Android, the most-used mobile operating system worldwide with tons of users, daily updates, releases and much more. So what if we could run some Android applications on your Linux distro? Play your android preferred game on a bigger screen? In this Article, we will talk about a few available (but good) Android Emulators that allow us to run android in Linux. But first, let us see some android statistics.
More than 1.4 billion users
87.7% of global share (November 2016)
An average of 1.5 Million of android activated devices every day
Genymotion is a multiplatform Android emulator with 5.5 Million registered users and more than 10,000 enterprise customers.
It can emulate more than 40 Android devices with access to all android versions and unlimited application installation. It is fast, reliable, memory efficient and is used by many Android developers for testing their applications.
Genymotion Features At A Glance
Use your laptop webcam as the video source for your Android camera.
Test your app with various charge levels and see how it handles those use cases.
Genymotion works on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X.
Use the GPS widget to easily develop and test your geolocation-based apps.
Test your website in various Android browsers: Webkit for Android, Firefox for Android and much more.
It allows us to easily Download pre-configured Android Images of various Android Versions.
Supports drag and drop file transfer from the host to the virtual device.
Download And Install Genymotion In Linux
First, you need to be signed up on Genymotion website to use the emulator. Genymotion runs as a virtual machine on top of virtualbox so, for it to run, VirtualBox needs to be installed. Download Genymotion Personal Edition or a paid one.
Now install the app and you're god to go.
It is an Android IDE provided by google with the purpose of accelerating development and built of higher quality applications.
Android Studio provides the fastest tools for building apps for every type of Android device. It allows code editing, debugging, performance tooling, a flexible build system, and an instant build/deploy system all allow you to focus on building unique and high-quality apps.
Android Studio Features At A Glance
Instant run - when clicking run/debug Android Studio's Instant Run feature pushes code and resource changes to your running app, it runs the apps without having to redeploy the whole app for seeing the changes immediately.
Intelligent code editor - for developers, the code editor helps you write better code, work faster, and be more productive by offering advanced code completion, refactoring, and code analysis;
Optimized for all android devices and versions.
Although it still on closed alpha for Linux they accept the invitation for testers. You can use it as a full operational android for playing games on your desktop, WhatsApp, and other messaging applications. It uses the host network and unlimited storage.
Andyroid Features At A Glance
Bonus: Remix OS
This one is not an emulator but deserves to be on this list. Remix OS is an Android OS that can run android applications and games on your PC.
Remix OS Features At A Glance
Lately, even if you don’t own an Android device you can still have the option of running some applications or games (for example, WhatsApp, Contacts, Gmail, etc). Android is widely used worldwide and keeps growing and getting polished every day.
So What emulator would you use or will opt to the Installable Operating System? Let me know in the comment section below. If you use any other emulator to run android apps in Linux, share it with us in the comment section below.