View Full Version : Can I run Android apps on Windows 7 PC?

15-10-2012, 03:09 PM
Just wondering if it is possible to run Android apps on a PC. What I really want to do is to view Google Maps offline on a mini laptop/notebook as you can on a smartphone.
Any suggestions please?

15-10-2012, 03:23 PM
url (https://maps.google.co.nz/)
I haven't investigated to see if you can download the maps to your PC.

15-10-2012, 03:32 PM
Technically yes, though I'm unsure if this is the best way to be doing what you want overall:

15-10-2012, 03:53 PM
Just tried that bluestacks Chill Linked --- As long as your graphics are not to old then it works nice. Tried it on a couple of Workshop PC's and their cards are to old and the programs doesn't recognize them.

The office PC works no problems. Tried a game the Better half plays on her android tablet :thumbs: Found a youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrBE5iMzIes

15-10-2012, 04:06 PM
Bluestacks looks pretty good!

15-10-2012, 04:54 PM
You may however need to sideload the Google Maps .apk rather than installing it through Amazon, my money says it's not in the Amazon App Store.

15-10-2012, 05:11 PM
Thanks everyone. I'll give it a go.

15-10-2012, 05:35 PM
Or alternitavly you could do it another way with th android emulator. If you want me to explain I can, but I have to say it's a long, difficult process. But once you have it running its easy to install and run apps.

15-10-2012, 06:36 PM
Same deal with the Android Emulator, doesn't come with gapps

15-10-2012, 09:18 PM
You can run Android in VirtualBox - http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/23/android-4-ics-virtualbox/

16-10-2012, 02:05 AM
Yes but again, no Gapps, so the APK must be side-loaded ;) On top of that, it'll be the x86 version, which is harder to come by the Google Maps APK for.

16-10-2012, 11:16 AM
If it is a windows netbook, the best option in my opinion is to install Garmin Mapsource (http://download.cnet.com/Garmin-MapSource/3000-20422_4-75123302.html)
This does not come with any maps but the NZ Open GPS Project (http://nzopengps.org/) provide free maps in Garmin Mapsource format. These maps are auto routing, full Zenbu POI, cover all of NZ and are updated weekly!
So just install Mapsource, load the map and you are all set.