Users can run Android on Windows PC and Mac with the help of emulators. Even though Android smartphones and tablets are currently sold at affordable prices, not a few are still using emulators.
The use of an Android emulator is usually done for gaming needs, application or game development, and to increase productivity. Here are 5 recommended Android emulator applications for Windows PCs and Macs that can be considered as reported by Android Authority:
Bluestacks is one of the recommended Android emulators because it offers an easy-to-understand interface and is compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs. This emulator is best suited for gamers which offers a lot of features. However, one of the disadvantages of Bluestacks is that it is a bit ‘heavy’ to run on a Windows PC or Mac with limited specifications. Bluestacks is free to download and offers a premium version for $2 per month.
- Android Studio
Android Studio is the official software for developing Android applications. Android Studio also has a powerful and feature-rich emulator facility. The advantage of the Android Studio emulator is that it is free and suitable for testing applications or games that are being developed by developers. However, the use that is a bit complicated for the layman is the weakness of this Android Studio emulator.
ARChon differs from similar Android emulators in that it does not ‘stand alone’, but rather as an add-on to Chrome. The advantage of ARChon is that it is compatible with Mac OS, Linux and Windows. This emulator is also free to download, there is no premium version. While the weakness, support for Android applications is limited. If you want to make it compatible, it requires a rather complicated step.
Bliss is a unique Android emulator in that it runs Android through a virtual machine. The advantage of the emulator is that it can be booted natively on Android and can even be run via a flash disk. Bliss is also free to download without conditions. The downside of Bliss is that the process is complicated and only suitable for those who understand the ins and outs of computers.
KoPlayer is an Android emulator specially developed for gaming. The advantages are that this emulator has good performance, easy setup, and supports key mapping features for game control using the keyboard. The downside is that KoPlayer is only available for Windows PCs or does not support Mac or Linux.
Even so, KoPlayer is also free to download without conditions. The use of emulators is common among mobile gamers. This is done because it makes gaming activities easier, which on mobile phones can be quite complicated related to navigation, while on PC the controls are simpler. Also on a PC the screen is bigger. Each of the emulators above has different requirements for PC and Mac minimum specs. Make sure to read carefully each emulator requirement ‘spec’ before deciding to download and install it.