Emulator applications are nothing new to the market, nor are virtualization programs. Nintendo emulators have long been available that have allowed games meant for Nintendo to be played on PC. As for Android emulators, Blustacks is one of the most well-known ones, along with programs like YouWave and GenyMotion. Similarly, virtualization software have been available for long on Windows as well as other platforms. For example, Wine is a software virtualization program that lets some Windows programs run on Linux distros. QEMU is a hardware virtualization program that emulates an entire machine. Of course, some of the most used virtualization programs include Oracle’s VirtualBox and VMware’s Player, Workstation and vSphere.
Google is said to readying a developer tool called App Runtime for Chrome, which will potentially help devs to port over their Android apps to Chrome OS without hassle. The company has already published ARC Welder, a tool that allows one to run some Android apps on Chrome. Microsoft itself is said to be prepping Project Astoria, which would allow easy porting of Android and iOS apps to Windows, but till such time as the technology materializes, there’s now one more way to try and emulate the Android environment on a Windows PC.
The world largest vendor of BIOS firmware, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), has now officially launched the 2.0 version of its AMIDuOS Pro emulator software, which allows for the creation of a virtual Android tablet on a Windows PC, thereby allowing users to run apps compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop in a desktop environment. It is worth mentioning here that the company had already launched a Jelly Bean version of the program earlier, dubbed AMIDuOS 1.1. The 2.0 version is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 and runs Android apps which are compatible with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, according to AMI. In its press release, the company specifically mentioned popular apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, DuoLingo, Real Racing 3, Plants vs Zombies 2 and Temple Run to emphasize their compatibility with AMIDuOS 2.0. The emulator software is sold as trialware, meaning, it comes with a free 30-day trial with full functionality, after which, users will need to pay $15 for a lifetime license. The earlier Jelly Bean 4.3 version can be had for even lower, at $10 for a lifelong license.
On the occasion of the launch of the software, the co-founder and president of AMI, Mr. Subramonian Shankar, said, “People should be able to run their Android apps on any device they wish. We created AMIDuOS to make it easy for anyone to get the full Android experience on their Windows machines. Now, even the most recent Android apps developed for Android 5.0.1 will run smoothly and with full compatibility on the Windows platform”. The press release from AMI also goes on to say how their engineers have tested over four thousand Android apps so that users do not have compatibility issues. The company also claims that AMIDuOS 2.0 has full support for Android Runtime, which was introduced as an optional runtime in KitKat, and has since replaced Dalvik as the default runtime in Lollipop.