Android is the most popular mobile operating system. It shares the largest chunk of smartphone OS. The success can be attributed to its open-source nature, a mammoth number of apps, and ease of use. The popularity of the app has led to the development of many Android emulators for Windows and Mac.
Two such most popular Android emulators are Bluestacks and MEmu. Let us compare them in detail and find out which one outperforms in terms of power, graphics, controls, and other emulator’s characteristics.
What is Android Emulator?
Aan android emulator is software that can be used or installed on the computer (Windows/ Mac/ Linux) to take advantage of apps, software, and programs that are only designed and available for android devices. An emulator is software that enables one computer system to behave like another computer system.
One can run the Android ecosystem on the Windows and Mac PC for free with emulators. The responsiveness and ease of using the mobile Apps on the emulator depend on your system specifications.
Why Android Emulators?
An Android emulator works as a bridge between a device any other OS and an Android operating system. Installing an android emulator works as a virtual machine inside your device or computer. You can run the android emulator on your computer having Windows/ Mac/ Linux as an operating system and can run all the programs of an android smartphone that are specifically developed for the mobiles.
Bluestack is an android emulator founded in 2011, and designed, developed, and maintained by Bluestacks company. It is a free emulator that allows you to spurt an android device into your PC. Though it is preferable that your PC has good specs which are capable enough in handling the graphics.
It claims to be 6x faster speed than your normal android device. Bluestack 4 is the latest version of Bluestacks and with each new version, Bluesatack is doing the best of its performance. This will help in enhancing the Android game playing experience and it will take its performance to the next level. The Bluestacks run on the ‘latest’ Nougat version.
MEmu is a popular Android Emulator for Windows PC. It is capable of playing high-end games on PC if the system has the minimum system requirement for the MEmu Players for smooth working. The emulator offers good features that make gameplay easy on PC.
MEmu is preloaded with Google Play Store so you can browse and install the Apps on the PC easily. It also associates itself with the APK files on your Windows Storage and when you double click the file, the emulator will prompt to install the App. The developers at MEmu regularly release updates to add more features and fix any issues with the App.
Minimum System Requirement
- Operating System: Bluestack can be operated on Windows 7,8,8.1,10 and Mac.
- CPU: It needs a Multi-core AMD/ Intel CPU to run.
- RAM & Storage: Minimum of 2GB of RAM and 4GB of Hard drive space are required to run Bluestacks.
- Your computer must have a service pack 2 or higher.
- For the proper functioning of Bluestacks, all drivers of your system must be updated to the latest version.
- Intel, Nvidia or AMD CPU Processor
- Windows XP/7/8 /8.1/10
- Windows DirectX 11 or Graphics driver with OpenGL 2.0
- Hardware Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x/AMD-V) shall be enabled in BIOS
- Minimum 2GB of system memory
- Minimum 2GB of hard disk free space
It is one of the more balanced emulators having the right mixture of power, graphics, and processing making it the most favorable Android Emulator for PC. Using Apps or playing games on the Bluestacks will function smoothly as the emulator is capable enough to play high-graphics games. The software has an advanced keymapping and control system you can manage key controls with the all-new game controls window.
Though it is preferable that your PC has good specs which are capable enough in handling the graphics. Nevertheless, the Bluestacks Emulator is the best and most trusted Android Client to play Android Apps and games on Windows and Mac.
MEmu allows high keyboard mapping customization making it easy for mobile gaming control needs. The emulator can enable virtualization for your PC and it also gives great performance for integrated and dedicated graphics. with core-engine upgraded & great optimization for almost all games
The best thing about the emulator is it is compatible with Intel, Nvidia and AMD-powered Windows. The software helps in the deep integration of the mouse and keyboard to play the games smoothly.
- Gaming Controls: Highly customized and very nice game controlling features.
- Gaming Mode: Mapping can be done by Keyboard/Mouse to enhance gaming performance.
- Multi-Instance: It enables you to play multiple games simultaneously.
- Smart Controls: You can lock the cursor automatically in shooting games.
- Recording features: You can record a video and also be able to capture a screenshot.
- Disk Cleanup: It offers a Disk cleanup option to clean your junk files and increase storage for better performance.
- File Size: Its file size is 442 MB.
- Keyboard Controls: It provides smart keyboard controls to suit the player’s preferences.
- The graphical fidelity is stable, meaning a stable and high frame rate.
- Multi-instances: You can run multiple instances at the same time to play games.
- Efficiency management of Multi-instances
- Add the option to turn on/off anti-flicker and screen capture and the option to turn on/off app tabs
- Add function to auto-start MEmu with Windows and Add shortcuts of volume up/down.
- File Size: Its file size is 438 MB.
In terms of performance, Bluestack is a little better than the MEmu Player, benchmark performance test showed that if you have the latest system, then the performance of Bluestack is unbeatable, even in old systems it performs very well. In the performance test, Bluestack 4 scored 165000.
Core-engine is upgraded, which means, the frame rate of the gaming experience is much higher and more stable than the previous version. MEmu now supports a 64-bit Android emulator. The color and quality of graphics are all improved. In terms of power, the MEmu is better compared to Bluestacks and is developed with only a motive for playing games.
Bluestacks provides numerous features to improve better user experience, also it has a user-friendly environment for much better interaction. Users can set mapping through the keyboard and also you can customize all the controls to the keys, i.e. you can easily add a keys shortcut to control your games as you want.
But the overall performance of the emulator will depend upon your system specification. For smooth gaming performance, a little bit more RAM than the minimum requirement will be considered good.
The interaction between the users and MEmu is smoother and more convenient compared to Bluestacks. With Android 7.0 they brought a new user interface and a new setting interface that makes it very convenient for usage. You also get more deeper graphic control setting to customize the emulators according to your need. The MEmu is simple and comes with sophisticated controls and UI making it a tough counterpart to Bluestacks.
Secuirty & Privacy
Coming to security, Bluestacks software when scanned with VirusTotal found to be totally safe. The application asks you to add your Google Account to access Play Store and other Google Services just like your Android mobile. The app collects your data and other information but claims to not sell it or share it with any 3rd party organization. But your geo-location and usage data is shared with advertisers to show you personalized ads.
When scanned with VirusTotal we found few vulnerability issues with MEmu. Very few users get false alerts as their online installer includes ad plugins provided by ironSource, but you can always reject the offer during the installation. The emulator is safe overall, but I recommend you use a throwaway G-Account on the MEmu.
A quick overview of both emulators
|Comparison Measures||BlueStacks||MEmu Player|
|RAM requirement (Minimum)||2GB||2 GB|
|Hard drive space (Minimum)||4GB||2 GB|
|Supported OS||Windows 7/8/8.1/10 & Mac||Windows|
|CPU||Multi-core (at least dual-core) AMD/ Intel CPU||Multi-core (at least dual-core) AMD/ Intel CPU|
|Key Mapping and Mouse control||Very much optimized and better||Customizable Mapping for gaming|
|Apps||Preloaded Google Play Store||Integrated play store and web browser.|
|Performance||It performs better than MEmu||It performs well on a modern computer.|
|Usability||Usable but has Ads||Better usable then Bluestacks|
|UI||Much better for the experienced user||Specially designed for Gamers|
|Cost||Free/Paid for Premium version||Free|
Conclusion: Both the emulators are amazing in their own perspective. It’s all your choice to find one of them usable and best according to your requirements. If you are looking for a gaming android emulator you should definitely go with MEmu, and if you are looking for general-purpose android emulators with the right combo for Gaming and App usage you should go with Bluestacks.
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