Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/179691/4-ways-to-run-android-on-your-pc-and-make-your-own-dual-os-system/
Intel is now interested in pushing “Dual OS” PCs — devices with both Windows 8 and Android on them. But you don’t have to buy a new PC to do this — you can run Android apps and even the Android operating system on your current PC.
Wrong. The best option right now is Genymotion ( http://www.genymotion.com/ Requires an account on their site and VirtualBox on your PC). It's based on Android 4.3, with builds of KitKat coming up. On the other hand, BlueStacks is still using a crippled version of Gingerbread. Genymotion is also much faster, and provides much more options easily.
You beat me too it. I was going to also mention Genymotion.
I use Genymotion for Android development (the built in emulator in Eclipse IDE is garbage), it is pretty reliable for that.
I do find however that playing games on it crashes the app alot, but that might be a configuration issue on my end.
I don't really see the point in running Android in a virtual machine, unless you are just trying to run some app from Google Play...
However, as a dual boot scenario, I see some benefits in having Android on a tablet. Android is still a better slim OS than any Windows solution, and for things like NetFlix, I'm more likely to fire up my tablet than my laptop. However, I'm betting that in that scenario, the tablet will get 95% of its use in just one OS or the other... I know I'd rarely go to Windows for day to day stuff.
I find YouWave also very stable and installed it on some office PCs for the specific purpose of easy contact between my call management team and field engineers that are using WhatsApp.
I have been testing it with other apps and to date no problems. We've been using it for almost 2 years.
YouWave doesn't work too well with ARM apps (they themselves say it's not supported).
I honestly cannot see the point in this whole dual OS. If I do end up with one I'll likely stay in Windows most of the time. What they should drop using Windows and put Linux on there instead.
I have tried all the above, and would go with Genymotion. However, because of licensing issues with Google, no more gapps in the latest version. I lucked out and was able to get 4.2.2 with gapps on version 1.03. The beauty of genymotion is the ability to change resolution easily. It is tremendously fast, and for the most part stable. I have also installed x86 to USB (4.3 testing). It has gapps, and runs good. One problem though. No root!
It's is the best out there by far.
Did I mention I am running from the USB? I installed 4.3 testing to USB with persistent file capability.
Firstly, wait, what!? From a USB drive? How?
Secondly, I don't think that'll make a difference.
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