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Two OSes in one: DuOS-M puts Android on your Windows device

Preston Gralla | Feb. 23, 2015
Want to run Android apps on a Windows tablet or PC? Nothing easier with this new software.

And because DuOS-M runs like any other Windows app, you can use Windows' navigational tools. So Alt-Tab, for example, works as it normally does, switching you to another running application. In Windows 8, press the Windows key + C, and you'll bring up the Charms bar on top of Android. Global Windows gestures work as well, such as swiping from the right to bring up the Charms bar and swiping from the left to switch to another running application.

Windows 8 users should be aware that DuOS-M works as a Desktop application, not a Start screen app, so mouse movements such as hovering on the lower left-hand side of the screen won't bring up the Start menu, while hovering on the upper left and bringing down the mouse cursor won't show you all of your currently running apps.

You can also copy and paste between an Android app and a Windows one using a shared clipboard. Just use the normal ways to copy and paste for each operating system. You can also have DuOS-M use the same folders for music, videos, pictures and documents that Windows does, so that all of your content is in the same folders. (If you want, you can choose different folders.)

Bottom line
DuOS-M, which costs $10 after a 30-day free trial, isn't the only program out there that lets you run Android apps on a PC -- the popular free app BlueStacks can do that as well. But BlueStacks doesn't run the entire Android operating system -- instead, it lets you run individual Android apps inside Windows. So if you want the full-blown Android experience, you'll want DuOS-M. If you only want to run one or two individual apps, the free BlueStacks might be a better bet.

Note that the DuOS-M currently runs Android 4.4 KitKat rather than the most up-to-date version of the OS, Android 5 Lollipop. Sometime in March, DuOS-M is scheduled for an upgrade, and at that point, says American Megatrends, it will run Lollipop.

In short: DuOS-M isn't perfect. The installation routine clearly needs help. And you'll come across the occasional Android app that won't run on it. Still, for anyone who wants a Windows tablet to do double-duty as an Android tablet, it's a no-brainer. It's well worth the price of two fancy cups of coffee.


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