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Installing And Configuring Google Android 4.3 x86 On VirtualBox For Better Performance

The quick and dirty Google Android 4.3 installation instructions for Windows shared earlier were not perfect and resulted in slow performance. Free virtualization utility Virtualbox offers an superior alternative to QEMU based virtualization used in the previous approach offering much superior working experience and performance benefits. Here's a complete picture-guide to get Google Android 4.3 x86 working in Windows using Oracle VirtualBox.

Google Android 4.3 inside virtualbox

Google Android 4.3 Ported to x86 Architecture : Simple No Installation Trick To Run Under Windows On Any Desktop or Laptop

Using Android on a Desktop PC can have multiple usage scenarios, for example testing of android applications, mobile-websites or using Android applications and games like WhatsApp from PC. While using a virtual machine is an easy way to get what's needed, it results in performance degradation, being an open-source project there are now native x86 architecture ports available for PC users like SocketQ and Project Android-x86.

When Google released Android 4.3 last week, the Android-x86 team got to the work and ported the brand new OS upgrade for x86 hardware, and we now have an ready to download test build of Android 4.3 for x86 platform.

Google Android 4.3 On Windows 7 Using QEMU

With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean source, new 3.10.2 linux kernel and support for hardware-accelerated graphics on devices with AMD Radeon and Intel graphics chipsets the test build has almost all features enabled from the upgrade except Superuser (root) access and non-functional Suspend and resume support. Watch the demonstration video running Android 4.3 natively on an Acer Aspire 522 mini-laptop posted below, also shared is a simple "novice friendly trick" to test-run this new Android build under Windows with a few clicks and no additional software installation.

Installing WhatsApp On Windows Computer

The super popular free messaging service WhatsApp recently updated their application on Apple iOS platform seizing support for all iOS version older then v 4.3; Users on older Apple hardware are stuck with no option, but to leave the WhatsApp community as the application simply refuses to work on old iOS version.

A possible trick to be a part of WhatsApp community is to use the application on your Windows computer with comfort of your keyboard and mouse. Here is how you can install and use WhatsApp on a Windows computer.

WhatsApp Applications

SocketQ Goes Beyond BlueStacks, Lets Android 4.0 Run Natively On PC

BlueStacks would be the most widely known emulator for running Android on Windows PC, and now there is a new entry to this niche named SocketQ's WindowsAndroid. However, there is a HUGE difference between the two - unlike BlueStacks which uses a virtual environment to host Android in Windows environment, SocketQ's WindowsAndroid is a full native port of Android to MS Windows architecture.

Running Android as an native Windows application allow Android to make use of full hardware and
graphics acceleration with high performance media codecs available to Windows PC. This not only offers higher performance but also integration with Windows’ applications like Flash, Windows Media Player, etc. Do checkout the demonstration video below.

Windows Android

BlueStacks - A Free Utility To Run Android Applications On Windows PC

BlueStacks LogoThe application eco-system of Google's mobile operating-system Android is increasing by leaps-and-bound everyday, to take advantage of this ever-increasing application base virtualization on platforms like Windows OS is already getting attention. To get things moving forward on the front, a new software application for Windows platform BlueStacks is out now enabling users to run android applications on Windows computers.

Android Apps On Windows

BlueStacks allows users to run Android OS apps on Windows PCs with instant switching between the two. BlueStacks helps PC manufacturers to ride the Android momentum by enabling Android apps on x86-based tablets, netbooks, notebooks, convertibles and AiO Windows PCs. With the new hybrid convertible form factors, BlueStacks completely eliminates the need to carry two devices. The end consumer benefits from getting both Android and Windows at the price of a single PC.

Myriad Alien Dalvik To Enable Android Apps On Non-Android Platforms

Application eco-system is the biggest advantage of today's smartphone market, Google Android just surpassed Apple iOS in terms of total usage - with this added advantage of wider audience the Android application eco-system is bound to expand as more developers come-in to get advantage of this large user-base. To makes things even more interesting and favoring for the Android app. eco-system, Myriad the team behind Dalvik Turbo virtual machine has demonstrated "Alien Dalvik" virtualization which allows Android applications to run on non-android platforms like Nokia N900 (MeeGo) without any modifications at same performance levels.

Dalvik Turbo Virtual Machine Demo

Alien Dalvik is scheduled to get unveiled at upcoming Mobile World Congress and an official demonstration video is already out showing it in action.

Try Out Google Android Online Using T-Mobile G1 Emulator

Want to see how Google's much anticipated open-source mobile platform Google Android works, try the platform online from comfort of your home using T-Mobile G1 Emulator, the flash based phone emulator lets you try all the phone functions, use the third option to start the emulator as shown below, don't forget to try cool side scrolling interface from the home screen.

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