Sandbox in technical terms means a virtual environment in which the activities do not affect the host system. Sandboxes are a common term in Desktop and server environment. Android emulators also allow Android users and developers to test applications before running them on an actual device. Virtual Android Emulators sandbox apps for testing without causing problems to an operational device like your phone or tablet. An average user can use these to check suspicious apps without a threat of having problems with fake or malicious apps.
Advantages of Android Emulators sandbox
Android emulators provide better privacy as variables like phone number, IMEI, location, device name can be changed. Threat to privacy with apps with excessive permission can be lowered by using them in an Android emulator. The apps will not have command over your data like it does on your phone. Apps can get permission to view storage, network, photos and other apps but they can be controlled very easily in an Android Sandbox emulator.
MEmu-Android Emulator Sandbox with configurable device settings
Test applications without fear
Sandboxes are used to test applications, services, and sometimes malicious software. As sandboxes replicate actual environment virtually, anything you test will be ineffective once you close the sandbox. These allow developers, software testers to check the operation of their software. For security researchers, they test malicious software to test systems response to different kinds of threats.
Security and Privacy
Google Play Store is filled with low-quality apps, clones, and rip-offs prying on gullible people who just need an app that works. However, getting that perfect app is a struggle. Google is trying to make changes to down-rank low quality apps. But malicious apps, and ransomeware have been found on the Playstore. Shameful developers even outright clone open source apps, add in excessive permission, ads or malicious code to mine data or perform malicious activities. Piracy on Android is also scary with plenty of fake apps or with malicious code found freely on the Internet. Users are undoubtedly attracted to these as safety and privacy can be a non-concern for some.
Android Emulators operate in a virtual environment that allows you to test the authenticity of apps, their permissions, and also monitor their activity. So next time you want to try out a suspicious app, do consider using them on the Android emulators sandbox before your daily Android phone. Android emulators like Android Studio, Memu, and Nox offer easy multiple virtual device creations.
As we said earlier they allow you to control device names, IMEI, phone number, and other aspects to replicate real-world device. Android Studio virtual device manager, however, is very heavy on resources. On the other hand, it provides the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo for virtual simulation. Other Android emulators are still in Android 4.0 era.
Android 8.0 Oreo Sandbox Emulator with Android Studio
While most apps run perfectly on 4.0.device, it depends on your needs, testing scenario, and system capability. So next time you’re curious to try an app but have doubts, try them out on a Android virtual sandbox. Have social apps that have excessive permissions, use them on the virtual sandbox. There’s no loss in usability and you get much better security and privacy.