For users wanting to enjoy Android OS and apps on Windows, options were limited. The only good stable alternative until recently was Bluestack, but that is about to change with WindowsAndroid.
The guys at Socketeq successfully made it possible to natively run Google’s mobile OS into the Windows kernel. This means that now Android can run inside of Windows without having the need of a virtual environment. Furthermore, not having a virtual software layer results on apps being very responsive and making them feels like if they were native to Windows.
According to the developer, WindowsAndroid doesn’t need a simulator and it keeps all the mobile’s OS capabilities.
The Socketeq’s software runs on Windows 8, 7 and Vista, and it supports virtually any screen resolution. To get it up and running is also a straightforward process, just download the bits from the source web page (note that you’ll need to fill out a small form and a download link will be emailed to you), run the installation, and start Google Android OS from your Windows desktop.
It is worth noting that this build of WindowsAndroind is in its alpha stages. As such, it might not work as you would expect; glitches and some errors may occur — I know this first hand, as I’m still having problems running the software in the lab –. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to create backup of your system before testing this software.
The benefits are great, not only will be able to play with Android on your desktop, but you will also be able to run thousands of apps, including 3D games, with a great performance.