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