BlueStacks App Player
An App to Bring your Android Apps to PC for Free
Leap Droid is an emulator for the PC. It operates as a virtual mobile Android device, allowing users to download and run applications which could normally only run on a physical phone or tablet. This can be useful for running demanding apps or simply playing games in a larger resolution.
After a series of updates and a rise in popularity thanks to mobile games, the team behind the emulator announced in November 2016 that they would be joining Google. No further information was given other than development would be stopped.
After the takeover by Google, many fans were hopeful that Leap Droid would be passed to others to work on via an open source method. No such release of data occurred, with many assuming that Google's offer included some form of restriction.
Leap Droid was always available as a free download. While no further releases are ever likely to appear, the final build of the emulator is still available online.
The most basic PC requirements for running the emulator are: Windows 7 or above, Dual Core CPU, 2GB free disk space and 2GB RAM. These are the most basic requirements for simple operation. Users will find that higher specs are necessary for more intensive apps and for faster performance.
Leap Droid rose in popularity in line with the release of Pokemon Go. The worldwide smash hit app required a user to physically travel to destinations to catch certain Pokemon and battle gyms. Leap Droid made efforts to keep up to date with the app, offering Google Maps integration to change a player's virtual position, alongside a general overall high level of performance.
As the final version was released in late 2016, apps released since then may encounter problems. With no official or unofficial updates apparent, this problem may become more apparent.
No security issues have been discovered with the emulator. It was considered by many to be one of the best Android emulators available, although as the download is now only available through third-party sites, additional unwanted software may be unwittingly bundled with it.
Leap Droid can be controlled in a variety of ways. The most straightforward is to use a mouse within the virtual device to operate apps and the menus. Swiping motions can be difficult, although these can be mapped to the keyboard. As a default, the arrow keys are set to simulate the direction of movement.
Control and access of folders is done via the settings menu within the emulator's launch window. Search for the folder required and then select them for access. Once the emulator is loaded again, the folder can be accessed as required.