Android is an operating system developed by Google for smart-phones. Currently only a few phones are running on Google's Android. HTC Hero is going to be the next phone coming with Android pre-installed amid speculations that Nokia is gearing up for an Android-powered phone.

But you are not going to buy a smart-phone in near future. Still you can try Android, thanks to a project called Live Android. Live Android offers an ISO image. Just burn it into a CD (or decompress into a USB drive) and reboot the PC — enjoy Android running on your PC without installing it on the hard-drive. You can also use Virtual Box to mount the image and run Android without even restarting the PC.

How To Mount Images On Virtual Box

(To advanced users this part is not necessary.)
Virtual Box is virtualisation software that enables you to install and use operating systems in a virtual environment, within another operating system.

First download and install Virtual Box from the download page.
If you are on Ubuntu, just install it through the Package Manager.

Next, create a new machine by clicking on the new button from the toolbar.
Give your machine a name and select Operating system as Linux and Version 2.4 (these two settings are for Android).
Now, select the amount of Random Access Memory you want to allocate for the machine. Generally it is advised to allocate less than half of the total available RAM.
In the next dialog box, uncheck "Boot from hard-drive" (this is because we are going to boot from an image, not from a hard-drive or so).

Now that you have created a virtual machine, right click on the machine name and go to settings. Under the CD/DVD Rom tab, select the iso-file you've downloaded.
Save the settings and click on "Start" to run the machine.

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