Project WindowsAndroid Lets you run Android 4.0 Natively on your Windows PC
Yet another project to bring Android to your PC has cropped up, yet this one has an edge on the others since it appears to be full blown Android running natively. WindowsAndroid is a project by Beijing-based startup SocketeQ that’s been under development for years and looks quite promising.
WindowsAndroid isn’t an emulator and unlike BlueStacks, runs the entire OS, well beyond just apps. Anyone running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, can download the early version of WindowsAndroid from SocketQ or any other available mirror.
SocketQ says it’s working on getting out a newer version of Android, presumable Jelly Bean, as the current version running is Android 4.0.3. Currently listed features of WindowsAndroid include:
- 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.
For those of you looking to test out some apps, APK files can be dropped into the windowsandroid_root\data\app directory. From there, a simple restart of WindowsAndroid should do the trick.
I’m hoping to get some time with WindowsAndroid over the weekend and post up a hands-on, but in the meantime, feel free to download it on your own and start tinkering.
This project could be a great tool for those looking for a native Android experience on their PC, and so it’s a project we’ll keep our eyes on.