Android Emulators are the magic wands of today’s software centric era. Android has been the most populous platform in terms of apps. And new apps keep appearing on Play Store every day. Android availability has perhaps played a bigger role in getting an app popular than availability on perhaps any other app.
A good guess for this would be the ease of availability of developer resources for Android, and the ease of development. The gaming industry has especially profited from this, and so there are far more games on the Play Store for every genre than, say, App Store.
But what if I don’t have an Android device?
It can be a very frustrating experience if you’re not able to download and play your favorite games because you don’t have an Android device, especially because not all Android games and apps are available on iTunes or Windows Store. What do you do in that case? Introducing, Android Emulators!
Emu-what? What’s an Emulator?
Emulators are a class of software that are supposed to mimic foreign Operating Systems on your devices. For example, you might want to run a GameBoy interface on your Android phone. You use a Gameboy emulator for Android in such cases. Similarly, an Android Emulator will mimic an Android interface on your Windows PC or Mac.
What are the risks? Won’t it spoil my PC?
Thankfully, no. You PC won’t be spoiled. There’s no risk to downloading an Emulator. It’s virtually like any other software. The regular caution one should exercise, for example when using social media, is the same you should use when using a social media app on your emulator. There are no added risks.
Another query people have is if you need to make a partition in your drives. You don’t. An Emulator almost always runs exclusively within a window, and it does not interfere with your systems as an OS. So don’t let that hold you back either.
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Sounds awesome! What all Emulators do you recommend?
We usually recommend Andy or BlueStacks, But let us list some more with their Pros and Cons.
- BlueStacks is a very well known and often recommended application. You’ll find people swearing by it. The app is easy to use, quick and efficient.
Pros: BlueStacks is no-nonsense, efficient and easy to use. The navigation is easy.
Cons: The app can be a bit slow in some devices. It isn’t as good looking as other apps. More crashes are reported, though they’re still negligible versus the number of users globally.
Get it from www.bluestacks.com
Andy is quite the looker. The design is better than a lot of Android devices, in fact. The app is also quick and efficient.
Pros: Andy looks amazing. The design is well optimised. The emulator is arguably the quickest, which is handy when you want to play heavy android games on your PC.
Cons: The app can take a while to get used to, though the interface is almost exactly the same as an Android phone once opened.
Get it from www.andyroid.net.
ManyMo (pronounced may-moh, as in a short form for “many more”) is unique in the sense that the design is unparalleled. It takes a different route in arranging the utilities on the screen. And it increases your productivity in the process.
Pros: ManyMo is ideal for developers. It is by far the easiest to build and automate.
Cons: It is not free. It comes with a trial period after which you need to purchase the software to continue using it.
Get it from www.manymo.com.
There’s a lot of other options available in the market also. AMIDuOS is a pleasure to use, and suitable for programming and developing. But it carries a 10 dollar price tag. Genymotion is a better choice if you don’t want to pay anything to anyone. Some might even suggest you to build your own emulator using VirtualBox or other software. I leave that up to you. I’m personally too lazy and unskilled to make a good one in my laptop.
This list is not exhaustive, of course. There are probably hundreds of emulators on the web and you can access as many as you like. A lot of them come with a price tag and not all of them are worth it. The internet jury seems divided between Andy and BlueStacks, and AMIDuOS and ManyMo usually come at a close second.
Android Emulators: Parting words
Android Emulators are seriously amazing. They dissolve the boundary between Android apps and utility over Windows. They solve the problem of less space on your smartphone. They rescue you from sensitive apps being discovered by a person toying with your phone. And almost every good emulator comes for free! While deciding which emulator to keep, you might want to check the requirements for each application’s optimal performance. And if in doubt, download it and give it a whirl! It’s easy as pie.