How can I use the instant messenger program Kik – most commonly installed on smartphones and other mobile devices – on a laptop or desktop running Win7Pro, without a phone being involved and without needing any kind of Google account?
The two ways of using Kik from my laptop that I have so far found are both inadequate, or at least I do not how to tweak them to make them meet the requirements.
The first is to install on my laptop the Bluestacks emulator of Google's Android operating system, and then to run Kik on it. Unfortunately to run Kik on Bluestacks requires (or at least I have not found a way to avoid) having a Google Play account.
The second is to run Bluestacks on Manymo, the online emulator of Google's Android OS. Unfortunately, using Kik on Manymo similarly requires a Google Play account.
I realise Kik was made for use on a mobile OS, but it is supposed to be cross-platform where mobile OSes are concerned, and therefore not to be tied into Google's mobile OS – or, as far as I know, into any other software supplied by Google or any procedure prescribed by that company, such as giving it personal information – so I am optimistic that someone will be able to advise on what I am asking for here.
I notice that Microsoft have made a Windows Phone emulator, so there might be a way to get Kik to work on this without dealing with Google. I couldn't find anything online about this, though.