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Easiest Way to Run Android Apps in Windows


If you are an android developer and say you only have iPhone, you might want to test your newly developed android app in windows pc. Any one who want to try android games and android apps in Windows, this post will guide you to do so,

How to Run Android Apps in Windows

BlueStacks is currently the best way to run Android apps on Windows. It doesn’t replace your entire operating system. Instead, it runs Android apps within a window on your Windows desktop. This allows you to use Android apps just like any other program. BlueStacks also includes support for easy installation of apps from Google Play, so the process is as seamless as possible. Even better, BlueStacks runs Android apps and games with surprisingly good performance.

This solution can’t replace Windows with Android, but that’s not a bad thing — competing solutions that allow you to dual boot Android with Windows are currently unstable. This is only a solution for running Android apps on Windows.  Unlike many of the other options here, this is a fairly stable and polished experience.

Installation

You can get BlueStacks from BlueStacks.com, which offers a version for Windows 8 as well as older versions of Windows and Mac. BlueStacks also runs GetYourAppsBack.com, a riff off Google’s “Get Your Google Back” website, which offers instructions for installing the Google search app on Windows 8.

The BlueStacks App Player isn’t a Modern app, as it runs on the desktop. However, it does offer a full-screen environment that mimics Microsoft’s Modern environment on Windows 8.

Using Android Apps on Windows 8

Once it’s installed, you can launch it and search for apps to install by tapping the magnifying glass icon.

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BlueStacks needs to connect to a Google account so it can download apps from Google Play, but you can create a unique Google account just for BlueStacks from within the BlueStacks App Player, if you prefer. BlueStacks can also install apps from the Amazon Store – it will present you with a list of options when you try to install an app.

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You can also turn Android apps into windows on your desktop, something not possible with Windows 8’s Modern apps without third-party software.

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Clicks can be used to mimic touch events. For example, to swipe up in Temple Run, you could click the screen, hold the mouse down, move the cursor up, and then release the mouse button. However, touch events will feel much more natural.

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You can tap or click the home button (the BlueStacks icon) to go back to the home screen. Tap or click My Apps to view apps you have installed and launch them.

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BlueStacks definitely isn’t perfect, and proper Windows 8 apps would be preferable. However, while you probably don’t want to use Android apps in full-screen for things like Twitter on Windows 8, BlueStacks opens a whole world of touch-based Android games to Windows 8.

Android apps could also be used to add touch-based functionality to the desktop – perhaps you could run Twitter’s Android app in a window on your desktop to keep an eye on Twitter and control the small app window with touch.

Via – Howtogeek

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