Are you a big fan of Android? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get access to all your favorite Android apps while using your desktop PC or your laptop, on a Windows OS?
Thanks to ‘Windows’ based applications known as Android Emulators, this is definitely possible. Some people use these emulators to try out the feel of an Android OS, before actually buying an Android powered phone, while some use it just because they are so madly addicted to Android!
In this article, we’ll go through the top 2 such programs that will help you to run Android apps on your Windows OS.
Probably the most popular application out there, that replicates an Android based environment and runs all the latest Android apps without any problems. The application can run on both 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems, and has the ability to go either full screen or run in a windowed mode.
To browser the Play Store, just as in a proper Android device, you would need to sign-in via your Google account, or make a new one if you don’t have one already. Be default, you will have apps like Facebook, Twitter, App Store, and Amazon App Store installed already on the ‘Emulated’ Android environment.
To increase the user experience and the feel of an Android, you can take advantage of the touch features in case you have Windows 8 installed. Tap functions, swiping and drag/drop features are all exactly the same as you might expect in an Android based system.
You can download the BlueStacks software from its official website.
YouWave, in comparison with BlueStacks, offers a fully functional and much richer Android environment. You get a complete home screen, an app menu and everything more that can be expected from an Android OS.
However, like BlueStacks, YouWave does not have any Android apps pre-installed, so you’ll have to first get the Play Store app, and then use it to search and download other apps. You’ll have to sign-in using your Gmail account to get access to and download apps from the Play Store.
You can download YouWave from their official website.
It’s the beauty of Android that such emulators can easily ‘emulate’ an Android environment on your Windows OS. You’ll need a reasonable amount of processing and graphics power on your system to run multiple apps at once on the emulator. Similarly, some Android games can cause the emulator to slow down. The best option is to make sure you have the latest drivers for your graphics card.
Please do let us know about your experience of running Android on your Windows? We’d love to know what you think of these two apps!