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The five best Android emulators for PC

21 mayo, 2021

We have game console emulators, Linux subsystems for Windows, software that allows you to run Windows apps on Linux, etc, etc. In the background, we want to be able to use everything at all times, without this implying us having to change devices. Not even on the screen.

But what if what we want is to be able to use the same applications that we have been using on our mobiles on our PC? Well, for that we have various Android emulators available for our use. From Genbeta we have made a short list of the most outstanding:

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Android x86 + Virtual Machine

Androidx86

The first Android emulator on our list … not an emulator. Android x86 is a ‘port’ or adaptation of the Android of our smartphones to be able to be installed directly on PCs and used, if desired, as the main operating system. If instead of this we install it in a virtual machine such as VirtualBox or VMWare Workstation, it will give us the option of using Android software without having to stop using our Windows (or Linux) systems.

The Android x86 project was born just one year after the Android market launch, and it has now adapted the penultimate version of Android, 9 ‘Pie’. Android x86 emulates WiFi connections on Ethernet computers to improve compatibility with applications and offers an alternative taskbar equipped with a start menu and recent applications tray (in the style of Microsoft Windows and Linux desktops).

Android, as a good relative of GNU / Linux that it is, it also lends itself to that of ‘distributions’So if the standard Android-x86 doesn’t convince you, you can always turn to alternatives like Bliss OS or PrimeOS.

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Genymotion

Genymotion

Genymotion is a particular case: it is not an operating system designed to make a device work by itself, but it still works on VirtualBox, like Android-x86. It does not mean that you have to install two programs separately, because VirtualBox is already included in the Genymotion installation.

Your Android experience is, contrary to the previous case, identical to what we could find on any mobile. The explanation is simple: is especially aimed at Android app developers, who need to get as detailed an idea as possible of how their apps will work on users’ smartphones.

In fact, allows emulating specific smartphone models: The virtual machine of HTC One with Android 4.3 will not work the same as that of a Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1.1.

To make it easier for developers, We can use Genymotion to test the apps we create from Android Studio on the fly, although this IDE also allows you to install your own virtual machines (the performance is usually better if we opt for the Genymotion ones).

Bluestacks

Bluestacks

Possibly the most used Android emulator (it already has 400 million users, according to its website) and one of the oldest, BlueStacks is specially designed for the ‘gamer’ public. This has led its creators to simplify its use, facilitating its installation and including a large number of installed applications (whose number we can expand by using the Google Play Store).

In addition, its interface also seeks, as in the case of Android x86, to resemble a standard PC desktop, including aspects such as multi-window functions. In addition, thinking of facilitating the use of games, includes keyboard and mouse mapping, and even real-time application translation (A function specially designed for Asian RPGs, which often lack a version for the West).

MEmu Play

Memu

Also MEmu Play (formerly ‘MEmu’, just) is an emulator focused on the field of video games. Like BlueStacks, it has Google Play integration, mouse and key mapping, and the ability to run and view multiple apps simultaneously.

MEmu also offers all kinds of facilities to transfer files between the PC and the emulator environment, as well as with a GPS simulation system. One feature that its users highlight about this program is its good performance when running games.

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ARCHon

Archon

6 years ago, Google launched a technology called App Runtime for Chrome (ARC), which allowed Android apps to run on Chrome OS. Soon after, a developer took advantage of this technology to create ARChon, an extension for Google Chrome that allows run Android apps directly from the browser.

Despite what it may seem, it is not a good option for the user who wants to “go easy”.: its installation requires activating the ‘developer mode’ of Chrome because it is not included in the Play Store, and any app that we want to run we must first convert it into a Chrome extension, using the tools that ARCHon collects on its website.

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