Android Emulators for PC
Genymotion falls into the category of emulators meant mainly for app development and testing. In fact, this emulator can be used by an entire team of software developers to the support personnel. When this is meant for developer, it has many features meant for app development and testing, which would not mean much to a casual Android gamer or someone who wants to use an Android app on a big screen. It has features such as resizable windows, screencasts, Java API, command-line tool, CPU virtualization, sensor emulation, pre-configured devices, etc. One thing that is great about Genymotion is that you can simply drag-n-drop apps to install them on the device.
Genymotion can run on OS X, Windows, and Linux.
- 2GB RAM
- 400 MB HDD
YouWave is one the best Android emulators. It is based on VirtualBox and has own virtual disk space which is separate from the Windows File System. Its files are stored in Virtual Disk (VDI) files. You can access files inside YouWave through its shared folder or through cloud storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox etc.
The system requirements are not high and the interface is user-friendly and easy to navigate. One good thing about YouWave app is that it is compatible with Google Wallet and PayPal transactions. It is, however, a paid emulator and you will have to pay to use it after the trial period is over. The emulated Android environment also lacks the crispness and clarity of devices.
- Intel Pentium 1.6GHz CPU
- 5GB DRAM
- 500MB disk space
- Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/ Windows 8 (32/64 bit)
BlueStacks is very easy to set up – just go to its website, download, install and off you go. BlueStacks is best used for running Android games and light productivity apps. The user interface of BlueStacks is pretty good and feels just like using an Android phone on your desktop. It synchronizes with your Google account so you can even log into Google Play Store and download apps. The experience gets as close to stock Android as possible though it has been slightly modified for PC use.
- Windows 7/8/8.1/Vista/XP (32-bit)
- 2GB RAM
- 9GB HDD (for apps, games, and their data)