Android has been one of those much-hyped about open source operating systems that has been around for years and has still not managed to find an easy port over to a Mac. Back in the day it wasn’t a great idea to emulate any OS on a Mac other than what came out of the box. However, as is with the case of technology, times have changed and Android has now found the perfect platform to give Mac users a higher level of productivity. Here are my top 5 emulators that your Macs will love.
When virtualisation was first announced, no-one really wanted to get into the market except for large hosting and cloud-based enterprises. However a small startup in silicon valley decided to bank on it and came up with a SAAS like mode of Android emulation. What gave BlueStacks its much deserved attention was the level of overhauling that team gave their app. Now with more than 90 million users, BlueStacks has given users a great way to install and run Android Games, Tweaks and Applications on their Macs.
This was initially designed to be a Windows styled dual-boot fix that would serve as the perfect platform to bring adequate Android functionality to every user. However, with the way Mac optimised it’s CPU, ConsoleOS now becomes a great alternative to BlueStacks. Gamers will love this emulation / virtualisation software as it takes complete advantage of the Mac’s OpenGL system and powers all of the Google Android Store’s games.
This free emulation tool comes just in time to help users find another way to work seamlessly on a Mac with Android apps. Although this 600MB file can cause lag to the core GPU, it’s great team is always on the lookout for bugs and are constantly revamping their core files to get stuff sorted out. The developers at Andy focus more on software usability and user behaviour. What’s more notable is that Andy is probably the only emulator in the market that bridges the gap between a Mac and a smartphone.
One of the earliest emulators around, YouWave is another alternative to BlueStacks and is probably on it’s way to become a great tool that every Mac user should have. Sadly, YouWave is based on a VirtualBox module and users may experience lag issues while installing and running advanced Android applications. With a price tag of $19.99 it may be a little pricey to get started with emulation but then again, YouWave is a developer friendly virtual OS.
This is an Android Open Source Project that gained great traction back in 2013. This tool with it’s PC based architecture achieved it’s success in being able to run a Linux-based distribution with developer friendly accessibility. Now based on the Dalvik Virtual Machine and moving slowly towards ART (Android Runtime), it is the only emulation tool for Mac that works flawlessly with Android 5.0 Lollipop.