Since its release way back in 2008, the Android operating system has won the hearts of many and is now one of the most popular (if not the most popular) OS for mobile platforms worldwide. There are a couple of reasons for this; first off, the Android operating system is based on Linux, it’s completely open-source and it’s customizable to your heart’s content.
You can truly make your device work exactly the way you want it to, which in my perhaps biased opinion is not always the case with platforms such as iOS. And second, it simply works; the apps in the Play Store are mostly very good due to Google’s rigorous quality control, and with each version of the operating system itself, it becomes more efficient, more powerful and more user-friendly.
If you’re a mobile app developer, or if you simply want to run an Android game that’s a bit too bulky for your mobile device, you’re probably in need of a good Android emulator to run on your PC. This makes development much easier, as you don’t constantly have to switch between devices, and a PC will definitely give you more control than a sometimes awkward and clumsy touch display. Today, I want to talk about some of the best Android emulators on the market, as well as their many pros and cons that you need to consider before making your choice.
Quick note: due to geo-blocking restrictions, some of these apps might be unavailable from your region, so you might need a good VPN to download some of them (check out this cyberghost VPN review if you need a good one). With that out of the way, let’s get to the emulators!
BlueStacks is definitely the most popular Android emulator today, simply because of the fact that it is super easy to use. You don’t have to create a virtual OS like with Andy, and it isn’t really an “emulator” of Android at all – it’s simply an App player, which means that you can download apps from the Play Store and use them as if they were made for a PC. It’s a really convenient solution when you quickly need to test an Android app, and it’s a bit easier on your hardware configuration as well since it’s not a full-fledged emulation.
If you’re a serious developer, in my opinion this is the emulator that you should go for first, since it is primarily geared towards people that test and develop Android apps. The great thing about this emulator is that it gives you the ability to test the app on a number of different devices (or simulations of devices, more specifically), without actually having to own them. You see, since Android is so easy to change and customize there are some small differences across different devices (which you probably already know if you’re developing apps), and this can sometimes be an issue when you want your app to be compatible with every possible Android device. Genymotion makes testing this super easy, so I highly recommend that you check it out.
Remix OS Player
Finally, I have to mention the Remix OS player as an emulator that unlike Genymotion is almost specifically geared towards gamers that want to be able to play Android games from the comfort of their PC. It’s still relatively new and has ways to go, but if you want a simple solution for your Android gaming needs, then this one is definitely worth a shot. The only problem is that the emulator currently doesn’t work with AMD CPU’s, so unless you’re an Intel guy you’re going to have to look elsewhere.
That’s about it for this list, there are many more Android emulators out there that you can try, but I find that these four are more than sufficient for any emulating needs you might have, whether you’re a developer or just a casual user. Good luck!