AMIDuOS, a popular solution for running Android apps on Windows, has issued a major update today that brings users a full Lollipop virtual environment. The update, to version 2.0, is most notable for leaving the now very-dated world of 4.2 Jelly Bean. With it also comes support for 64-bit apps, the ART runtime, and better APIs and compatibility for hardware features such as Bluetooth 4.0. On the not-as-fun side, the lifetime license now costs $15, up from the prior version's $10 cost.
A key difference between AMIDuOS and competitors like BlueStacks is that it is not merely an "app player," as BlueStacks brands itself. Just as you might use VMWare Fusion for Ubuntu Linux or some such, AMIDuOS offers Windows users a real virtual machine for Android. It links with Intel's hardware virtualization support (on compatible machines), making things work much more smoothly than other implementations.
And with the full Android environment comes more control, such as the ability to download apps you already own from the Play Store or Amazon Appstore. BlueStacks could have an edge when it comes to certain games due to its support for Microsoft's proprietary graphics drivers, but for a complete virtualization experience it will be hard to top AMIDuOS.
You can try the software for up to 30 days before having to purchase the license, which lasts forever. If you bought version 1.x of AMIDuOS, don't fear, you get the upgrade free. Head to their website for downloads and details.
American Megatrends Unwraps Lollipop -- Run Android 5.0.1 Apps on Windows PCs and Tablets Without Compromise
NORCROSS, GA--(Marketwired - August 26, 2015) - Now, Android™ Lollipop is just as sweet on Windows® PCs. With the latest edition of AMIDuOS™ -- version 2.0 -- users can enjoy the latest and greatest Android apps right on their Microsoft Windows® 7.x, 8.x or 10 devices.
The new, Android 5.0.1 (Lollipop) compatible version of AMIDuOS is available for download from www.amiduos.com for a $15 lifetime license -- with a 30-day free trial. AMIDuOS, which delivers a full Android experience to Windows desktops, laptops or tablets, was created by American Megatrends, Inc., the number one BIOS vendor in the world by shipment volume.
In addition, AMI will continue to make AMIDuOS 1.x, which supports Android 4.3 (Jellybean), available for only $10. Current users who installed AMIDuOS 1.x before Aug 7th can get a free upgrade to AMIDuOS 2.0 upon registering their licensed copy. The upgrade process is simple -- and AMIDuOS even preserves all previously installed apps and settings during the upgrade from 1.x to 2.0!
In addition, to share the excitement, AMI will be giving away one Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet PC and ten free lifetime licenses for AMIDuOS 2.0. To enter the giveaway, just visit the AMIDuOS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/amiduos and send a virtual Lollipop to a friend.
"People should be able to run their Android apps on any device they wish," explained Subramonian Shankar, AMI founder and President. "We created AMIDuOS to make it easy for anyone to get the full Android experience on their Windows machines. Now, even the most recent Android apps developed for Android 5.0.1 will run smoothly and with full compatibility on the Windows platform."
The team behind AMIDuOS 2.0 has carefully tested thousands of Android apps to make sure users can enjoy apps requiring access to the Android 5.0.1 platform. AMIDuOS supports many of the improvements found in Android Lollipop, including compatibility with Android's new ART runtime, native support for 64-bit apps, improved A/V sync and higher-performance graphics and audio.
Many Android apps are not available on the Windows 7/8/10 platform -- such as Instagram, Tinder, WhatsApp, DuoLingo, Real Racing 3, Plants vs Zombies 2, Temple Run… the list goes on! Moreover, many Android apps are more expensive on Windows -- for the identical app!
In many cases, consumers who have already paid for their app on the Android platform are often required to pay a second time to purchase the same app for Windows. Additionally, developers often update apps on Android before doing so for Windows, meaning that the only way to get the latest and greatest version or features is to use the Android version.
But with AMIDuOS, compromise is a thing of the past. Now users have access to the full library of Android apps on their Windows device -- running either full-screen or in a window, while retaining the ability to switch over to their traditional Windows apps at any time -- with no need to reboot. AMIDuOS is truly the best of both worlds.
How It Works
After installing AMIDuOS with a quick download from www.amiduos.com, users get a full Android experience on their Windows device. They can view and manipulate the Android desktop just as they do on their native Android devices and download apps from Google Play or Amazon App Store.
AMI has utilized its decades of expertise to build hardware acceleration support into the app and support direct hardware access whenever possible. Emulation is only used when needed -- otherwise code runs natively. This, plus 3D acceleration support, means incredible performance, so games and video-intensive apps run smoothly and quickly.
Since AMIDuOS can access native PC hardware and drivers, any apps installed in the Android environment can take advantage of the touchscreen, sensors, peripherals, GPS, camera and more -- to deliver a fully immersive Android experience. AMI has tested AMIDuOS with over 4,000 apps and is continually releasing updates to improve its compatibility.
AMIDuOS also integrates Android tightly into the Windows environment. The clipboard is shared, so users can copy from an Android app and paste into Windows, or vice versa. AMIDuOS can also be configured to share files with the Windows side, giving users the power to save a file in Android and then open it directly within Windows, for example.
AMIDuOS runs best on a touch-screen enabled tablet, but is compatible with a keyboard and mouse setup as well. It supports customizable keyboard mapping so users can assign physical keys to gestures such as swipe or pinch, for unsurpassed speed in games or other apps. Gamepads are supported as well, so Android games can be enjoyed on a Windows system using gamepads designed for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and more.
The Press is Raving
Computerworld - "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."
PC World - "As a general rule, setting up a VM can be a challenge... Luckily, there's a way around that challenge -- American Megatrends' AMIDuOS."
Android Headlines - "AMIDuOS is compatible with the new Android ART runtime, 64-bit apps and has plenty of native code that's designed to give users a full, smooth experience as you would expect from a dedicated Android-powered device."
ZDNET - "Switch between Windows and Android apps seamlessly without having to close what you're doing in one OS to get to the other."
SuperSite for Windows - "AMI has figured out how to successfully bring a full Android tablet experience to Windows, with no major drawbacks."
Lifehacker - "If you've ever wanted to install Android apps on Windows, you can with AMIDuOS."
Tom's Hardware - "Everything ran very fast and without any major problems… (It) felt faster than any Android device. The fact that the software managed to run stable and fast really shows how much work has gone into it."
Android and Me - "If you haven't already installed AMIDuOS on your PC, we suggest you do."
AMIDuOS runs on nearly any modern Windows desktop, laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 device. For best results, AMI recommends that it meet these basic requirements:
- x86 processor
- 32/64-bit of Windows® 7/8/8.1/10
- OpenGL 3.0 and above
- Hardware Virtualization Technology enabled in the system's BIOS
- Minimum of 2GB system RAM (3GB is recommended for peak performance)
- Minimum of 2GB of free space available on system drive
- Administrator access rights to device
- Internet connectivity while installing AMIDuOS
Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software, and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, innovative StorTrends® Network Storage hardware and software products, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Android™ and Linux® operating systems continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.
For more information on AMI, its products or services, call 1-800-U-BUY-AMI or visit www.ami.com.
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- AMI (MarketWire)