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Windows 7: Android in Virtual Box

26 Feb 2011   #21
whs
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First post from Android, This is neat. Except it has some problems with my German kezboard.


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26 Feb 2011   #22
Everlong

 

Go to Settings, then Language and Keyboard, then there should be keyboard options. You can change the input language to a QWERTZ layout if you prefer.
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26 Feb 2011   #23
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
First post from Android, This is neat. Except it has some problems with my German keZboard.


Nice one, Wolfgang...
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26 Feb 2011   #24
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Go to Settings, then Language and Keyboard, then there should be keyboard options. You can change the input language to a QWERTZ layout if you prefer.
I am not sure which settings you mean. In Windows7, I have, of course, set it to QWERTZ. But in Android it does not honor that. Is there any other setting you were thinking about?

I am also trying to find vBox Guest Additions for Android but could not id any yet.
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26 Feb 2011   #25
Kari

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Changing the language and keyboard layout in Android vm only changes the layout of the built-in on-screen keyboard, having non whatsoever impact in what layout the host's keyboard is using when typing to Android. Funny enough, even changing the layout in host seems not be working, so when using the host keyboard the English layout is always used even if another layout is chosen (at least I have not found how to change it).

Theoretically, VirtualBox Guest Additions for Linux guests should work with Android, but it's just a theory. I have not found a way to install Guest Additions, nor can I find any information on this from the net.

Kari
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26 Feb 2011   #26
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Go to Settings, then Language and Keyboard, then there should be keyboard options. You can change the input language to a QWERTZ layout if you prefer.
I am not sure which settings you mean. In Windows7, I have, of course, set it to QWERTZ. But in Android it does not honor that. Is there any other setting you were thinking about?

I am also trying to find vBox Guest Additions for Android but could not id any yet.
I mean in the Android settings, sorry. And after testing, it seems the settings within Android only affects the virtual keyboard, not any hardware keyboards.

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Even the emulator keyboard on the right still stays as QWERTY.


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26 Feb 2011   #27
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I will solve the keyboard question by installing the whole bit on my Sony laptop. That has a QWERTY keyboard - and a lot more muscle than my desktop too.

My initial take on the Android is that I am unimpressed. But for a final judgement I will need to get more into it - especially wait until I can find a Honeycomb .iso. I think MS has a good chance to get well into this market if they do a good job with Win8 - and the help of Nokia.

Today I talked to a guy that had a Windows Phone7 smartphone and was raving about it. He thought that was already better than Android (Froyo) which he had at first but returned it.
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26 Feb 2011   #28
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I will solve the keyboard question by installing the whole bit on my Sony laptop. That has a QWERTY keyboard - and a lot more muscle than my desktop too.
I think you are going to notice what both Everlong and I mentioned in our last posts; You can only change the used layout in built-in on-screen keyboard.

I have Android 2.2. guest on an completely Finnish computer (Finnish Windows host, only Finnish keyboard installed on host, Finnish layout chosen in Android guest) but it still uses the standard US International layout when typing with host's keyboard. Somehow this is so hardcoded in Android vm that at least I have not been able to find a solution how to use Finnish layout or even how to type Scandinavian characters . For that I have to use built-in keyboard.

Kari
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26 Feb 2011   #29
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

My initial take on the Android is that I am unimpressed. But for a final judgement I will need to get more into it - especially wait until I can find a Honeycomb .iso. I think MS has a good chance to get well into this market if they do a good job with Win8 - and the help of Nokia.
Well I don't think a virtual machine does Android much justice.
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26 Feb 2011   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

My initial take on the Android is that I am unimpressed. But for a final judgement I will need to get more into it - especially wait until I can find a Honeycomb .iso. I think MS has a good chance to get well into this market if they do a good job with Win8 - and the help of Nokia.
Well I don't think a virtual machine does Android much justice.
I am not sure. I ran Windows7 Beta the whole time in vBox and was very impressed. Now granted, the operation with a touchscreen and in vBox are quite different. But I am talking more about the functional capabilities than the operational capabilities.

As an example, I had quite a long look at many of the available applications and even downloaded some. But they are rather Mikey Mouse. Nothing really very impressive.
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