When comparing BlueStacks vs Visual Studio Emulator for Android, the Slant community recommends BlueStacks for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to run/emulate Android on a PC?” BlueStacks is ranked 6th while Visual Studio Emulator for Android is ranked 12th.
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Pro Decent performance
Pro Built-in search allows quickly looking up and installing apps
Pro Creates shortcuts for Android apps
A folder on the desktop with shortcuts to apps will be created. Opening a shortcut will start up BlueStacks and run the selected app.
Pro Can run multiple instances
Now, running multiple instances of BlueStacks is possible even with different Google Accounts.
Pro Easy to use and set up
For end users who are not developers, Bluestacks is perfect for the simple reason that it is just one click install, one just need to download the package and install it on windows or Mac to start accessing games and apps. It is just simple!
Pro Can transfer files between BlueStacks and Windows host
There are shared folders for this purpose.
Pro Can install apps from Stores and from APK files
Installing apps from APK files is important for developing purpose
Pro No need to register in order to download and install
Only a Google account is needed, which is the same as setting up an Android phone.
Pro Designed with gaming in mind
Pro Easy to set up and use
Install devices in two clicks, very intuitive interface for simulations.
Pro Simulates many scenarios
Location/GPS (including live journeying), Camera (using webcam or image file from PC), Accelerometer, Networking (bandwidth and signal strength), etc.
All features are free.
Runs using Hyper-V, the built-in virtualization technology in Windows, so it's very fast (like a real device).
Con Does not run on Linux
Only for Windows and Mac OSX.
Con Default home screen can not be customized and lags a lot
Con Default launcher hides almost all normal Android functionality
The default launcher acts like a portal to launch games and not much else. If you're looking for a stock setup without much tweaking, look elsewhere.
Con Only runs on Hyper-V capable machines
Has to be Win8+ pro edition or higher. No Mac or Linux support yet.