Ian McGurven looks at how to run Android apps on your computer
Virtualisation, the running of an operating system within another operating system, isn't a new idea by a long long way. In fact, for some operating systems it represented the only way of using one in a different environment. Windows, for example, was only able to exist on a non-x86 platform such as Mac OS by virtue of being hosted in a virtual machine. Virtualisation has come a long way since then, though, far from the curios of back then to business as usual for many, and virtual machine use in enterprise is common practice for loading separate 'servers' on to one single server.
It's not just for desktop operating systems, though, and recently Google itself added to the pile of methods with which the Android OS can be virtualised, with a Chrome extension called Arc Welder. How does it stack up to the competition?