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[Android Emulators] non-BlueStacks Emulators


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Hello

We all know in here BlueStacks is the emulator of choise.

Still, I would like to know your thoughts about other emulators as well.

In the last couple of days I tried many of them.

My goal is to have a nice/functional/fast emulator to use on my SurfacePRO.

Andy - http://andyroid.net/

After some test I excluded Andy pretty fast.

Even using "Do NOT install VirtualBox" it just uninstalled my vbox version (4.3.30) and installed its own. This was the first thing that drove me off. I didn't even find it very usable.

...and its uninstaller is AWFUL. You will need to "sanitize" all your system/registry.

Could not really check which android version it ships...

REVIEW: Awful

GenyMotion - https://www.genymotion.com

This was an hell to install. First you need an account there, then you need to choose between some precooked images. Problem is none of these have GApps installed, so you need to dig the internez to understand how to install these.

Well....after the installtion...here is another problem. No Multitouch support if you don't BUY it.

Uninstalled pretty quickly

Various Android version images, some rooted, some not.

REVIEW: Awful and Paid Software

MeMu - http://www.xyaz.cn/en/

This one is pretty shady. Found it on XDA forum. Chinese.

This said, the installation is pretty straighforward.

The emulators seems pretty fast too. The only problem is it's a "new" one.

Give it some times...it might become quite good

It should be on Android 4.1.1 (prerooted).

REVIEW: Quite fast and nice. Just young.

Nox - http://en.bignox.com/

I found this on XDA forum too, in the middle of another emulator thread (aka, spam).

It was advertised as a non-chinese EMU....guess what? It's Chinese too!

Anyway, I downloaded it and was quite impressed.

The installation seems easy enough and it seems a quite solid emulator.

One nice feature it's the MultiManager. From there you can easy clone/copy instances and launch more instances at once.

It comes with Android 4.4.2 prerooted.

The only downside here is the multitouch support. Some problem on my SurfacePro.

REVIEW: Quite nice, probably the best "Windows" program around the emulator.

Droid4X - http://www.droid4x.com/

This is another nice one.

Installation is easy and it works quite good.

Not much to say about this. I didn't really test it thoroughly, but first impression was good.

Like Nox, it has a "custom" interface around the emulator.

REVIEW: Seems a solid choise.

Windroye - http://www.windroye.com/index_eng.html

Here we are. This is my emulator for now.

Out of the lot seems like the most "Android-Like" and the SurfacePRO touch works just fine!

Like Nox, it has a Manager, where you can clone/create instances. Too bad this Manager (like the "Settings" in the emulator) isn't working.

One big drawback is the usual "Chinese". They have a G+ page, but very few comments there. Other than that, there is a chinese-forum. Who can read/write chinese?? Not me.

Anyway, this is the one I'm using now...you know, for when I need to play a ClanWar.

Clash of Clans with a touch screen is just better :)

REVIEW: The best one for me (for now)

Ok now, what about you?

I really would like to hear your thoughts about this subject....and maybe find some help with some of these emulators!

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Just a friendly word of advice when installing and trying any of these emulators, especially the Chinese related ones too.

Andy has strong ties to "Search Safer, Inc" which is an adware company. So I wouldn't be surprised that others will have the same; if not worse, type of implementation with them. It's not like BlueStacks is 100% innocent in this case either with its app installs and such unless of course, you are using the rooted versions as you should be anyways here.

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Just a friendly word of advice when installing and trying any of these emulators' date=' especially the Chinese related ones too.

Andy has strong ties to "Search Safer, Inc" which is an adware company. So I wouldn't be surprised that others will have the same; if not worse, type of implementation with them. It's not like BlueStacks is 100% innocent in this case either with its app installs and such unless of course, you are using the rooted versions as you should be anyways here.

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This is the kind of info I would like to add for every emulator, so keep'em coming!

I hope you don't mind if I quote you on this, under the Andy description.

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Store bought Android emulators are every where.

Mainly because it is very easy to create an Android virtual device using the Android SDK like this:

http://www.botskool.com/geeks/how-download-and-run-android-emulator-command-line-windows

Once you have built the custom Android device, then you can easily run it within the SDK or run it using the OracleVM tool the others use.

The challenge with the SDK is it tries to build Phone or Tablet ROM code. And in order to create a BS replacement or other PC friendly device it takes a little bit of extra work to create something for other users.

So you don't like the store bought options, roll your own. :D

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