Sunday, February 23, 2014

How to run Android Applications on your windows Desktop (BlueStacks)

How to run Android Applications on your windows Desktop

Don't you have a favorite applications on your Android phone / Tab and you wish you could run it on your windows desktop. Well you can. ;-).

Bluestacks Android Desktop.
So how do you do it ?
1) Install the application from http://www.bluestacks.com/bstk-download-success-2.htm 

Click on Download xp visa windows green icon
Install the downloaded Application called  BlueStacks-SplitInstaller_native.exe

Here is the direct URL http://cdn.bluestacks.com/public/beta-1/BlueStacks-SplitInstaller_native.exe

You will the see this screen. (except conditions and select continue)
Select continue


You will need the first two options to install your favorite application on the BlueStacks desktop.

Installing the BlueStacks form internet. (some flashing adverts while installing)
I the got a worming about screen driver that was outdated and needs to be updated.

Graphics Warning menu

Installing Graphics driver.

Graphics driver install menu
After you have installed the application you should have a menu item in your start menu Start BlueStack

Run the Start BlueStacks menu item

You will then get a Android Tab desktop on your screen.

BlueStacks Tab Desktop

Wait a white the Desktop connects to the internet to download the default applications.

Install your Apps 

Enable your Google sink and apps-store functionality in stetting.

Install your favorite applications. (in my case Pocket RXTX from app store)



Here is my favorite webSDR Application where I listen to my HF stations on my desktops.

Pocket RXTX SDR radio on your virtual TAB
Here is a link to this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ro.yo3ggx.rxtx&hl=en

If you want to connect you RTL dongle or VNA device to your PC and make it work you can here is the details.

Because Bluestacks currently do not support the USB or Bluetooth devices, you need a COM redirector application, a trail version of tcp2com program which can be downloaded for free from here:
http://www.astrogeeks.com/AstroGeeks/COM2TCP/download.html (a trial for 45 days).
Some other free redirectors are available too.

Then you need to run BlueVNA in WiFi mode and connect to the local host, using the port configured in the COM redirector.