An Android emulator is basically an Android Virtual Device (AVD) that represents a specific Android device. We can also use an Android emulator as a target platform to run and test your Android applications on our PC. An Android emulator is generally installed by default during the RAD Studio installation.
Android Emulators are seemingly becoming more popular as Android’s popularity keeps growing globally. From developers testing apps to gamers playing on a large screen, users yearn for experiencing Android operating system with a mouse and keyboard, coupled with high specifications of the PC.
Maybe if you are switching from iPhone to Android, or you merely want to test out a Custom ROM, the possibilities with Android Emulator can become endless. So let us take a look at the best android emulators for pc :
Nox App player is especially targeted towards Android gamers. Although the emulator is perfectly fine for other Android apps and enjoying the whole Android experience, it is preferred for playing massive games like PUBG or Justice League. And it’s absolutely free with no sponsored ads thankfully.
The Nox emulator also allows us to map keys of Keyboard, Mouse, and Gamepad. You can even assign keyboard keys for gestures, for instance, mapping you can add shortcut for swiping right.
You can also specify the CPU and RAM usage in the settings option to get the best gaming results. Nox App Player makes it comparatively easier to root the device under one minute. This Android emulator is based on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). The only problem with Nox is that it overloads the system. Thus, you can’t use tons of other apps on your PC.
BlueStacks is definitely the most known Android emulator among the Android users. The emulator is preferred for gaming and is very easy to set up. Other than Play Store, you also have the option of downloading BlueStacks optimized apps from its own app store online. The newer version, called BlueStack 3, also supports keyboard mapping but at the same time does not go well with gestures.
A major drawback of BlueStacks emulator is that it gets sluggish in productivity apps with time. Other than that, the sponsored ads make also the emulator lose behind other top free emulators.
BlueStacks Android emulator is based on Android Nougat..
MeMu is relatively a new app player in comparison to the other emulators .It was launched in 2015 and the MeMu Play, again, is focused on gaming. If we talk about the speed, this Android emulator gives similar results as Nox and BlueStacks.
One of the important features of MeMu Android emulator is its support for both AMD and Nvidia chips. It supports different Android versions like Android Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and Lollipop too. While MeMu advocates for high-performance gaming, but the graphics performance is relatively poor. We can notice little textures and smoothness missing when compared to other app players.
MeMu is currently based on Android version Lollipop and works top of the class with many productivity apps. And if you are looking forward to playing games like Ingress or Pokémon Go, this can be a good choice.
Just like other gaming emulators out there, Ko Player too focuses on delivering lag-free gaming experience with a lightweight software.
As Ko Player is totally free of cost yet you might see few ads there. The app player is very easy to install and navigate through other apps. It does support keyboard mapping and gamepad emulation.
The drawback of this Android emulator is that it sometimes freezes out of the blue. Also, the player is quite buggy and makes it difficult for the user to uninstall the Android emulator.
Genymotion is not your casual Android emulator; it is only targeted for the developers. The Android emulator lets you test apps on a lot of virtual devices with different versions of Android. The emulator is also compatible with Android SDK and Android Studio. It even works macOS and Linux.
Since Genymotion is inclined towards developers, it is also equipped with lots of developer-friendly features. And it might not be the right choice for people looking for Android gaming experience online.
Android Studio is basically a development IDE (Integrated development environment) from Google itself and especially caters to developers. It generally comes with a bunch of tools and plugins to help developers build and test their applications.
Android Studio has a built-in emulator but it actually packs fewer features in comparison to Genymotion. The emulator is not for general usage and playing heavy games. Android Studio is tough to set up but simultaneously it has favorite of many developers.
Well, Remix OS is not like other Android emulators out there. It is an entire Android OS in which you can boot into.
Remix OS is a Jide Technology product, that is a company formed by Google’s former employees. You can put Remix OS on a USB device and also boot from there to any computer on the planet. The Android emulator is good for productivity apps but it does not support heavy gaming.
Currently Jide technology has officially killed its support for Remix OS.
ARChon is definitely not some big shot Android emulator, nor it has a huge fan following, it’s more of a fix to run Android apps on Chrome OS.
It basically started out when Google brought support for two or three Android apps on Chrome Web Browser. Following which, a GitHub developer took it a notch further and released ARChon to run all Android apps on Chrome.
The ARChon Android emulator is sadly not suited for hardcore gaming, but it is excellent for using productivity app due to its easy access.
So, these were just some of the options available. There are a lot more out there.