Now a days many mobile smartphones and tablets seams to have a very flashy operating systems with a lot of consumers having their favorite one and choosing to stick to hardware which is powered bt their chosen OS. While Apple’s fans use iOS on their iPhone and iPad devices only, but when talking about Android lovers have a wide range of hardware to choose from due to the fact that the OS is available to multiple manufacturers.
If you are an iOS fan, or a Windows Phone user and still want to try the delights that Android Ice Cream Sandwich has to offer? I am an iPhone 4 user currently and may continue to be for the future with iPhone 5. Mean it, after owning Samsung’s Galaxy S II i first time tasted the Android OS, and now i am having both i4 and Galaxy S2 and taking advantages that both provide. I already tried Android APK on my Windows PC in the past, when i havn’t yet purchased and today i am sharing the same with you what i want to.
Here’s the way, then why not run Android 4.0 in virtualization on your desktop or laptop in order to see the Ice Cream Sandwich experience first hand? When you aren’t purchasing the second device.
Google Android 4.0 is an operating system in its own, instead of running or dual booting setup, we’ll install and run ICS within a free of charge vertualization application known as VirtualBox. Using VirtualBox in the past i had run Mac OS X Lion, but not perfectly, while this VirtualBox runs like any other application or program on your machine, but alos offers the benefits of being able to install a secondary OS within it which can be invoked quickly by the users. For all those die hard iOS and Windows Phone fans out there, this is a perfect way to experience the Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich of Android.
We start now with the following steps to be simple enough below.
Step 1 : Head over to the official Oracle VM VirualBox site and download the relevant VirtualBox binary for your favorite computers Operating system (Windows/Mac OS X/Linux/Solaris).
Step 2 : Now find the saved location of the downloaded VirtualBox binary and install as you would with any other native application surely making to follow all on screen instructions and prompts.
Step 3 : Now head over to the VMLite website and download a copy of the Ice Cream Sandwich, that already been preconfigured for virtualization and features seamless mouse support for navigation. The download weighs in at 88MB in size so may take a while to download depending on your internet connection.
Step 4 : Locate the downloaded ‘Android-v4.7z‘ file copy and extract the contents from within.
Step 5 : Once the file Android-v4.7z has been opened, locate a file from within the archive called ‘Android-v4.vbox‘ which as you can tell by the file extension is a pre configured VirtualBox file.
Step 6 : Double clicking on Android-v4-vbox file will load the VirtualBox application and bootup the ICS file.
Step 7 : The boot menu appears in VirualBox, simply press ‘start’ on the top toolbar and then if required select the ‘Android Startup from /dev/sda’ option.
Step 8 : After completing all steps. Android 4.0 ICS should now be booting up allowing you to experience that Android wellness.
Windows and Linux users may find that an alternative, specific version Android 4.0 may be required, which can be found by visiting the Android-x86 page. However, the performance of the Android ICS virtual installation will not be as smooth as you think, as intended on an actual device built for the reason.
But, it will surely give the taste and feel of the OS with applications being able to launch as well as widget customization, after Installing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (mobile OS) on your OS X, Windows PC or Linux (Ubuntu).
Watch This Video: How i installed and running Android ICS on my Windows, and Linux computers the same way as Mac OS X Android 4.0 installation.
Thanks to Redmondpie for sharing this amazing how to guide for me and others who are eagerly waiting to install and run Android 4.0 ICS on their desired operating systems.