I've just purchased Threema, a smartphone messenger that respects privacy, to run through an Android emulator on my computer. I thought that choosing an Android emulator should be easy, but, so far, I haven't found one that looks good enough.
I just want to run that messaging application, so I don't need much (graphics) performance. I'd prefer to use a "standard" Android UI, not a native helper application that calls the specific Apps on the Android System. Some file system access to load files from the host computer would be nice. It should respect privacy, and should be no CPU overkill, but rather economical on the host's resources. Regarding the host OS, I'd prefer Linux, but I guess the chance is higher to find something for Windows, so this should be OK, too. I'd be willing to spend some bucks if that helps.
I know that it is probably impossible to find something that fulfills all of them, but I'd be glad to find anything that gets as closely as possible.
My experience so far:
- Andy OS eats a LOT of CPU because of running VMware in the background. It installs questionable games on its own, without confirmation, due to advertising. Usage is interrupted by launching these games, as well. Copying Photos worked OK, but could be better.
- I can't get the official Android Emulator to run. I've installed the complete Android Studio, and enabled Virtualisation, but when I start the default Nexus 5 from the Virtual Device Manager, it doesn't get past the Android boot logo.
I can't believe that there is no Android emulator out there, that could be described as nice software. They can't be all that cluttered, can they? I'd appreciate any ideas!