Run Android apps on Windows 10 PC with AMIDuOS

Want to run your favorite Android apps on your Windows 10 desktop, laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 system? It's easy with AMIDuOS.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer

Want to run your favorite Android apps on your Windows 10 desktop, laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 system? It's easy with AMIDuOS.

Getting up and running is simple. You download and install the utility, and then you're ready to run Android apps. That's all there is to it. No configuration, and no messing about. You have a 100 percent native Android operating system running on your Windows 10 PC or tablet (also supports Windows 7 and 8/8.1). As such, you're getting the full Android experience, which includes multitouch and gesture support for pinch and zoom, a full-featured software keyboard, and even compass and GPS functionality, which allows you to run mapping and navigation apps.

Since AMIDuOS uses virtualization technology as opposed to a dual-boot solution, you can switch between Windows and Android apps seamlessly without having to close what you're doing in one OS to get to the other.

You can even place shortcuts to Android apps on the Windows Start menu for ease of access.

Virtualization also facilitates easy file sharing between Windows and Android, so there are no boundaries between you and your data. AMIDuOS also supports SD card emulation and allows you to configure the SD card using an easy-to-use configuration tool.

AMIDuOS comes pre-installed with stock Android apps and the Amazon App Store, but if you want the Google Play Store then this can be easily installed to provide access to popular apps such as Gmail. For power users there is also a quick and easy way to enable root mode.

AMIDuOS comes with an initial 30-day free trial, then and beyond that a lifetime license will set you back $10 for the Jellybean Android version, and $15 for Lollipop.

I'll be honest with you, I don't use this utility a lot, but when I want to test out an app, often it is quicker for me to download and install the app into AMIDuOS than it is to use an Android device. In fact, with AMIDuOS I'm usually done before the tablet has even booted up.

AMIDuOS requires the following modest system specs:

  • x86 processor
  • 32 or 64-bit Windows 7/8/8.1
  • OpenGL 3.0 and above
  • Hardware Virtualization Technology needs to be enabled in BIOS
  • Minimum 2GB of system RAM, though 3GB is recommended for best performance
  • Minimum 2GB of hard disk free space

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