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Author Topic: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS  (Read 188 times)
W4KYR
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« on: Yesterday at 07:14:00 AM »

Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/14/09/20/0250209/android-apps-now-unofficially-able-to-run-on-any-major-desktop-os

Sounds like an interesting development, especially that there are a lot of ham radio apps on Android. (see below).


"A developer who goes by the handle Vladikoff has tweaked Google's App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) to allow any Android app to run on any major desktop operating system, not just the handful announced last week which were also limited to Chrome OS. His tweaked version of ARC is re-packaged as ARChon. The install isn't very straightforward, and you have to be in developer mode on Chrome. But there's a support forum on reddit. The extension will work on any OS running the desktop version of Chrome 37 and up as long as the user also installs chromeos-apk, which converts raw Android app packages (APKs) to a Chrome extension. Ars Technica reports that apps run this way are buggy, fast, and crash often but expresses optimism for when Google officially "opens the floodgates on the Play Store, putting 1.3 million Android apps onto nearly every platform."



According to http://www.cqdx.ru/ham/new-equipment/ham-radio-android-apps-list/

There are 99 Android apps for Ham Radio
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W8JX
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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 07:48:37 AM »

The app have to be converted to Chrome extensions and it is far from universal support. You would do better to load and boot a full x86 version of Android on a laptop to achieve better usage of apps.  Several tablets run x86 android today on Intel dual and quad core Atom processors.
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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 08:26:34 PM »




According to http://www.cqdx.ru/ham/new-equipment/ham-radio-android-apps-list/

There are 99 Android apps for Ham Radio

That list is not complete, there is more out there
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