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How To Run Your Favorite Android Apps on Windows

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I have a friend of mine who has always been a diehard Android fan when it came to his cell phones and tablets, but always windows for his laptop. While he was over visiting we got to talking about Windows 8 running on a tablet. So I let him play around with one of my tablets. He started asking a million and one questions and for the next couple of weeks he kept emailing and texting me questions about different systems and configurations that they offer windows 8 on.

Finally the other day he swings by after work and to my surprise instead of his usual windows laptop and Android tablet he showed up with a Dell Venue 11 Pro with the detachable keyboard cover. We started talking about it and he said that the only thing he was regretting was not having some of the games he was playing on his Android tablet.

This is when I introduced him to Bluestacks. Bluestacks App Player is basically an Android emulator that they make for Windows and OSX. So we went about installing it on his system. He emailed me a couple of days later saying how much he loved the setup and that he was in the process of listing his old tablet on eBay.

If you want to install Bluestacks App Player on your system it is a very simple process:

  1. Download the appropriate install at http://www.bluestacks.com/app-player.html. During the install you do not really get offered that many options. It will prompt you to select whether you want to allow notifications or not and if you want to opt in to their newsletter.
  2. Once it is installed it will open up to its Home Screen, where you can access your installed apps. You will be using your mouse to click on the various options if you do not have a touch screen. You can play around with the basic Apps that are preloaded at this point, but to get access to the App store you need to do a little more setup.
  3. To get access to the App store you need to associate a Google account to your install so you can gain access to Google Play and download some apps. Go to “My Apps” and click on the “1-Click Sync Setup”. This will start up the wizard that will guide you through the configuration process. If you already have a Google account you can use that; if you don’t you will need to create one during this process.
  4. At this point all you need to do is use the built in App Search to find the apps you want to install and use. The built in App Search will actually search Google Play, Amazon and 1Mobile for the app you are looking for and give you the option to install it from any of the three services.
  5. As far as controls are concerned; if you are not using a touch screen it will take a little getting used to and there are various functions and shortcuts to simulate various gestures. I cannot talk about how well they work because I have only used this on a system with a touch screen.

 

By Al LaPeter

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