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Looking for a worthy BlueStacks alternative Check out Andy the Android emulator. (Image courtesy of Andyroid). (Image courtesy of Andyroid)

We bet you already know or heard about BlueStacks, the popular Android emulator for Windows computers. But if you?re on a quest for other free emulators that offer the same (if not better) features then Andy is a good choice.

Andy the Android Emulator

This emulator for Google?s renowned mobile operating system has recently been featured in the XDA Developers site?s portal news. It?s a piece of software that you can install on a Windows or Mac OS-powered device in order for you to run the Android OS and in turn use all of the mobile apps in Google Play.

With it, you may never have to leave your desktop or laptop and reach for your phone just to check Snapchat, WhatsApp, or play games like Clash of Clash and Candy Crush. Andy even allows you to use your phone as a remote control or joystick for playing games.

Android emulator comparison: BlueStacks vs. Andy

The official Andy website, called, posted this image showcasing the features comparison among Andy, BlueStacks, and YouWave which is a paid emulator.


Android emulator comparison chart (Image courtesy of Andyroid)

Android emulator comparison chart (Image courtesy of Andyroid)

Android-centric website also published a review comparing the two popular Android emulator programs. The site breaks down the comparison in four areas; a. ease of use and setup, b. gaming, c. productivity, and d. miscellaneous features. Of those four, BlueStacks only managed to beat Andy in the first area. Overall, Andy emerged as the better emulator provided you?re willing to go through a slightly more complicated installation process.

How to install Andy on your Windows or Mac computer

As mentioned, Andy is free to download on your Windows or Mac right from its website. Once you get the installer, all you need to do is follow the instruction flashed on your monitor.

If you?re using a Windows 8.1 machine, folks from XDA suggest that you follow this clip to help you install and configure Andy Android emulator on your laptop or desktop.

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