Yep, you can run Android apps in Windows via an emulator.
Is there a cool Android app or game that you’d like to check out, but you don’t have an Android device? No problem. You can run that app in Windows courtesy of an Android emulator. Such programs as Andy, BlueStacks, Droid4X, KoPlayer, and Memo emulate the Android operating system on your Windows computer so you can run Android games and other apps designed for Google’s mobile OS. Some emulators offer more features than others, while some are simpler to install and use than others. Once you get the emulator installed, how can you find, download, and install your favorite Android apps? Let’s check it out.
You’ll find several different Android emulators floating about in cyberspace. Some are geared more toward Android developers; others are geared more toward consumers interested in playing Android games or using Android productivity apps. Some are free, others will cost you some cash. Some run one of the newer flavors of Android; other run older versions. Here, I’ll look at several free Android emulators designed for those of you who want to run mobile apps and games.
This free emulator starts you off with several Android apps, including a web browser, Gmail, a camera app, a music app, a calculator, a news and weather app, and a control panel. You’ll also see the standard home, back, and menu buttons to navigate around the screen. Just like on an Android mobile device, you can customize your home screen with apps and widgets. To snag more apps, you can add your Google account to the program and access the Google Play store from Andy. From there, you can download any Android app you want from Google’s app store. You can also grab movies, music, and books.