This is Eugene Huang, Founder of YouWave, a startup in Silicon Valley. Today someone prompted me about this thread and I have to jump in.
Douglas, we are a new company. We just put together some information on our website only one week ago (I agree there are more works that need to be done on our site), our forum is new and we haven't made official public announcement yet. Even so, we are already seeing surprising number of downloads and usages. Our product does not replace real smart phones. We are simply a different product. But the real fact is, there are a lot of reasons to run many good apps on PCs. Your same argument can similarly go against your own point. With our product, you have a bigger screen (good for your eyes), you can try out apps before loading them onto your phone, and you can multi-task with other desktop applications. Furthermore, who knows what sensors a laptop will get in the future? I personally have tried installing GPS sensor and software on my laptop. And do not forget, there are many people who do not have a smart phone. We are creating the possibility for those people to enjoy what the mobile revolution has to offer. I have this insight because I watched a teenager played Robo Defense using our software in hours and hours. He does not have an Android phone. And another important point, our product's performance is much better than Android Emulator in SDK. If you have doubt, check this video out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAV4Jbmuhc4
and the thread discussion http://groups.google.com/group/android-developers/browse_thread/thread/b07d9b5b53a160d8/.
Anyone who has used the SDK Emulator can tell the difference. Additionally, the Android Emulator in Android SDK is simply not a product that can be used by consumers. But YouWave Android is.
Jay, I would like to hear what "viruses" you saw. Can you give some details? Our product is legitimate and is safe to use. I just downloaded and installed AVG on an XP. Then I scanned YouWave_Android_1-0-0.exe (the installer) using it. No threats were found. Next, I installed YouWave Android. There was no complaints at all. What exactly were you seeing? Were they just warnings? "Warnings" and "viruses" are totally different. Sometimes people confuse warnings with viruses. If you have chance to verify what you have stated, please do so and I would be appreciated.
Nevertheless, I can see that it is possible for an anti-virus software to give warnings for our product for the following reasons:
* Our software installs a driver (digitally signed on 64 bit machines) on Windows. Some anti-virus software still thinks that is suspicious.
* Currently there are not many users using our software. The low user count may trigger some warnings.
* Our software needs internet access. Firewall programs may complain about that.
Solution: You just have to trust our software to use it. For now, you may need to work around your anti-virus software to install it. This is nothing new for software, as Ken Thompson reflected in "Reflections on Trusting Trust". And what we are doing is nothing different from any other well known software programs. What we need is just time and users' recognition. Anyone who has created something new from scratch knows this.
I suggest you try out our product and give us feedback. If you are still in doubt, install it on a machine that you feel comfortable. I will check out this site from time to time and hopefully answer some questions. For sure our product has bugs, but it's getting better. We will put in more and more features down the road. I hope that people in the Android community can enjoy our software. Have fun.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
YouWave, for Apps on PC
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