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AMIDuOS lets you run Android apps on your Windows PC, now

Mark Hachman | Aug. 27, 2015
The latest version of the app from BIOS maker American Megatrends adds Android 5.0 Lollipop capabilities.

Keep in mind, however, that AMI’s software is serving as an intermediary between you, Android, and the Internet. Here’s what AMI’s representative said when we asked about the privacy implications of AMIDuOS:

First of all, with over nearly a quarter of a million AMIDuOS users it would be virtually impossible for AMI to do any kind of sniffing or monitoring of user data or traffic in a useful or detailed manner. The resources and bandwidth required for doing so would be prohibitively expensive (not to mention illegal or nearly so in many countries) for little to no practical benefit, reward or value to AMI.

But what is more important than any of these practical considerations is the company’s reputation. With its deep background in hardware-level engineering and long experience working with BIOS, AMI understands the need for security at the bare metal level and has worked hard to cultivate a reputation as a provider of trusted solutions that preserve the security and integrity of the end user’s system hardware and the data residing on it. 

AMI is also a long-standing member of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and similar trade organizations committed to computer security and user privacy, the spokesman said.

How AMIDuOS works

I ran AMIDuOS Pro 2.0 on a fifth-generation (Broadwell) 2.6GHz Core i7-5600 CPU running Windows 10 Pro on top of 8GB of RAM. Not surprisingly, apps ran smoothly—but not at first. You’ll probably need to wait before all of your Android apps are downloaded and updated before expecting to play any Android games. I also ran into situations where the AMIDuOS reported that it couldn’t actually load the necessary virtual machine, but then did it anyway.

While you can run AMIDuOS on a desktop, non-touch monitor, I wouldn’t recommend it. Clicking with the mouse doesn’t always work, and several apps rely on direct touch input. You’ll also need to work within the limitations of your PC hardware. Chances are your laptop doesn’t have a built in gyroscope, for example, for steering within games.

Be sure and dive into the AMIDuOS settings themselves, as well as the Android settings menu. You’ll see options to enable your laptop’s camera (including the rear one, if available), GPS location, and the like. Keep in mind that many apps, including Yelp, Google Maps, and others depend on settings like GPS location to be turned on.

Because I was powering an Android app with a Core i7 processor, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised that the apps I tried worked swimmingly. I chose a number of games, from Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise that my son plays regularly, including AB Pop and Angry Birds Go!, the franchise’s racing game. All ran smoothly and scaled nicely into my Yoga 12’s tablet mode, although my sense is that my two-year-old Galaxy Tab tablet still ran them a bit better.

 

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