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Virtualizing Android 4.1 on Standard PC or Mac Hardware

  • Episode 289
  • April 2, 2013

Using AndroVM to create an OpenGL accelerated Android 4.1 virtual machine, compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux hosts.

This episode is sponsored in part by: netTALK DUO, Netflix, Eco Alkalines and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
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  • {play 8:51}Feature: Running Android on Linux, Windows or Mac computers using VirtualBox and AndroVM.
    • Obtaining a copy of AndroVM.
    • What an OVA (open virtual appliance) file is.
    • You'll need to have VirtualBox installed.
    • Ubuntu decides to open a million windows.
    • Determining which version of AndroVM you'd like to install: t, p, or tp.
    • Deploying (installing) your Android virtual machine from the OVA file.
    • Android could be the next big gaming platform.
    • Virtualizing an Android device allows web designers to test their web sites on Android to see how they work on tablets and phones.
    • Running Android for the first time on our PC hardware.
    • Configuring your AndroVM virtual machine for OpenGL 3D accelleration.
    • Using the AndroVM Player (also downloadable from to connect to the OpenGL acellerated Android virtual machine.
    • Warning: Once you've enabled Hardware OpenGL in AndroVM, you must use the AndroVM Player to boot the virtual machine—it most likely will not boot directly in VirtualBox any longer.
    • Obtaining, extracting and loading the AndroVM Player.
    • Running our AndroVM Virtual Machine with Hardware OpenGL support for the first time.
    • Placing an app on your Android desktop.
  • {play 32:30}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
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  • Category5 TV does not block its videos from anywhere. Do you know why some YouTube videos won't play on various devices?
  • {play 41:23}Viewer Questions
  • Viewer Question: I have setup my computer with vsftpd installed to allow FTP access, but I can't get the jail features to work. Is it possible to provide a vsftpd.conf file example, or provide a GUI application to set it up?
  • Viewer Comment: Thanks for mentioning me (mike-g8kmr) on the show the other week! G8KMR is my callsign on the radio. I use a FlexRadio.
  • Viewer Comment: A Linux distribution was on the TV show, Person of Interest! See the video here:
  • Viewer Comment: GiMP was used on the SyFy show, FaceOff. See
  • {play 53:45}Liking things on Facebook might result in damage to your online reputation if they turn out to be malicious.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball



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