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  • Android-x86 icon

    Android-x86

    This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86 support". The original plan is to host...

    Open Source Windows Linux VirtualBox VMware Player

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    • You can have newer version of android but with less built-in capabilities to communicate with windows along side in comparison to bluestack. mojiDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent: it's much faster than Bluestacks but it hasn't as much compatibility Guest • Oct 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • bluestacks is only a software, where this software works like another OS to PC. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Genymotion

    A faster Android emulator Genymotion is an Android emulator for building and testing great Android apps. It’s fast, simple and powerful. It offers 20...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android Studio Eclipse

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    MEmu

    MEmu is a brand new Android emulator that brings fun of the Android experience to all Microsoft Windows devices.

    Free Windows VirtualBox

    • To keep my review short, it includes root functionality, no bloatware, free, fast to start, and also the lightest of all the ones that run on Windows. Even more, you can change the "device model" and processor virtualization literally increases the performance a lot. frenchiverutiFeb 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Andy

    Andy breaks down the barrier between desktop and mobile computing, while keeping a user up to date with the latest Android OS feature upgrades. It also provides users...

    Free Mac Windows

    • Bundleware The installer may contain adwares. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    AMIDuOS

    AMIDuOS™(DuOS®) is a software developed by American Megatrends for x86-based computers using the Microsoft Windows operating system to provide a "dual...

    Commercial Windows

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    Windroy

    Windroy is Android running with Windows kernel! It does not run by a simulator (such as VirtualBox), it's on real machine, so it's fast! It keeps full...

    Free Windows

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    Droid4X

    Droid4x is Android simulator, which is good in aspects of performance, user experience, compatibility and gaming controllability. Making millions of mobile games and...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Official website is unreachable.
    • Once one gets past the Chinese characters it easily does what is says. It uses less space than Blue Stacks. When you turn it off it goes off. Blue stacks leaves many processes running on the home computer... Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    YouWave

    Runs Android apps and app stores on your PC, no phone required Download thousands of apps online via app stores within youwave High performance - The fastest way...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Remix OS Player icon

    Remix OS Player

    Remix OS Player is the most up-to-date emulator on the market. Enjoy the latest games and apps that Android has to offer.

    Free Windows

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  • Phoenix OS icon

    Phoenix OS

    Phoenix OS is a personal computer operating system which is further researched and developed based on the Android platform, mainly orients to smart tablet, laptop...

    Open Source Linux Android Android Tablet

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    KOPLAYER

    KOPLAYER is a free android emulator for Windows and Mac which can help you run Android games & apps on your Windows PC. KOPLAYER commits itself to bringing you the...

    Free Personal Mac Windows

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    Appetize.io

    Stream iOS & Android Simulators in the Browser For embedding apps in websites, development, collaboration, testing and more

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Shashlik

    The goal of Shashlik is to provide a way to run Android applications on a standard Linux desktop as easily and simply as possible. Under the hood The easiest way to...

    Open Source Linux

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    AVD Launcher

    Front-end to Android Virtual Devices (AVDs) emulator from Google' Android SDK.

    Open Source Linux

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BlueStacks Comments

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Negative Comment by IrishPotato
about BlueStacks Jul 2016

Bluestacks was the first android emulator I have tried and while it works for the most part, the UI, the computer lag, and bloatware are all too much to handle. I have since been using Leapdroid and it works much better than the other emulators I have tried. Here's a review of the emulator: http://www.androidauthority.com/leapdroid-review-703665/

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Worst App ever seen

Negative Comment by soumyadipmandal
about BlueStacks Jul 2016

This is the worst emulator I have ever seen. It puts excess CPU usage without any reason. It is very laggy. I hangs even when we are using light apps(e.g. WhatsApp). I recommend to use Genymotion or Youwave or Droid4x or NOX and MEMu also.

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I wouldn't recommend this for my enemies

Negative Comment by AdmiralJaden
about BlueStacks Apr 2016

Bluestacks is probably the worst (working) android emulator I've ever seen. It takes chunks of resources to run, when it actually works, and it will bluescreen your pc for no reason, at random points. The blue screen doesn't happen often, but it happens enough to cause serious issues. As far as I'm concerned, if a program bluescreens your pc even once, it should be removed and given the worst possible rating, because that's not only unacceptable, but it's also dangerous to your pc, which may end up losing data, or worse, as a result.
It's this user's opinion that bluestacks be removed from the list, for the sole purpose that it is quite possibly the least stable program in the lists that I've seen it in. If the developer wants to reprogram it, improve it, and fix the performance issues (which are really bad), then they should do so, otherwise, it should be forgotten and disposed of, for everyone's sake.

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shahlik should be there

Comment by nikoshiabellic
about BlueStacks Feb 2016

shahlik is a open source program to run apk apps on linux desktop
please add it to list
http://www.shashlik.io/

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Terrible - use Andy in stead

Negative Comment by mogenslunde
about BlueStacks and Andy Apr 2015

Completely stuffed with games / crapware. My experience was that the program often froze for no obvious reason. Especially after the PC was brought back from sleep mode, you need as a minimum to restart the application, but most often to restart the computer to get back in business. Andy works as a charm in comparison with not crapware, very stable and robust, easy installation and best of all: just continues after a rewake from sleep mode!

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This is NOT compatible with Linux 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by mrh
about BlueStacks Mar 2015

No where on their site does it make any claim to be compatible with anything other than Windows or your smart phone. Please correct this entry.

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nagware

Negative Comment by lowrider2025
about BlueStacks Aug 2014

Requires you to install unwanted apps/games from appstore to continue using it...avoid.

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You need Windows Gadget installed...

Comment by mostwanted
about BlueStacks Oct 2011

If you removed the "Windows Gadget Platform" feature you will not see the Bluestacks UI. Once the "Windows Gadget Platform" is install right click on your desktop click "Gadgets" and you'll find the "Bluestacks Gadget"

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