Use Andy to emulate Android on your desktop

There are lots of great reasons to use an Android emulator. Perhaps you’re thinking of ditching your iPhone in favor of, say, a Google Nexus, but want to test-drive Android first. Or maybe there’s an app that would be convenient to run on your PC, like Messaging or WhatsApp. Heck, maybe you just want to enjoy Clash of Clans on a larger screen.

Whatever your plans, Andy should be able to accommodate them. Unlike BlueStacks, which merely runs Android apps, this free utility gives you a fully operable Android experience on a Windows or Macsystem, and can even sync with your existing Android device. Here’s how to get started:

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Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Step one: Download, install, and start Andy. (I tested it on a system running Windows 8.) You’ll need to approve a Windows firewall request the first time you run it.

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Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Step two: After about a minute of “booting,” you should see an Android Welcome screen, same as if you’d just booted a new tablet. (Andy currently runs Android 4.2, aka Jelly Bean.) Use your mouse to click Start (unless your system has a touchscreen, in which case you can tap!).

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