Android emulator is indeed a valuable asset for Android app developers as it allows the developers to test an app on their PC and thus don’t actually need an actual Android machine. This Android emulator isn’t just only a helpful tool for developers, but it can also become very helpful for a normal Android device user as anybody can install an app on the emulator to see if there’s any problem or security issues and then later go on to install on the device.
There are a number of other Android emulators available to download, there is one that comes as a part of the Android SDK and another that is available to download for free that allows you to run Android apps on a PC or a Mac. However, the software didn’t inspire XDA Forum Member unrealmanu in any way so he decided to make one of his own and that’s how Jar of Beans developed.
The Jar of Beans Android emulator runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and it supports Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (HAXM) that provides hardware acceleration for the emulator to improve the performance. One of the major plus points of Jar of Beans is that it doesn’t require any installation and it is as simple as running an exe file. And that’s not just it; Jar of Beans has a number of features like a number of resolutions to choose from, button to install .apk file, buttons for controlling the volume and the ADB interface as well. Multi-user support has also been added and it also allows you to create a virtual SD card of any size you wish.
Although, this is a Beta release of Jar of Beans but it still comes with a lot features that you don’t get to see very often however another complete version is planned with some more handy features that may include keyboard support, number of skins and some more options to resolution list. Check out the original thread for download links and for more information.
Source: XDA Developers