Internet Defense League script

25 March 2012

How to run Wordfeud and other Android Market apps on your desktop computer

Recently, I got rather hooked on the Wordfeud game, like so many others. Unfortunately, they don't offer any desktop version for either Windows, Mac or Linux -- it's strictly handheld-only, and it has to be installed from the Android Market (now Google Play). And unfortunately, my "smartphone" is one of the last Nokias to carry the now obsolete Symbian system, so no luck getting Wordfeud to run on that.

But, there is a solution to those ill-fortuned, like me. It is possible to run an (official) Android device emulator on your desktop computer, load Android onto it, and install your favourite Android apps, like Wordfeud, on this emulated phone. It requires a few ninja tricks, but here's how I did it on my Ubuntu Linux system. There are several guides on how to get it to work on Windows out there, but you can probably use this guide to extrapolate directions on how to do it on Windows and Mac, too, since it's shouldn't be too different a process.