Andy OS v0.46.16.48 Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
There are different Android emulators for PC in the market, but they have their limitations. In general, these programs are designed as app launchers, particularly gaming apps. Andy bridges the gap by delivering a complete Android tablet experience on PC. The free emulator delivers a seamless connection between mobile and desktop, enabling users to run all their communication apps from their computers.
- Uses the latest Android OS
- Allows downloading of apps from desktop browsers directly to the emulator
- Provides seamless synchronization between mobile devices and computers
- Allows users to access all their favorite entertainment and communication apps on computer
- Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems
Andy provided a distinct tablet feel right from the installation stage. Once the download process was complete, the dark-themed window that appeared displayed the information: "Android is upgrading". It then displayed a welcome screen that required us to choose our preferred language. When we clicked the "Start" button, the emulator started connecting, identifying itself as a tablet. We then went through the process of registering it with our Google account and choosing various sync options.
At the end of the setup process, the emulator once more identified itself as a tablet by displaying the information: "Your tablet is set up and ready to use." Indeed, when we clicked on the "Settings" menu, on the upper left corner of the application window, and then clicked on "About tablet", the model number displayed as GT-P5200, which is a Samsung Galaxy tab. It was running Android version 4.2.2.
Andy comes with the usual stock Android apps like messaging, email and even app store, which allows you to download other apps. We could browse the Internet through Andy and even use our Android communication apps like whatsapp, snapchat and Viber. If you want to enjoy the touchscreen feel, then you can use your phone to control the games you play on your desktop. You can also use keyboard shortcuts.
The emulator gives you full control on how you want to customize it. You can add and remove widgets on the home screen or copy files directly from your desktop to the emulator.
The virtual machine Andy runs on also allows you to tweak things like base memory, but you should not mess around if you are not sure of what you are doing.
Andy is a true Android emulator that lets you use your computer as a tablet. It works fast though it is resource-hungry.
Software Product Description
With the use of your phone as a joystick, you never have to sacrifice the multi-touch or gyro elements of gaming. And thanks to seamless connection between desktop and mobile, you can receive a SnapChat phone picture on the street and see it on your desktop at home!
Only Andy syncs to the users Google play account through the cloud. This means that if you got to level 16 on your phone this morning, youre not starting back at level 1 when playing after work on your PC. Only with Andy are your devices synced, so youll never loose that near-perfect score.
Remote control app can be found here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.greatfruit.andy.joypad
"Not able to uninstall"
Review Date: 2016-04-15
Pros: Free and it works.
Cons: The advertisement which appeared when running it was so irrigating that I tried to uninstall it after about 30 minutes of using it. Trying to uninstall through Win 10 failed (Clicking on Uninstall had no effect at all). I tried the Revo Uninstaller but it did not even list Andy OS as one of the installed programs. Similarly attempt at uninstallation through Glary Utilities also failed. Finally I had to resort to restoring my system to a previous restore point to get rid of it. I'll not touch it again.
Other Thoughts: None