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Install Smartphone Apps In Windows

Everyone of us love to play with the latest apps. Be they on any platform, we want to give them all a try at least. This may sound sarcastic but when we had our desktop PCs we moved on to smartphones. And today, when we have highly enhanced smartphones; attention is being paid to improve desktop user's experience. Tech geeks have now started looking for software that can run their smartphone apps right on their desktop. Or to rephrase it, we want to be connected with our apps no matter using smartphones or desktop PCs.

Team Cubiez has taken an initiative and these passionate people have been able to develop a platform that can run smartphone apps on your desktop Windows PC. They believe that you should stay connected with your main interests and getting content on desktop should be as easy as clicking a button.Cubiez Install Smartphone Apps In Windows

Get Cubiez Instantly!

Cubiez is a platform that brings your favorite content right into the desktop with the best stuff just a click away as soon as you turn on your system. Cubiez sits in the taskbar, and all the apps you install are also pinned to taskbar. Certainly, you do not need to leave your work to check the updates, since you are always kept updated with the notifications and push messages. Why are you waiting then?
Download it now.

Cubiez SDK:

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Cubiez has also offered their SDK( Software Development Kit) along with necessary documentation to the developers. If you are a developer, you can easily get it from their official page. Developing your smartphone app and then exporting it to Cubiez platform will definitely introduce to an entirely new marketplace.

How Does Cubiez Work?

Once you have downloaded and installed Cubiez, its icon will appear in the taskbar, next to start button. There are many customization options but yes you can enable or disable \x{2018}Developer Mode'. Check for updates or re-loading app can be performed easily. You can also quit the app, if desired.

Right Click the Cubiez icon and Check/Uncheck your required option.

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How to Install Apps on Cubiez?

You must be willing to grab some apps on your desktop and that's why you have downloaded Cubiez. So we will tell you how to do so:

Click on the Cubiez and a window will appear. This window has three categories :

  1. All Cubiez: As the name implies, it enlists all the Cubiez apps.
  2. My Cubiez: It contains only your installed apps.
  3. New Cubiez: This tells you about the new arrivals in Cubiez.

Click All Cubiez ( it is selected by default ) or New Cubiez.
Which app are you interested in? Facebook, Google Search, 9GAG, NewsHub or MLB Sports? If you do not know about the app, you may need to check the category which is also mentioned with the name. However, if you type any app name in the search bar, it will search in the apps already present in All Cubiez.

Click on the \x{2018}Install' button which is displayed next to App Name.

Your app will be downloaded instantly and will be ready to use.

How to Use Installed App?

You can find your installed app next to the Cubiez icon in the taskbar. You can use this app in the same manner as you would use on your smartphone. If you do not want to receive notifications about the app, then:

Right Click on the icon -> Uncheck Enable Notifications.

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Well, what I was glad to see was the \x{2018}Inspect pop-up' and \x{2018}Inspect Background Page'. A simple click and you will come across some interesting programming stuff.

How to Uninstall App?

Of course, you can uninstall any app you don't want to use. There are two ways to do it.
Right Click on the app icon -> Check Uninstall App.
Or Click on the Cubiez icon -> My Cubiez. Select the app you want to uninstall and click the Uninstall Button. The app will be uninstalled easily.

Cubiez alternatives

Cubiez is not the only installer when it comes to installing smartphone apps in Windows. There are other free alternatives that are available. We list the alternatives below.

iPadian – Install IOS Apps in Windows computer

iPadian for Windows Install Smartphone Apps In Windows

iPadian is an Adobe Air application whose interface seems to be very similar to iPad or IOS. iPadian is just an iPad simulator for Windows. Before installing iPadian, you will need to have the latest version of Adobe Air installed in Windows. It is not the complete IOS but will simulate most of the apps of IOS.

Download iPadian

BlueStacks – Install Android Apps in Windows PC

BlueStacks Install Smartphone Apps In Windows

BlueStacks is another popular application which can be used to install Android apps in your Windows PC. It requires .NET Framework 2+ in order to be installed. The good thing about BlueStacks is that it can also run on Mac in addition to Windows.

Download BlueStacks

YouWave – Another Android for Windows PC

Android on Windows PC Install Smartphone Apps In Windows

Using YouWave, you can run thousands of Android apps and app stores on your Windows PC without having a smartphone. Its very easy to install and operate and supports the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit). Using YouWave, you can also play multiplayer online games.

Download YouWave

Pokki – Your favorite apps now on your computer

Pokki Install Smartphone Apps In Windows

Pokki is an app store which will let you install individual apps and widgets. The apps and widgets include the smartphone apps too.

Visit Pokki to select your favorite apps

Which software will you prefer to use in your Windows PC for running the smartphone apps? Is there any other free alternative which we have missed? Please share your thoughts with us  in comments.

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