Not many people know this, but you don’t need to have an Android device for using Android apps and playing games! You can do both these things by creating an Android environment inside your Windows, Mac or Linux device using an Android emulator. For those who don’t know, Android emulator is a simple piece of utility software that can run Android OS inside the actual OS you’re running, such as Microsoft Windows or macOS.
Although there weren’t many choices before, by 2017, there are different types of Android emulators you’d find. To help you select the best one, we have created a list of the best Android emulators of 2017. We have given equal importance to usability, features, and stability. Most of these emulators are built to run apps and play games, not for extensive development.
Nox App Player is undoubtedly the best Android emulator you can have in 2017, available for both Windows and macOS. Despite the name App Player, Nox App Player creates a virtual Android device inside your PC or Mac. You can use it for playing games, using apps and even for some stuff of development. Simple installing process and complete access to Play Store are just two awesome features of this emulator.
If you are planning hardcore Android gaming, you can enjoy the features like Keyboard Control and Graphics Control. On the other hand, when it comes to installing and running apps, Nox App Player offers ultimate compatibility. In other words, when you set up this Android emulator, you will receive a fully-fledged Android device that runs on v4.4. It is our personal favorite when it comes to running apps.
When compared to the typical Android emulators you have seen, AMIDuOS is somewhat more powerful. It ensures the best-class hardware and software performance through classic optimization. Instead of creating a virtual machine, AMIDuOS will be optimizing the Windows hardware to run Android apps and features. It’s pretty useful, given the complete access to Android-based features.
Currently, AMIDuOS is available for Windows PCs only. Once installed, your virtual Android device is just one click away. It should be noted that, unlike Nox App Player, AMIDuOS is paid. However, you can always run a free trial before you actually purchase the software. We’d recommend AMIDuOS only if you need a powerful system. It’s an overkill if you just need to play some games or use WhatsApp.
Bluestacks is the Android emulator that has been dedicated to gaming. If your primary purpose of having a virtual Android device is gaming, you can consider going for Bluestacks. It’s available for Mac and PC, offering almost the same features too. The latest version of the program is Bluestacks 3 and it offers many not-seen-before features.
Despite the optimizations for gaming, Bluestacks is pretty good for running apps too. It’s, more often than not, recommended as the best way to access WhatsApp from your PC or Mac. You can also have a simple & effective installation, followed by a standard-level performance in this emulator. On top of all these, it’s free to use and trustworthy.
Remix OS Player calls itself the most advanced Android game emulator in the world. Developed by Jide, the program is completely optimized for Android gaming and associated features. Keyboard Mapping and option for remembering the settings are just some features of the program. You can enjoy the perks when it comes to multi-user gaming too.
For those who are beginners, Remix OS Player will be installing a virtual device that runs Remix OS, which is essentially based on Android. However, inside that system, you can run almost all the Android games, apps you like. Multi-tasking is one of the best features when you emulate Android using Remix OS Player because it has brought a Desktop interface on top of Android Marshmallow. But, Remix OS Player is quite a lot heavy.
Comprehensively speaking, we still believe that Nox App Player is the best choice in the list. It’s perhaps the simplest way to run Android apps and play games, in an effective and smooth manner. While others offer a bunch of fancy features and performance, not many users want them. Also, when compared to the 3 other emulators we have covered, Nox offers a more standard version of Android. Despite all these, you have an option to make your own choice. Happy Android gaming, folks!