Last year, we covered BlueStacks, an Android app player for Windows that allows you to run
numerous Android apps in full screen mode without experiencing much performance or compatibility issues.
However, if you want to use the latest version of the Android operating system itself
(Ice Cream Sandwich), without buying a new Android device or flashing a custom ROM to your Android phone,
you can run it as a guest OS on your desktop computer using a pre-configured Andriod
4.0 virtual disk image. Just like any guest operating system, you can use all the features and
options of Andriod ICS without making any changes to your host system. You’ll require Oracle VirtualBox
to run the virtual machine, of course. The rest is quite simple, but just in case you get stuck
somewhere in the process, following is a brief and simple tutorial on how to get it running.
First, download and install VirtualBox (download link given at the bottom of the post).
Now download the pre-configured Andriod ICS OS setup and extract it. When extracted,
look for the file named Android-v4.vbox. Just double-click it to load the configuration file