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I do not have any Android device however I want to try some Android applications on my Windows PC. What options do I have?

I already installed Android-x86 Project on Virtual PC however when I tried download application from Android market I've got following message:

There are no Android phones associated with this account. 
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did you create a google account for your virtual android device? – Not Kyle stop stalking me May 4 '11 at 15:11
@Kyle: I am not sure what you mean. I have extra google account for this task however it's not associated with my virtual android device. I don't know how to do that. – Jakub Šturc May 4 '11 at 15:15
Okay these steps may differ but goto settings>accounts and sync> add account – Not Kyle stop stalking me May 4 '11 at 15:17
Your title needs rephrased. You're asking how to download android apps from the marketplace with a pc, correct? – Blomkvist May 4 '11 at 15:41
@Kyle: In my version that menu contains only some exchane stuff. – Jakub Šturc May 4 '11 at 16:57
up vote 8 down vote accepted

You cannot download apps from the Android Market website. You can only select apps to be installed on a device that has recently used the Market app, using the same Google account that you are logged into the website with.

I recomend using the Android emulator rather than the Android-x86 project. Regardless, neither has the Market, but apps can be installed from other sources. This answer on Android Enthusiasts links to some information on that, and the Android x86 project also has info on installing apps.

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+1 for installing apps on the emulator see… also note that apparently the Amazon Android App store apparently can be easily loaded onto the emulator (if you're in the US)… – GAThrawn May 4 '11 at 16:09
Metthew is right, there is no market for me (officially). Fortunately enough I have direct link to .apk file, so after enabling unknown sources everything works right. – Jakub Šturc May 4 '11 at 16:59

BlueStacks App Player is the best tool I've found for running Android apps on a PC (as opposed to emulating an Android device, for example because you are writing an app and want to see what it would look like on a phone). It's free and has very good compatibility.

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