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.
How to set it up on Ubuntu
- Install Java, if you don't have it already. I use the official Java from Oracle, but the OpenJDK Java Runtime should be fine, too. Install it from e.g. the Ubuntu Software Center.
- Download the Android SDK which contains an Android device emulator.
- Unpack the downloaded file to somewhere of your liking, for instance on the Desktop, in your user directory, or whatever you prefer. Go to the "tools" subdirectory, and start the "android" program by double-clicking it and selecting "Run".
- Tick the "Android 1.5 (API 3)" item (and thereby every subitem) and click "Install x packages..."
- Accept licenses by clicking "Install", and wait a good while. Then exit the Android SDK Manager.
- Go to Tech Droid and download the 1.5 image.
- If you aren't able to open .rar files, do
sudo apt-get install rarin a terminal window, and you'll be able to extract it from your file manager.
- Copy the contents of the .rar file (a file and a directory) to ~/.android/avd/ (create the directory, if necessary).
- Open the AndEmu.ini file in a text editor (e.g. gedit) and change the path to
path=/home/yourusername/.android/avd/AndEmu.avdwhere "yourusername" is your system user name. Note, the line already shows a Windows path with backslashes (\), so make sure to only use forward slashes (/).
- Start the Android SDK Manager again (the "android" program in the "tools" directory of the Android SDK download).
- Select "Tools" and "Manage AVDs". Then select the "AndEmu" line. If it has an icon which implies that it's "repairable", click "Repair". Then start it by clicking the "Start" button, then "Launch". A virtual phone will now appear on your screen.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup of the "phone". One of the steps is to connect it to your Google account (or create a new one), which is vital for connecting to Android Market. I had problems when I had to type in my details, since the Android system asked me to slide the phone open (and the emulator didn't seem to have a way to emulate this), so I chose "Skip" and then entered my details upon the first run of Android Market instead.
- Select the "Market" icon on the desktop of the emulated phone, search for your favourite app, and you're good to go.