Originally posted on androidpolice.
Turn any laptop or desktop computer into an Android device!
Testing and developing Android apps can be enjoyable, but it can also be frustrating when determining how an app will work on the numerous types of mobile devices out there. With so many incredible devices running Android and each company having its own variant that functions slightly differently from the stock version, it’s physically impossible to test your app on each one. Thankfully, you don’t have to. With an Android emulator, you can test your app or game without owning a single Android device, saving you time and aggravation.
Of course, this isn’t the only reason to utilize an android emulator. Among other things, you might just wish to use your laptop or widescreen gaming monitor to play your favorite games, especially since there are so many top Android games to enjoy. Whatever your reason, we’re here to save you even more time by sharing the top Android emulators for PC and macOS devices.
This gaming-focused Android emulator for Windows is easy to install and is ready to go right out of the box. LDPlayer 9 (the latest version) uses Android 9, while LDPlayer 4 uses Android 7. The LDPlayer UI differs from an Android device; it’s more like a web browser in that every app opens in a new tab (visible at the top of the screen). You can install various apps and games from the “LD Store” and Google Play Store. Additionally, it has a few system apps pre-installed: web browser, file manager, gallery, contacts, files, messaging, and Google Play Games. There’s a Premium upgrade (monthly or yearly subscription) that will remove sponsored ads on the emulator desktop and pop-ups and ads from sponsored apps. It’s also noted that the subscription can reduce network bandwidth, CPU, and memory consumption, thus improving your gaming experience. Since there’s intermittent stuttering when playing games through the free tier, the upgrade can be worth it if you plan on using LDPlayer regularly.