Using Android apps on Windows 8

By Chris Cook - Apr 24, 2013

We live in an app-dominated world and it could be disheartening to note that the latest device you just purchased barely has apps available for you to use. Users of the new Microsoft Surface Pro and other Windows 8 devices are sure to be in such a conundrum.

Don’t lose hope as there are ways to get at least thousands of Android apps to work on your Windows devices or even tablets that run on AMD processors. Here are some ways on how to go about doing just that:

AMD+ Bluestacks Technology = Naturally Android – Thanks to a recent AMD and BlueStacks partnership, Windows 8 users will automatically be able to leverage the huge app ecosystem that Android enjoys. BlueStacks’ LayerCake technology runs the AMD AppZone Player thereby letting its users. BlueStacks also brings up its “CloudConnect” technology – a server-based technology that lets users connect to a cloud to allow users to sync their apps and SMS (Short Messaging Service).

Bluestacks can do the heavy lifting – Windows 8 barely has about 40,000 apps and counting, which is not much in the world that’s pampered with millions of apps (such as those for Apple and Android). Even Blackberry is racing ahead with some super fast app development and that brings a lot of pressure on for Windows with new devices such as the Surface Pro.

Bluestacks is an Android emulator built for PC and Mac. It lets you use apps exclusively developed for Android thereby trying to bridge the gap for users who might want a taste of what Android has to offer. Windows 8 happens to be a natural host for Bluestacks and it has the ability to let users dive into the super pool of more than 700,000 apps available for Android.

AdroVM – an open-source code that runs on Virtual Box or VMware Workstation. Essentially, you’ll require using virtualization and running another computer inside of your computer to make this happen. It’s not for normal users though and it’d require you to have some coding and mobile technology expertise. Running AndroVM isn’t as easy as “Click and go” – you’d need to work with multiple trials and see if every single app you need works on Windows or not.

Some other geeky options include the Android x86 – another open source platform that allows you to stack up and emulate android apps on your PC. While it’s free to download, it does require a lot more than your ability to click and drag. It’s a code-heavy application and it’s best used if you are a developer or at least have access to someone who knows how to emulate apps using open- source emulators.

The need to get as many apps for Windows users is a dear one as Microsoft is still the world leader as far as the number of machines on sale goes. Not having apps on the market place could literally put a crunching stop to the hitherto undefeated juggernaut.

Our final verdict, however, unequivocally goes to Bluestacks for a number of reasons:

  • 1. It’s easy to get started with Bluestacks without any need for coding or developer tricks.
  • 2. BlueStacks almost comes pre-welded to most modern Windows machines such as the Surface Pro.
  • 3. In cases where you cannot automatically use BlueStacks’ LayerCake technology to use Android apps on your Windows 8 Devices, you can at least use the cloud-based version of Bluestacks.
  • 4. Since most of Bluestacks technology is on the cloud, your apps – complete with any resident data in it – stays with you especially when you decide to sell your laptop.

How do you plan to run your Android apps on your Windows Machine? What tricks do you have up your sleeve to make it happen?

Thanks to Jeff Davis, who is living in California and currently associated with Quick Laptop Cash – A place for selling laptop online. He has been into this field since last 6 years and responsible for troubleshoot issues; interact to discuss projects, technology solutions. When he is not working, he enjoys hanging out with his beautiful wife.

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  • Yeah, Windows 8 doesn’t have as many apps as Android, but the thing is, Windows 8 still has thousands more TABLET-apps. It’s a needle in haystack thing to search for any kind of good, or even decent apps especially for the 10″ Android tablets. I know cause I’m struggling with this all the time. Using an Android tablet makes you feel kinda dumb for buying the thing, since it mostly feels like you’re using a huge phone with all those phone-optimized apps or apps that have way too small text to be enjoyable.

    Also, Windows 8 already has so many awesome apps that are nowhere to be found on Android, or anything like it. I’d suspect they won’t be found on iOS either.

    Apps like MINE for Facebook, Vinyle, Discourse, News Bento, Newsy, Vimeo, YouTubeRT, YouTube+, Twitter, Rowi, Gleek, MetroTwit, YouTubeTV, LiveOnTV (FilmOn), Stevie, Toolbox, Fliptoast, StreamCast, Nokia Music, TubeMusic, YouTubeDJ, CineTrailer, Nook, Free Books, Everyday Food, Epicurious, Cook Book, Sweet’n’Spicy, The Bing apps like People, Mail, Travel and News, and so many others are just something so beautifully done and simply awesome something that you can’t find on any other platform.
    I’m in trouble with my two Android tablets, cause I can’t find all that many good apps for them and basically almost every app that’s gorgeous on Windows 8, aren’t all that nice on Android. For my Windows 8 laptop I’ve found already so much more that I love to use every day.
    Basically the only thing that Android kind of excels a Windows 8 tablet is gaming. But still, you’d better be sure you have a good tablet that will play the games decently, as all Android tablets definitely won’t. Plus, it’s really hard to find anything all that special on the trashy Android stores especially for tablets, cause yet again, all the apps are MADE FOR PHONES, not tablets.
    With Windows 8 you can bet you’ll get the best tablet app experience there is cause unlike Android they’re all made for the big screen in mind.
    Of course with iOS it’s different and there are so many more tablet apps, and all the apps are better optimized for the tablets, but with iPads the question for me is, do I really want to pay as much for an iPad than I could for a nice Windows 8 hybrid with none of that horrible browsing experience that tablets usually have? Plus, you get both a 7″ and a 10″ Android tablet with just the price of one iPad, so to me it’s there and there if it’s really all that good a deal.