Sunday, April 27, 2014
How to use the Andy App Player to play Android Apps on PC or Laptop
If you’ve read my article on the BlueStacks App Player entitled “How to use the BlueStacks App Player to play Android Apps on PC or Laptop - Bluestacks App Player is The Great Gatsby for Android”, then you’d have realized it has a curious limitation. BlueStacks App Player runs a lot like an Emulator and is nothing like Google Android on your smartphone as it doesn’t support multi-touch on touchscreens as well as Remote Desktop Access.
Enter Andy, the full software that can fully emulate the Google Android experience on your PC or Laptop as explained in “Use Andy to emulate Android on your Desktop”, published April 25, 2014 10:11 AM PDT by Rick Broida, CNET News.
Albeit I’m not a fan of Google Android, for those of you wondering what the Google Android Operating System looks like on a Tablet, you can use this emulator to basically get a feel for a Tablet Environment. Not to mention remotely control your computer from your Google Android smartphones as the picture below clearly suggests.
Andy’s Developers are a pair based in California led by CEO Yossi Fishler with Eyal Fishler, his brother doing most of the programming according to their Andy About page. This clever program not only allows for a non-Android user to simulate an Android Tablet or Smartphone and run Android apps, but also can act as offline storage for your smartphone apps, should you run out of storage space on your SD Card on your smartphone.
Simulations are always best before committing to buying an Android Tablet or smartphone and eventually cracking the Screen, for which I have a solution anyway as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to Repair a Broken Screen on a Smartphone or Tablet”.
Learning to clean your Tablet is also another handy lesson that you’ll need to care for your Tablet as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to make your own Cleaning Fluid and Cleaning Tips for your Smartphone or Tablet”, pun unintended.
So too is learning how to Backup the contents of your Blackberry to be placed on their new home on an Apple iPhone, Apple iPad or Google Android smartphone or Tablet as stated in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to transfer Phone Contacts and Data from your Blackberry to your Apple iPhone or Google Android smartphone or Tablet”.
How to install and use Andy – Android and Windows Live-OS swappable Project looks more possible
Here’s the steps, very much akin to the installation of the BlueStacks App Player:
1. Download Andy, which will take awhile
2. Install Andy, which will also take awhile
3. Sign into Andy using your Google Account
4. Sign into 1ClickSync Service using your Google Account to allow for synchronization between your PC or Laptop and your Google Android smartphone
5. Download and install the Andy Remote Control APK file on your smartphone to allow you to remotely control your Desktop from your smartphone
At this point you should be able to see the Android Tablet interface and be able to use the controls to change form portrait to landscape mode. If you have a touchscreen Laptop or Desktop PC screen, you can interact more directly via multi-touch gestures, which Andy supports.
Andy is a great step-up from the BlueStacks App Player, especially as it throws in Remote Desktop Access as an added bonus. Android users should be thrilled that Andy has come to their rescue. Even more interesting is that the software programming behind Andy can also be expanded to create a Live-OS environment that allows you to run and switch between Google Android and Windows OS.
This is similar to what the US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 could have achieved were it allowed to live as I’d predicted in my blog article entitled “Microsoft and Google kill US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 - One Love Kickstarter Project for Developers and Hardware Modders to Breathe life into The Art of the Steal”.
Here’s the link: