Sunday, March 24, 2013

How to Run Android Games and Apps on Windows PC

If you are an Android Fan and want to run your favorite Android applications on your Windows PC then you have come to the right place. Running Android games and apps on Windows PC is now possible by using the software:
  1. BlueStacks App Player Beta
  2. Youwave

Running Android Applications using BlueStacks App Player

BlueStacks
BlueStacks
BlueStacks is company developing software to bring Android applications right on your desktop PC. BlueStacks has developed its latest App Player Beta which works on its “LayerCake” technology and can run Android apps and games in full screen and windowed mode. It has won the Best Software Award at CES 2012. The software allows you to run your Android apps and games right on your desktop PC that you might enjoy on your Android smartphone or tablet. It comes with some preloaded Android apps and millions are available for download. It also allows you to sync apps from your smartphone or tablet to your PC. You can enjoy those Android apps also on your PC that you have purchased for your Android device. This software also has a virtual accelerometer support which can be controlled by the arrow keys of the keyboard. So this software is just like an Emulator for an Android Device.

Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP/ Windows Vista/ Windows 7/ Windows 8 (All 32bit. Does not work on 64bit)
Processor: Intel Pentium 1.66 GHz CPU or higher
RAM: 1GB 2GB
Graphics: 500 MB

Advantages

  1. Runs most of the Android Apps on Windows PC
  2. Can synchronize apps between Windows and Android
  3. Has accelerometer support (can be controlled by the arrow keys of the keyboard)
  4. Supports full screen and windowed mode.

Disadvantages

  1. Runs only on 32bit systems
  2. Does not run on a system having RAM less than 2GB

Download

You can download the latest version of BlueStacks for free from the below link:

How to Install and Use

  1. First download the BlueStacks App Player installer from the above link and the run the executable file thus downloaded.
  2. The installer will start. Then just accept the license agreement and click Next.
  3. Then choose Install, the installer will download the required files and will complete the installation.
  4. After the installation, start BlueStacks from the All Programs of the Start button of your Windows.
  5. Just wait and after that you will see the welcome screen of the Bluestacks App Player.
  6. To run an apk file, just double click on it.
  7. Enjoy running Android Apps on Windows.
BlueStacks-Angry Birds on Windows
BlueStacks-Angry Birds on Windows

Running Android Apps Using YouWave

YouWave
YouWave
If you are using a 64bit system then you have to spend some money to enjoy Android Apps on your Windows PC. YouWave is paid software which can run Android Apps and can provide Apps Stores for app download right on your Windows PC. You can download thousands of apps within YouWave. It is actually an Android Device emulator for Windows. It supports Android 4.0 ICS and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. One can save app data using Simulated SD card functionality which gives fast restart. It supports multiplayer online games. It has volume control buttons like Android and has retractable control panel. It gives actual Android experience on PC.

Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP/ Windows Vista/ Windows 7/ Windows 8 (32/64bit)
Processor: Intel Pentium 1.66 GHz CPU or higher
RAM: 1.5GB DRAM (2GB recommended)
Hard Disk Space Required: More than 500 MB

Advantages

  1. Runs most of the Android Apps on Windows PC
  2. Runs on 64bit Windows PC
  3. Has own Android App Store
  4. Supports Android 4.0 ICS and Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  5. Has simulated SD Card functionality for saving app data
  6. Supports multiplayer online games
  7. Has retractable control panel

Disadvantages

  1. Requires at least 1.5 GB of RAM.

Download Trial

You can download the trial for 10 days for the latest version of YouWave from the below links:

YouWave Basic (latest version) Price:$14.99 Android Version 2.3 Gingerbread (Size:107 MB)
YouWave Home (latest version) Price:$19.99 Android Version 4.0.4 ICS (Size:153 MB)

How to Use

  1. Just download and install.
  2. Double Click the Android Apps to run.
  3. Enjoy!
YouWave interface on Windows
YouWave interface on Windows
You can also use WindowsAndroid which is much better than the above two, to experience Android on Windows.

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