8 Best Android Emulators 2017
Virtualization is not really a big deal anymore as our computer hardwares nowadays are capable of running powerful tasks concurrently. But choosing the right Android emulator for our PC can be a tedious task. May be some of us just know about Bluestacks.
In fact, there is a bunch of Android emulators here on the internet, you may want to have the lightest version of it for the smoothest experience and awesome features. With that being said, we have gathered 8 best Android emulators, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
It is the most advanced and up-to-date Android emulator for productivity and and gaming. Running as an OS environment, users can easily prompt multiple windows and the folders can be easily drag and drop to transfer file. This is my personal preference by the way.
So basically you have an Android desktop environment within your OS. it is based on Android Marshmellow unlike others. On the side note, it works well with the Android Studio as an emulator. If you want an android desktop operating system, you should check out Remix OS.
Bluestacks is the most popular android emulator. Probably, due to its rich features such as Bluestacks TV, game testing and indie developer community forum. The great thing about Bluestacks is that it let you play, stream and watch. Hence, making it different from others android emulators. These are the features compare to other gaming clients.
MEmu is claimed to be the highest performance with a great compatibility free android emulator among all (at least they said). It is more customization and and the idea is more straight forward. It can only be supported in all Windows device. If you don’t want extra features like Blustacks, then you should consider MEmu. These are the features Memu offer:
- It is flexible, CPU#, memory size, resolution, nav bar location, root mode can be easily customized.
- GPS location support.
- Accelerometer support for better experience in gaming in tablet.
- Easy file sharing between platform Windows and Android.
- APK installation.
- Support multi-windows. Can run simultaneously.
- Keyboard/joystick/touch screen mapping for full Android experience.
One of the interesting features is the root access which bring you with extra functionality. By the way, they have a large community, forum and official blog for references.
Price: Free with paid option
Genymotion is a developer friendly Android emulator that comes with features that normal user might not need. Developer can run test for their application on this emulator with 3000+ device configurations for better user experience.
Running beta testing with multiple devices screens with different Android version for your app should come in handy. You can let your customer to try your apps right from your website. With that being said, if you are just checking email or playing games, you might not want to consider this. The free plan should be enough.
This Android emulator support MacOs. Thus, making it one of a great choice for Mac user out there. It is more geared towards Android gaming in multiple platform and optimized for gaming. It offers a bunch of games with great compatibility and keyboard mapping for streamlined control.
You can also have Windows Office for Android as well as other applications. You will be able to record your gaming and upload it wherever you want – most likely in social media. It is worth giving a shot.
This is a new Android emulator on the list. By using a new generation of kernel which is compatible with X86/AMD, it offer high performance, great stability and wide compatibility.
One of the optimized features is playing Android games on a large screen. Users can look for continuous references and supports from its official blog.
One of the great things about Andy is that, almost anything that you can do on your phone is working in Andy. You can receive a Snapchat phone picture on the street and see it on your desktop at home or even a WhatsApp message.
It also provides users with unlimited storage capacity, PC and Mac compatibility, and the freedom to play the most popular mobile games on a desktop, With phone as a joystick and seamless connection between desktop and mobile. It offers a great gaming experience.
Price: Paid (free trial)
AMIDuos allows Windows 7/8/10 platform to emulate the Android OS, giving a bunch of application for work and play. This is a great thing for business users who use Windows platform to connect with Office, Outlook, and other Windows standards. You will have two options, either to download the android Lolipop version or Jelly Bean version.
Discontinued Android Emulators
In case you missed, an Android emulator company, Leapdriod had discontinued their product as they have joined Google. Leapdroid should have been on this list if it were still continue on development. For more info , visit: http://www.leapdroid.com/.
Besides, the Xamarin Android Player and Droix4X has also been discontinued. Not receiving update can be vulnerable to security threats, so it is advisable to only install the ones that continue its platform as listed above.