Genymotion is a simple to use, simple to set up and feature-rich AndroidVM. It has a free version and two paid versions - indie (99 €) and business (299 €).
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Pro Faster than most Android devices
Genymotion takes advantage of OpenGL capable graphics cards allowing it to be one of the fastest Android emulators. The only comparable option is HAXM enabled Android SDK emulator.
Pro A webcam and a dummy webcam can be used with the emulated device
Genymotion allows using a webcam connected to a computer as a camera for the emulated device. It can also enable a dummy webcam that will display a genymotion logo in motion.
To use a webcam or set up a dummy, access camera settings panel by pressing ctrl+3 (or ⌘+3), enable the functionality and choose a front-facing and a back-facing camera.
Genymotion is available on Windows, OS X and Linux
Pro GPS Widget
GPS information, including position, accuracy and bearing, can be used and modified in real time. Ctrl+2 (or ⌘+2) to access GPS settings panel.
Pro Large library of emulated devices as well as custom devices
Genymotion has a selection of over 20 virtual devices, including various Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony phones and tablets. If a device that's needed is not found in the library, a custom phone or tablet device can be created with RAM, screen size and density adjusted from the wrench menu.
Pro Multiple ways of installing an application including drag & drop
Genymotion offers three ways of deploying an app:
- By dragging and dropping an .apk file on a device (ADB must be installed)
- By running adb install <appname>.apk
- By using a web link from within the emulated device
Pro Simple setup
Installation is standard and after installing and launching Genymotion you'll have to log in. Once signed in, you can create your virtualized Android device.
Pro Comes bundled with Virtual Box
Genymotion runs on Oracle Virtual Box, that is bundled with the installation.
Pro Free version available
A free version is offered to use it with general functionality non-commercially.
Pro Emulates every Android version starting with Jelly Bean and later
Genymotion supports Android 2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 emulation.
Pro Allows creating shared folders between host and VM
In order to enable the functionality:
- Go to your VirtualBox VM setting / Shared folder tab
- Add a shared folder with the folder you want to shared, and check the "auto mount" option
- Start your VM as usual from the Genymotion software
- Your shared folder is available in the /mnt/shared directory (multiple shared folders are supported)
Pro Enterprise Grade Android Emulator
Genymotion is a true enterprise grade Android Emulator and a very close competitor to Bluestacks in terms of features and apps compatibility. One of the key differences between Bluestacks and Genymotion is the target users. Genymotion majorly targets app developers while Bluestacks primarily targets app users and gamers.
Pro Can simulate multitouch interactions
Multitouch commands can be issued via mouse and keyboard.
Pro Easy device duplication and reset (paid)
A virtual device can be cloned and reset to factory settings quickly.
Pro Allows setting a custom Android or device ID (paid)
A custom or random Android ID & Device ID / IMEI / MEID can be set up from the Identifiers pane that can be accessed by clicking ctrl+6 (or ⌘+6). Since IMEI and MEID are often used as device IDs, Genymotion generates number compliant with the GSM 02.16 standard.
Pro Allows controlling an emulated device with a physical device (paid)
Remote control widget allows taking control of an emulated device via a physical one. It forwards multitouch gesture and accelerometer information to the virtual device.
Pro Allows capturing screenshots and videos (paid)
To capture a video or a screenshot, access capture widget by clicking ctrl+4 (or ⌘+4) and clicking either screenshot or screencast. This is especially useful for older device images (before 4.4) where there's no native way of recording.
Pro A pixel emulated takes exactly one pixel on monitor (paid)
Each pixel can be set to display using exactly one pixel of your monitor. To enable this functionality click ctrl+r (or ⌘+r).
Pro Network quality emulation (paid)
Genymotion offers multiple network profiles - Wifi, edge, 3G, 4G. Network quality (various delays and packet loss) can be controlled via UI (accessed by clicking ctrl+7 or ⌘+7), Java API or command line.
Con Signup required for download
Before downloading Genymotion, users must create an account. And even if you download from an alternative mirror, bypassing signup, you need to register and login in the application itself before using it.
Con Can't set a custom display resolution
For example: it's impossible to run it in full screen on a full HD monitor.
Con Can't run inside a virtual machine
Genymotion can't run inside a virtual machine, because virtualbox can't pass on OpenGL support.
Con Doesn't come with gapps installed
Con No OpenGL support; needed to edit BIOS
Con Audio is badly distorted with any settings
Using a simple HDMI output to AVR (NVIDIA card HDMI, base setup) the audio is stuttering and badly distorted. I've played with every combination of the settings, the only change was nosound at all with other than the AC97 audio controller (Intel HD, Soundblaster).
Genymotion launcher does not have ANY settings for audio, you have to configure it in Oracle Virtualbox settings.
Con Uses Virtualbox separately, configuration is annoying
It is bundled with Virtualbox is the meaning of it's also downloaded. During the install, you have to separately install Virtualbox and manage it after, meaning uninstalling manually when Genymotion is already uninstalled. The separate install causes ridiculous setup process, where yoiu have to set properties in the Genymotion launcher AND the Oracle Virtualbox launcher, too. Very awkward.
Con Free version is for non-commercial work only
Con No way to install your applications directly from Titanium Studio before version 3.2
With an app's apk it's possible to simply drag & drop it on a running device to install and launch the app.
Con Accelerometer and gyroscope is not yet emulated
Although accelerometer and gyroscope is not yet emulated, accelerometer data from a physical device can be used with the remote control widget.