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Android on Windows 10

Android on Windows 10

Did you ever want to run a game that you are addicted to from your Android on your PC? That way, you wouldn’t need to destroy your sight (more than you are used to). On the other side, for business purposes, such as developer, you might need to do some tests on Android, but your phone isn’t handy, right? That’s why running Android on Windows 10 is a crucial feature that can be accomplished differently. Microsoft, one of the giants of the tech industry, was always an open-minded company. Recently they are developing more and more applications for Android and iOS devices. Then they concluded that it would be a fantastic feature to run those apps on your Windows 10 operating system. According to “Forbes,” which analyses supply-chain metrics, new Microsoft dual-screen Centaurus laptops will be connected to the Android apps.  

This project, called “ Project Latte,” is meant to be live in late 2021. The idea is to run the program through WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). WSL is already built-in and allows users to run Linux operating system within Windows. Primarily it’s designed for developers, but since Android is a Linux-based operating system, that’s why building on top of WSL is a potentially great solution. This would mean that instead of changing codes significantly in apps for Windows, developers will be able to transfer apps from Android to Windows without any changes. That will bring us many useful and popular apps available on Windows as soon as the “Project Latte” is live. 

To run the Android app properly, it’s not all about just supporting Linux. Many applications rely on APIs (Application Programming Interface), in this case, Google Play Services. You know, that thing that gets updated now and then on your phone. Now they are trying to find a compromise, should they run their apps through Google Play Services, which are currently for most apps restricted, or should they find some other solution. It’s yet to be seen, but knowing what Microsoft is, this will be a significant improvement. 

In the meantime, until this project is live, we would like to show you a couple of alternative ways for using Android apps on your Windows 10. Since the last similar project, “Astoria,” in 2016 failed, we think these alternatives will come in handy.

How to run Android apps on Windows 10? 

1. Screen mirror 

The easiest yet not that useful feature is always screen mirroring. To do that, you should get Your Phone app >> <<. 

After installing an application on your device, simply follow the instructions given in the app, and you are ready to go. Unfortunately, Apple is still protecting its system, and it’s harder to get access to it, primarily through external applications. With this application, you’ll be able to transfer photo and video files instantly, check your messages, notifications, and many more. If you are planning to play games, it’s not a perfect solution. It may have some graphical delays, and it may be blurry, but it’s just fine for quick access. 

2. BlueStacks

Through the years, it became one of the best emulators of its kind. If you are not looking for an “Android” look, this is an excellent choice for you. Features of this app are allowing you to run games and applications without any interruptions. To get the best out of the app, it would be good to check in and enable Intel VT-x or AMD- V in your BIOS, of course, if supported. 

After downloading and installing the application, simply open the launcher, and from there, you can get directly to Play Store. All apps that you downloaded will be visible in the launcher and your Windows Desktop as shortcuts. Of course, when they say it’s too good to be true, it most probably isn’t? In this case, they are right. Like many other apps, it comes with ads, which can be very annoying. Luckily they are not that intensive like they used to be, but anyway, for a small price that you can pay to remove them, you will get the best out of this experience. 


3. Genymotion

If you are planning to use this software as a developer, be ready to pay for it. But as a free user, you can simply download the app from the website and register to get it. You will need to have Virtual Box on your PC/laptop or download a Virtual Box package included for this app. During the installation process, just make sure that you check “ For personal use” not to get asked to pay for it. After installing, pick a device template. Make sure to choose the right one to have exact screen resolution, software version, and resources like on your phone. You’ll be able to edit the home screen, launch apps, and even use GPS location and many more. 

It’s not that good option as BlueStacks, but it’s excellent for exploring, testers, and checking other features.

Tips & Conclusion 

Our primary choice would be BlueStacks, at least until Windows set everything up for a big launch this year! After that, your imagination is the only thing that can limit your success. We are tipping that “Project Latte” will be live in autumn 2021, but let’s be patient and prepare ourselves to use its features to the fullest. Until then, let us know in the comment section what your thoughts are on “Project Latte” and what do you see as a potential benefit. 

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