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excelsa
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?
Mike

mikebartnz
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.

Chilling_Silence
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:
http://bluestacks.com/

wainuitech
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

Agent_24
15-10-2012, 04:06 PM
Bluestacks looks pretty good!

Chilling_Silence
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.

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

stratex5
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.

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

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

Chilling_Silence
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.

tmrafi
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.