Are you looking for a way to run Android apps on your desktop? You might want to consider getting Andy, an Android Jelly Bean emulator that runs as a full software unlike BlueStacks or Youwave that only allows you to run Android apps. Those who want to test out the Android environment before buying an Android smartphone or those who want to play their favorite games on a much larger display will want to get Andy.
Andy is available free to download and works with Mac or Windows machines. Some of its key features include
- Provides seamless sync between desktop and mobile devices
- Connects Win/Mac with Android apps for launching, push notifications and storage
- Enables app download from any desktop browser direct to Andy OS
- Ensures most up to date Android OS at all times
- Brings your favorite communication and entertainment mobile apps to the desktop
Since Andy is an Android emulator that’s a virtual machine running on VirtualBox the performance can sometimes be laggy on older machines.
To get Andy all you have to do is download it from the official site and follow the steps below.
- Install the downloaded file. You will have to approve a Windows firewall request.
- Once the system boots up (could take up to a minute) you will see an Android welcome screen. Use your mouse to click on Start or if your monitor has a touchscreen feature simply tap on Start.
- Sign in to your Google account and complete the setup screens.
- You are now ready to use Andy
You will have access to the Google Play Store so you can choose among the different apps to install on your desktop. One popular app is Whatsapp. There’s also an Andy app available for smartphones. This allows your smartphone to be used as a remote control for the desktop emulator. This comes in handy when playing games that require accelerometer or touch-based controls.
Although you will be signing in with your Google account any app you install or delete on the Andy Android emulator won’t affect your smartphone and vice versa since Andy is a standalone software.