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How can I run android apps, i.e. from the android marketplace on a linux PC? Does there exist any easy-to-use android emulator or virtual machine environment?

FWIW, I'm running arch linux and scrotwm, and I do have GPS and wwan modem installed in my laptop. However, pointers to how to do this in standard Ubuntu or in Gnome may also be relevant.

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-1 for not bothering to google. Or if you did google before asking the -1 is for not explaining why the many options that turns up is of no use for you. –  Nifle Jul 10 '12 at 17:31
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http://developer.android.com/tools/help/emulator.html for virtual, and http://www.android-x86.org/ for native.

Note however that I'm not confident that either solution will be able to use your GPS or WWAN in the context of Android. Even if you have Linux drivers for these devices, they may not be integrated into Android, which is a completely different beast than just having kernel modules to support them on (desktop) Linux. The problem becomes even stranger when talking about using the host's GPS through the emulator.

Was tempted to -1 the question but figured I'd post AN answer...

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