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Playing with the Android emulator on your computer is a pretty geeky endeavor, but YouWave makes it easy to accomplish on your Windows PC.  If you can download and install a Windows program, you can have an Android 2.1-update 1 virtual machine running on your desktop in just a few minutes. All without ever touching the SDK or Sun's JDK.  As a bonus, the Window it runs in has a really easy method of installing third party apps from free Android applications stores, as well as apps downloaded to your PC. 

It's not without its flaws, and there are no Google applications of course (yet), but it's just as easy to uninstall if it's not for you.  Grab the program from the source link, and hit the break for an installation and quick breakdown video to get you started.  [YouWave] Thanks Allen for the tip!

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Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

25 Comments
  • cool but pointless as any pc app is way more functional unless you are truly addicted to angry birds..
  • Youwave isn't pointless... It's a great emulator for software developpers and WhatsApp users... Here is a video for people that want to WhatsApp on PC:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbwvsfjni4M
  • ...but does Angry Birds work?
  • Meh... Is there an app for Windows that will actually show my phone's screen and allow me to control it? That would seem to be way more useful that this...
  • Yes, there is a program that will do this. I actually just started using it so I can easily use my phone while at work without consuming my company's limited bandwidth and so my coworkers dont see me just typing on my phone all day. The program I use is called Droid VNC Server and you can find more about it at http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/communication/droid-vnc-server_iwam.html. You will need to make sure that you have adb abilities and I find that i need to do the following on my pc side
    open cmd
    navigate to adb folder (c:/AndroidSDK/tools or similar)
    adb devices (to ensure connectivity)
    adb forward tcp:5901 tcp:5901 (forwards android ports.... I've been using 5910 or other similar ones that you specify in the android app settings) Then, using a vnc viewer (i use tight vnc), you can connect by navigating to localhost:5901 or whatever port you have chosen.... Hope this helps!!
  • When I was on Windows Mobile, I had an app for this. Plug the phone in and up popped a window on the PC that let me control everything on the phone. It was great for text messages. Might have to finagle with the Droid VNC app. Wish there were an easier way.
  • I wasn't a fan of all the steps required to hook it up, so I created a small script using AutoIt to automatically replicate all my actions. AutoIt Download Page
    Start_Android_VNC.au3 (~500 bytes)
  • YouWave for Android actually allows you to install apps through wireless to your rooted phone, if you have one. Stay tuned. There will be more features like what you said coming. -YouWave
  • Can I play Angry Birds with this?
  • Angry birds doesn't seem work. it says it actually needs to be on a phone.
  • Can you use this to develop on like Eclipse?
  • It looks like the site it currently down. Hopefully it comes up soon. Anyone got any alternative links?
  • Thank you google for the cached version of the page. Direct Links below EXE install
    http://www.youwave.com/cgi/unicounter.pl?name=download&deliver=http://ww... Zip file
    http://www.youwave.com/cgi/unicounter.pl?name=download&deliver=http://ww...
  • Unfortunately, those link to the 1.2.0 version - I think the latest is V1.3.0
  • Tried installing from both those links and end up with the same error that will not allow the program to run. It's like downloading an app that force closes every time! =( edit: my work pc is running Windows NT. not compatible.
  • A surge of traffic to YouWave site today brought our site down from time to time. Our team is working on bringing it back and making it stable. For comments above, "angry bird" app currently is not supported by YouWave, but most apps are. YouWave Team
  • Jerry is becoming the new Leo Laporte of web server destruction :-)
  • If people are still having problems with the YouWave site, they can download V1.3.0 from here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1U82DBXR
  • The file you are trying to access is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later. I'll have to try again later
  • Strange. Give it a few minutes.
  • will i be able to view my phone screen?
  • Doesn't seem to be working for me on a Windows 7 x64 installation. never loads the android screen, just stays grey..
  • Here is an alternative download link - http://www.mediafire.com/?leh1igwczbpw3hn
  • Now the YouWave site is back and running fine. -YouWave
  • tres bien