Previously we featured a technology that allows people to run Android apps on the Windows platform using BlueStacks technology. Today, another technology coming from Beijing based startup company SocketeQ also allows Android apps to run on Windows. The tool they have developed is called WindowsAndroid and it allows you to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as a native application on any Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer.
Here’s the official list of features of WindowsAndroid
- Current ported Android version is 4.0.3r1, new version is being developed.
- Can run on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- Has exactly the same user experience with the original Android2.
- Integrated with Windows’ applications, such as Flash, Windows Media Player, etc.
- Supports any UI resolution, such as 1920×1080
- Supports windowing mode or full-screen mode, window scaling in windowing mode, and switching between windowing mode and full screen mode.
- Supports IO devices such as mouse, keyboard, remote control.
- Supports Ethernet, pppoe.
This tool isn’t complete yet and is still in a work in development. This does not meant that it isn’t usable though as the company has made it possible for anyone to download it and try it out. To get the early release you’ll need to fill out the download form. The installer is 64 MB in size and requires around 300 MB of hard drive space. If everything goes smoothly the whole process of signing up, downloading and installing the tool in your computer will only take 15 minutes.
Right now there is still no access to Google Play since Google doesn’t recognize the hardware. Hopefully the company will be able to resolve this in future updates of the tool. You will however be able to side-load Android apps by placing the APK files in the windowsandroid_root\data\app directory and then restarting the tool.
SocketeQ says that they are working on integrating more features into WindowsAndroid such as media playback, OpenGL ES based on Desktop Open GL and full app running support.
As of now though expect to see a couple of bugs here and there when using this tool.