11 best android OS & Emulator for Windows and Mac

Android is most popular operating system available for different devices; including mobiles, tablets and desktops. 

It’s availability on multiple devices make it platform independent. It gives attractive user experience with comes in multiple themes and user interfaces.

In this article I am going to compile different Android OS that are available for desktop PC. I will also dive into emulators that gives same user experience as a full operating system. 

Why do I need Android OS on PC? 

There are some pros of using android on PC as compared to Windows, Mac and Linux. Let us see some of the pros of using Android OS on PC and compare it with Windows, Mac and Linux.

  • Android OS is lighter in weight and doesn’t consume much CPU, RAM and battery. So you are not required to have a high-end PC to use Android.
  • Android is preferred over other OS due to the availability of some games and applications, which are not available for other OS. In that situation emulators comes into the picture.
  • It helps developers in testing the application. User can easily create test environment using Android OS and emulators to test their apps before deploying it in production environment.
  • Emulators sometimes uses so much resources if used with other OS. So usage of Android OS is recommenced as it consumes less resource then emulators on low-end PC

Listing best 11 Android OS for PC: 

I have compiled a list of best Android OS and emulators for PC. All of these are tested personally with different resources and device types.

Bliss OS (x86) – Android for your PC

Bliss OS - Android for your PC

Bliss OS is an Open Source Android OS available for various device types. It is highly optimized and recommended for PC and tables. The source code and documentation is available on GitHub.

It is available for Mac, Windows, Chromebook, and Linux. The most updated version available for Bliss OS as of writing this article is Bliss OS 11.x.

Applications and games available for Android platform can be installed on Bliss OS. Due to its light weight, it consumes less RAM and CPU and therefore is highly optimized OS for X86 based devices.

Bliss OS is available for both 32bit and 64bit PC and different CPU types.

Bliss OS supports following CPU types:

  • Intel Atom
  • Intel Celeron(i3,i5,i7,i9)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • AMD Athlon
  • AMD Ryzen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Microsoft Surface

Bliss OS minimum system requirements:

  • Memory / RAM: 1 GB
  • Graphics Card: ATI FireGL T2-128
  • CPU: See above for CPU requirements
  • HDD / Storage: 1 GB
  • Microsoft Windows: XP / Vista / 7

Genymotion – Cross-platform Android Emulator for app testing

Genymotion - Cross-platform Android Emulator for app testing

Genymotion is an not an operating system but an Android emulator for PC like Linux, Mac and Windows. It is most useful to create test environment for Android development. its is very user friendly and delivers amazing results.

Genymotion is not free and available in three different license version. Device image which is a cloud version, SaaS (software as service) and desktop for local device.

All above three versions comes with sensor, android debug bridge compatibility, and CLI & API / SDK.

Other than that each version is for specific usage case. Some of the use cases are:

Genymotion Use Case Examples

  • Automating the mobile test environment using Genymotion cloud
  • Simulate the Android experience for the customers during training session without going on actual Android device.
  • Connect with users using different social apps without installing them. This can be achieved through creating virtual Android environment.

Genymotion minimum system requirements:

  • Memory / RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: OpenGL 2.0 capable video card.
  • CPU: Dual-core 64bit CPU, VT-x or AMD-V/SMV capability
  • HDD / Storage: 120 MB (Desktop), 1GB per virtual device
  • OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

PrimeOS – Android x86 based OS for PCs/Laptops

PrimeOS - Android x86 based OS for PCs/Laptops

PrimeOS is another platform that brings Android experience on PC. It is specifically designed for computer desktops.

PrimeOS is engineered for you if you love playing games on PC. It lets you install various applications and games available only for Androids.

You can literally convert your PC into Android gaming device by installing PrimeOS.

It comes in three free different flavors; PrimeOS classic, PrimeOS Standard, and PrimeOS Mainline. For dual boot installation on Windows device, you can follow the instructions given here in PDF guide.

PrimeOS system requirements:

  • Memory / RAM: 2 GB
  • Graphics Card: OpenGL 2.0 capable video card.
  • CPU: Intel/ AMD based CPU
  • HDD / Storage: 6GB
  • OS: Windows (7, 8, 10 ) 32bit and 64bit

Koplayer – Android Emulator for PC and Mac

Koplayer - Android Emulator for PC and Mac

Koplayer is another free option which you find a great alternative if you are a Clash of Clan lover. You can leverage Koplayer emulator to play number of Android games on PC and install different Android Apps on PC.

The features like customization, search option and full featured navigation interface makes it highly user friendly.

It is available for Windows and Mac. It lets you enjoy Android games on big screen with high screen resolution.

Some of the features include screen recording, free downloadable apps and games, share recording with friends, and inbuilt Google play store.

You can screen record while playing games, or creating a how-to tutorials and share it with your friends or upload it on Youtube.

KoPlayer System Requirements

  • Memory / RAM: 2 GB
  • Graphics Card: OpenGL 2.0 capable video card.
  • CPU: Dual core Intel/ AMD based CPU
  • HDD / Storage: 10GB
  • OS: Windows (7, 8, 10 ), Mac 32bit and 64bit

Remix OS – PC Desktop Version of Android

RemixOS - PC Desktop Version of Android

Remix OS is and Android OS available for free to download. It is lightweight operating system with multi-window functionality.

Due to its lightweight and portability, it can easily be installed on a USB pend drive. The minimum storage requirement for this OS is 8GB.

Remix OS supports 32bit and 64bit machines and can be installed on Macbook or other Intel machines without any problem.

Remix OS System Requirements

  • Memory / RAM: 2 GB
  • Graphics Card: No specification given.
  • CPU: Dual core Intel/ AMD based CPU
  • HDD / Storage: 8GB

Phoenix OS – Free Android based Operating System

Phoenix OS - Free Android based Operating System

Phoenix OS is another Android OS for you, if you want to experience Android games on big screens. New versions of Phoenix OS supports 64bit machines and the interface is similar to Remix OS.

It is based on lightweight Android 7.1 with all the features that Remix OS has; like multi-windows, peripheral support, availability of desktop, etc.

Games can bu ran in full graphics settings solid 60 frames/seconds graphics and without any lag.

Phoenix OS support games like PUBG, Clash of Clans, Swordigo, Beach Buggy, Real Racing by EA,

Phoenix OS System Requirements

  • Memory / RAM: 2GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 3600 Series or NVIDIA GeForce GT 330, DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
  • CPU: Intel/ AMD x86 based CPU
  • HDD / Storage: 2GB internal / 8GB external external USB drive

OpenThos – Android X86 based operating system with apps

OpenThos - Android X86 based operating system with apps

OpenThos  is another open source Android OS for x86 based PCs. The user interface is similar to Windows OS. It only supports 64bit machines.

OpenThos is highly resource consuming OS and not recommended for low-end PC. It requires at least 50GB of storage with high performance PC to build the project.

Although the operating system itself requires minimum of 2GB memory and 8GB storage.

You can follow the steps here to install OpenThos OS on your PC.

OpenThos System Requirements

  • Memory / RAM: 2GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 3600 Series or NVIDIA GeForce GT 330, DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
  • CPU: Intel/ AMD x86 based CPU 64bit support
  • HDD / Storage: 8GB

Fyde OS – Future-oriented cloud-driven operating system

Fyde OS - Future-oriented cloud-driven operating system

Fyde OS is another choice to bring Android on PC. This operating system supports 64-bits systems.

It is nothing but a fork of Chrome OS, supports Chinese language. The source code for this project is on GitHub. You can contribute to the source code if you are a developer.

It is available for PC, VMWare and different tablets like Microsoft Surface, Raspberry pi 400, Google Chromebook, GPD pocket 2, Pinebook pro.

To get it start, simply install it on your system and log in with your Google account.

It doesn’t come with the play store and hence ever application has to be installed separately.

You can install in on Windows with dual boot. Here is a documentation that shows step by step instructions

Fyde OS System Requirements

  • Memory / RAM: 4GB
  • Graphics Card: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • CPU: CPU with hardware virtualization support
  • HDD / Storage: 16GB

Android X86 Project – Android OS for x86 PC

Android X86 Project - Android OS for x86 PC

Android X86 Project is another open source Android operating system gives you the feeling of Android on big screens. It supports X86 systems.

It is highly Customizable which is not available in most of the above listed OS. The interface is very straight forward and simple to use and supports multiple languages.

Recently release version is Android-x86 8.1-r6 released , supports Google Play Store. This project is backed up by multiple sponsors and a big open source community.

Android x86 Project System Requirements

  • Memory / RAM: 1.2GB
  • Graphics Card: Intel and AMD GPUs
  • CPU: x86 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • HDD / Storage: 3GB

Bluestacks – Fastest Android Emulator for PC and Mac

Bluestacks - Fastest Android Emulator for PC and Mac

Bluestacks is one of the most prominent Android emulator that is mostly used by gamers to plan Android games on big screen.

It supports more then 2 million multiple genre games backed up by some famous companies like intel, AMD, Qualcomm etc.

Some of the famous games that are available on this platform are Lord of Heroes, RAID, King of Avalon, Rise of Kingdom, State of Survival etc.

 Bluestacks System Requirements

  • Memory / RAM: 4GB
  • Graphics Card: Intel and AMD GPUs
  • CPU: Intel and AMD processor
  • HDD / Storage: 5GB
  • OS: Windows 7 +/ Mac

Lineage OS – Open source Android Emulator

Lineage OS - Open source Android Emulator

Lineage OS is famous for customizing the ROM for the Android based devices. The best part is, it’s freely available and open source.

It provides API for developers to play with and a big community to support.

The operating system is available in multiple languages, with extra tweaks from the developers. It is considered best and most updated operating system for Android devices.

Lineage OS System Requirements: Not available

  • Memory / RAM: 2GB
  • Graphics Card: Intel and AMD GPUs
  • CPU: 2 GHz dual-core processor or better
  • HDD / Storage: 8GB

Final wordings:

So, there are number of other options available to bring Android OS on big screen. These are some tried ones that are light on your system and consumes less resources.

There are some emulators listed as well to use them with a virtual machine. I’ll update the article as I hands on more. Do comment which one you like and why.

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