android for better hangouts and calendars on the desktop

I run Ubuntu as my desktop.

I have multiple Google Accounts.

I don’t want to have a bunch of browser windows open to deal with different IM accounts and calendars.

All of this works great on my phone.

So I thought, “why not run Android on my laptop and use the same apps that seem to work well on the phone?”

Well, it seems to work. I installed Genymotion and followed the excellent instructions on getting the Google Play store installed on “virtual phone”.

Now I’m happily running the excellent Cal and enjoying a single IM interface via the Android Hangouts. Oh, and yes, even the camera seems to work just fine.

I think it’s very sad that google can’t provide some tools or, even better, chrome extension that can deal with multiple accounts.


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