Very interesting.

psycros psycros said:

"Running Android on a desktop will have little to no practical use for most people, but the project itself seems interesting nonetheless and it?s worth a look if you haven?t had a chance to play with the platform yet. To try it out you?ll need to fill out a form on the developer?s site to get a download link on your inbox."

SO, say you have a surface pro. Not only do you have Windows Apps, you now have Androids apps as well. You can't complain about windows lack of apps in their ecosystem while using this. Very interesting.

You might try reading the article again. Slowly. In fact, you might try reading everything that way.

Chazz said:

I don't understand how I read this incorrectly. It'd be nice if you elaborated instead of just calling me retarded.

"A thread on Reddit offers some guidance on how to get around this problem."

Even if the workaround only half works, you could be rest assured that'd get more peoples attention and this could still lead to the same outcome. This could do well on XDA(or any hacking scene), as the windows devs there are barely hacking anything. This has potential, imo. I mean, the Surface Pro isn't even out yet.

Justgivemeaname said:

I don't understand how I read this incorrectly. It'd be nice if you elaborated instead of just calling me retarded.

"A thread on Reddit offers some guidance on how to get around this problem."

Even if the workaround only half works, you could be rest assured that'd get more peoples attention and this could still lead to the same outcome. This could do well on XDA(or any hacking scene), as the windows devs there are barely hacking anything. This has potential, imo. I mean, the Surface Pro isn't even out yet.

"as a native application on your on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machine."

That's why he said read it again slowly. It's for desktops, not tablets.

Chazz said:

"as a native application on your on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machine."

That's why he said read it again slowly. It's for desktops, not tablets.

And surface Pro runs Windows 8........... The full version. Wait, do you guys not know anything about Windows 8? I thought everyone have been bashing it for actual reasons and not just talking out of their ass.

Justgivemeaname said:

And surface Pro runs Windows 8........... The full version. Wait, do you guys not know anything about Windows 8? I thought everyone have been bashing it for actual reasons and not just talking out of their ass.

I'll bet you that this will not run on the surface, pro or otherwise. It may have the full version of Windows 8, but you are still limited by the environment in which it runs.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Looks like it could be useful. Bluestacks is a good idea, but what I tried of it was pretty crappy and, worse, uninstallable. So an alternative won't be bad.

Still very much work in progress, but I agree with Chazz, it could be pretty nice for Windows tablets. I imagine it could also be extended to Windows RT.

Chazz said:

I'll bet you that this will not run on the surface, pro or otherwise. It may have the full version of Windows 8, but you are still limited by the environment in which it runs.

What limitations are there? I'm not gonna say you're wrong, it's just that I don't see any. There is nothing, as far as I know, preventing you from side loading app on the "pro" versions of windows tablets. Android supports touch, and I know that their apps are compiled for ARM, but I thought the point of this is to enable you to use these app on your x86 system. I'm under the impression that these tablets will use windows 8, the same as I'm using to write this. The hardware doesn't matter, if the foundation is the same.

dotVezz said:

I'll bet you that this will not run on the surface, pro or otherwise. It may have the full version of Windows 8, but you are still limited by the environment in which it runs.

What limitations are there?

I'm with you. The Surface Pro doesn't have any more limitations than any other similar tablet, or an ultrabook (except of course the physical differences.

I personally have a Samsung Series 7 Slate, which runs Win9 wonderfully on its second-generation i5 and 4GB of DDR3. The Surface Pro is significantly higher-specced than what I have, so it should have even less of an issue with "limitations"

TL R: You're right, the surface pro is a full-fledged PC in a small package.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

How long before we have Windows running natively within Android?

OortCloud said:

Chazz you are absolutely right.

Keep reading at the speed you are it's not you with the problem!

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