Android is the leader when it comes to mobile operating systems. One in 3 smartphones runs Android – different versions. Naturally, most of the programmers and developers tend to create apps – messaging, communications, office automation and games etc. – for the Android phones. However, before releasing an app, it has to be tested properly. For users, the phones may be slow and destroying their app experience. In such cases, both developers and users can use the Android emulators for use. While developers can test their apps on a bigger screen, regular end users can enjoy Android apps on computers that have higher configuration. The post lists 3 Android emulators for Windows PC that can be used by both developers and regular users of Android operating system.
Android Emulators for Windows PC
We had covered Bluestacks Android Emulator earlier when it was just a concept. Four years later, it is the most preferred Android emulator for Windows computers. It takes a while to install so you have to be patient. It installs a special service that you can see in Windows Services and in the Task Manager. That is to say that once installed, it will be running continuously in the background. But I did not notice any slowdown of speed for my other (Windows based) applications like Word etc.
The emulator creates a new library called Apps. You can access this from your list of libraries. The apps you download, appear here. You can run the apps directly by clicking on them or by launching the emulator and then selecting the apps. While playing games, you can go full screen and back using a double headed arrow icon.
The only drawback is that it is a bit slow to start. It took almost 10 minutes upon first run. But once started, the games go smoothly. There are other problems such as promotions of Android apps and push notifications from the makers of this emulator. Also, it won’t show you all features of an Android phone as other emulators do – such as settings etc. It just serves as an Android app launcher.
Andy Android Emulator
There is good competition between Andy and Bluestacks. The features of Android phone are absent in the latter due to which, some people prefer Andy as it gives you a complete look of Android phone. Read our review of Andy Emulator on The Windows Club. This serves a better purpose for developers who wish to test their applications on a wider screen. And it also makes it fun for the regular Android apps users by making their apps run faster and smoother.
Genymotion Android Emulator
This seems as if built upon the faults of Bluestacks – to eliminate them. Though there is a regular Android SDK that most developers use, I won’t mention it here as it requires much technical knowledge to configure and use it. Coming to Genymotion, it is focused on developers, but is much easier to use compared to standard Android SDK. It is faster compared to Bluestacks and does not have the problem of installing random applications.
The Genymotion also provides you all the features of an Android phone and hence may be preferred to regular Android SDK for Windows. Genymotion also keeps on running in the background but is not heavy on resources. While most features are present in the paid versions, the free download still allows you to test Android apps and use them on Windows PC. You can download free Genymotion here.
The above are top 3 Android emulators according to me. If you have different views or wish to add to the list, please comment.