Monday, September 26, 2011

How to run Android app on Windows PC using YouWave – Bluestacks Alternative

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YouWave is an Android virtualization software that lets you run Android 2.3 Gingerbread on Windows PC. You can also use YouWave to test Android apps, and can even run messaging app such as Whatsapp on a Windows PC.


Installation is pretty easy and YouWave works quite fast and smooth on my machine. Internet connection is working out of box.


When launched for the first time, YouWave allows you to select few apps to be installed; such as Amazon AppStore, Android AppStore, Whatsapp, Alchemy and Maxthon Browser.


However, official Google Android Market and Google Apps are not included in YouWave, but there’s might be workaround to install it on VM according to YouWave.

Amazon AppStore can be alternative for download Android apps but currently limited to US residents only.


How to install Android apps in YouWave?

Obtain apk files of the apps, put in “C:UsersUserAccountyouwaveandroid apps” and double click to install.

For example, I try installing Dolphin Browser HD using apk and it works perfectly.


Whatsapp running on my Windows 7 PC, how cool is that?

You can type using virtual keyboard using mouse and also using physical keyboard. When verification using phone number, you can check verification by using phone call and enter the given code.


Using YouWave, I can run Medscape medical app on my Windows 7 PC. It’s cool considering no official Medscape app available for PC and saves me hundreds of bucks buying an android device just to use this medical app.


Using YouWave, i can test lots of apps, live wallpapers, tweaks, etc and best of all YouWave is already rooted by default.

Things I like about YouWave

  • Dead simple way to run Android on Windows PC
  • Able to install Android apps using apk
  • Internet works out of box
  • Smooth and does not use a lot of ram and cpu
  • Does not dependent on VMware or VirtualBox

Things I dislike about YouWave

  • It;s not free, you can use free trial for 4 days though
  • Does not support apps that using native ARM code
  • Works fine for apps, but games support is lacking and most of games i tried not working
  • Somestime crash when opening app
  • No flash support, but not a big problem since you are using it on desktop

Download YouWave

Download Youwave from :

Full version license cost $14.95.

Android X86

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For free alternative, but more tricky and not really user friendly you can read my previous posts :Tutorial install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on PC.


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