Currently, you can run a variety of apps on your Windows PC. However, those apps have to be Windows-based for them to run correctly. There are some useful Android apps which you may wish to run on your PC for various reasons. For example, you may wish to enjoy an android game on a bigger computer screen or to test your app if you are a developer. You will have to go through a couple of options for you to be able to run Android apps on Windows PC. Dual-booting and using Android emulators are probably the most effective options available.
Android emulators can simply be defined as Android virtual devices, which are representations of specific Android devices on a computer. Using an emulator thus allows you to try out applications on a variety of Android API levels and devices without actually having the physical devices. It provides nearly all the capabilities of the real devices. Examples of what you can do include simulating calls and texts, specifying device location, simulating hardware sensors such as rotation, and accessing Google Play Store among many other things.
Installing the emulator is quite easy, using a similar process of installing other PC programs. Once installed, you can do everything that is Android related from within the program. Some of the most popular emulators include VirtualBox, NOX, GenyMotion, and Official Android Emulator. You can also opt for app players such as BlueStacks, which will run your android apps but do not replicate the full Android experience. It is important to note that android emulators will not offer a smooth experience as the actual devices would. They might be a little slower and lack fluidity.
Dual booting is an excellent alternative to the Android emulators, especially if you wish to use the newer Android versions. However, it’s set up is a bit more complicated. The basic idea behind it is to transform your computer into an Android device such that you can boot into the Android operating system as you switch it on. The installation is complicated because a third-party Android developer must add computer hardware such as the graphics cards and Intel processors. You will need to find a custom distribution which can support your machine. Android-X86 and Phoenix OS are two of the most popular Android operating systems for PC dual booting.