Android Virtualization on a PC is a Reality!

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm by Donna Warren

Virtualization has been the rage for a couple of years now among ordinary computer users especially since Apple made it possible to run a virtual windows machine on their hardware so they could win over converts that wanted to run Windows applications that can’t run on Apple’s operating system.

Now BlueStack has introduced software that lets Android run on windows computers in a virtual machine. That means that you can switch back and forth between your Windows apps and your android apps with the click of a mouse or a tap on the screen. You can also use your windows drivers and utilities to let the Android apps print to your PCs printer or use its scanner, etc.

While the virtual Android machine can’t access the Android marketplace, it can access the Amazon Appstore where it can find many of the same apps as well as many that are not on the Android marketplace.

Of course, if the android application only works with a touch screen, it will not work unless you have a touch capable display screen on your windows PC. But if you have a laptop, tablet or desktop with a touch screen, Bluestacks lets you access thousands of touch screen applications from your windows computer.

For a technical geek like me, I’m in heaven. Now I can run my virtual Linux OS, my virtual Leopard OS and now my virtual Android OS machines on my windows computer.

How cool is that!

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