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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

    • Excellent: it's much faster than Bluestacks but it hasn't as much compatibility Guest • Oct 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • 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
    • bluestacks is only a software, where this software works like another OS to PC. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Nox App Player icon

    Nox App Player

    Nox APP Player aims to provide the best experience for users to play Android games and apps on PC.

    Free Mac Windows

    • It's lighter than BlueStacks and provides the same quality graphics for games. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's free, faster, has less lag, a bunch of advanced feature Bluestacks doesn't have (macro, device recorder, roots enabling,...) and you don't have to download troublesome apps like Bluestacks. Might be complicated at first but I totally recommend it Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It's light and free, not filled with bloatware, doesn't force you installation of apps to keep using it for free and doesn't feel like adware. Great software, I use it for Google Play Music on my PC. brunofinMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • MEmu icon

    MEmu

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

    Free Windows

    • 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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    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

    • It has a complicated yet similar design like bluestacks but has lesser abilities in managing apps compared to bluestacks Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Andy icon

    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

  • 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

    • Discontinued The company Jide decided to discontinue the Remix OS project and to focus efforts on the enterprise space: http://www.jide.com/ At the moment, last version, 1.0.110, released in November 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Remix OS has a Remix OS Player, which is basically an operating system in an operating system which can run android games. This is perfect if you want to run apps and have one of the newer versions of Android than any emulator currently DubfianceMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • YouWave icon

    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...

    Freemium Windows

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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

  • Appetize.io icon

    Appetize.io

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

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

  • Shashlik icon

    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

  • Anbox icon

    Anbox

    Anbox puts Android into a container and every Android application will be integrated with your operating system. Any Android version is suitable for this approach and...

    Open Source Linux

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BlueStacks Comments

Lagggggwareeee :P

about BlueStacks · · 1 Helpful

The worst thing you can do for yourself is to install this crap. Lagging pretty badly, freezes out of nowhere, takes centuries to load simple action like, opening an app you want to use, not to mention draining your RAM and CPU. I am here to find alternative for this junk

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too much ads

about BlueStacks · · 2 Helpful

it will keep asking you to install random apps if you want to keep using it

[Edited by Shojimeguro, March 09]

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Worst App ever seen

about BlueStacks · · 2 Helpful

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

about BlueStacks · · 3 Helpful

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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Terrible - use Andy in stead

about BlueStacks and Andy · · 1 Helpful

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

about BlueStacks · · 2 Helpful

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

about BlueStacks · · 1 Helpful

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 · 1 Helpful

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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