Android emulators/simulators are largely required to run Android apps & games on PC (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) . However, choosing the correct Android emulator might become a daunting task, as if not selected properly they can really slow down your Computer (e.g Bluestacks) . So, here we bring you the best 7 Android emulators for your PC – Windows 7/8/8.1/10 which you can use to run android on computer
Emulator # 1 – Droid4X
Droid4X is the newest amongst all of the emulators mentioned in this article, but perhaps its the most interesting. Droid4X is designed for real Power! in the hands of user, and its features too point to the same . Droid4X has some salient features such as It comes Pre-rooted, with Play Store installed . Its pretty fast,doesn’t lag & even allows you to configure your keyboard as a controller! for the emulator – Checkout this Droid4X tutorial for the same.
Emulator # 2 – BlueStacks
BlueStacks is the most widely used Android emulator or Android App Player for Windows . It used to be free but now is only in Specific regions
- Easy One-click installation on the Windows System (Split-online installer as well as offline installer is available).
- Easily install 3rd party apk’s or android apps by simply double clicking on the apk files.
- No other-3rd party virtualization required (VirtualBox isn’t required).
Emulator # 3 – Andyroid – Andy OS
AndyRoid is one of its own kind Android Emulator for Windows 7/8/8.1/10 . It supports some unique features which aren’t supported by any other android emulators out there such as – Using your phone as remote control while playing games! , ARM support, You can directly install apps in your andy emulator through your host’s desktop browser!.
Andyroid is very similar and may be classified as an advanced alternative to Genymotion as both of them require VirtualBox to be installed on the system.
Emulator # 4 – Windroy – The Android emulator with a Windows Kernel!
Windroy is perhaps the most unique Emulators present in this article because of the fact – It completely runs using the Windows Kernel!
Windroy doesnt require any external Virtualbox support like bluestacks, also its quite light-weight and handy to use!. You just have to take care that the directory path wherein you install Windroy must not contain Spaces.
Click here to download Windroy with Gapps.(PlayStore Supported)
Emulator # 5 – GenyMotion
GenyMotion is another advanced Android Emulator for PC , and may be classified as a worthy alternative to/of Bluestacks. GenyMotion has advanced features like OpenGL, and hardware aceleration support. Its built on the x86 Architecture and hence is faster as compared to BlueStacks.
Emulator # 6 – Xamarin Android Player
The Xamarin Android Player I’m sure is one of the most unheard Android Emulator/Simulator!. Eventhough, its unheard and comparatively lesser popular – Its really quite good! It provides the Latest Android experience on your PC/Mac for Free!
It having been developed by a programming-service oriented company its main focus is on developers- and is almost bugless!
However, like GenyMotion and Andy OS – Xamarin does requires Virtual Box dependencies.
Emulator # 7 – DuOS-M Android Emulator
There was a tough competition amongst YouWave and DuOS-M for this last spot as both offer free 1-Month Trial, but in the end i decided to go with DuOS-M simply upon my Personal Choice.
DuOS offers full android experience on PC , with support even for multi-touch, pinch to zoom etc! Thus simplifying the PC Gaming!
DuOS-M Android Emulator also offers GPS and Application compatibilty and is easier to use too! hence, it just makes it to this article even though it offers only a month’s free trial.
So, these are the top 7 free android emulators for PC/windows , If you know of some other one do comment , also feel free to ask any questions regarding them