Running certain Android apps on your desktop is nothing new with Bluestacks, but now you can get the whole Android OS running on your PC. While Google and Intel work together to ensure that Android can run on devices with Intel’s Atom chips for phones and tablets, the Android-x86 team has been making good on its mission to let you run the open source operating system on traditional PCs.
Download the latest version of android from Android-x86 website.We will install this Android OS in a VirtualBox. You can download the Virtual box for Windows, Mac or Linux according to your choice. Go through the standard installation process of VirtualBoxand you should be good to go.
After installing the virtual box just launch the software. Click on New icon on the upper left corner of the software. Give it a name and click on Next.
Give it at least 512MB of RAM if you can, though Android-x86 can run on 256MB of RAM if you’re using a resource-strapped PC. The more memory you can spare, the smoother the results will run. Create a virtual hard drive using the default options, adding more storage if you wish.
After you are finished, just lauch the new Virtual Machine that you created by clicking on Start. Now Click on Browse icon and choose the Android Os that you downloaded, should be in .iso format.
Press Enter to select Create/Modify partitions on the next screen as well. Just navigate to New and press Enter again. Select Primary as the partition type, and then press Enter once more to set the partition to the default size. Make it Bootable, now your scree should like this.
Enter on Write and a warning appears that writing to disk will wipe any data already on the disk. Type yes, and then press Enter yet again. You will see the following screen.
Quit that screen now and return to the Choose Partition screen, which now lists the ‘sda1’ partition you created on the virtual hard drive. Press Enter again. Select ext3, press Enter, and select Yes when asked if you really want to format the disk. Again select yes to “Do you want to install boot loader GRUB?”
There you go, you have successfully installed Android on your Virtual Box. Now just Run Android-x86.
Go-ahead and setup your Android Os as you would set up a normal Android phone. Don’t expect a flawless experience with Android OS. Fortunately, this OS ships with Google Play installed, and most apps works fine.
The main problem with this OS is that, the apps are made especially for Smartphones which are meant to be used by touching and using it on desktop is just annoying sometimes. But yes, I have installed it and I like it pretty much. Try it and give us your feedback. Did you like it or not? What problem did you face while or after installing?
See the video below if you need more help.