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Thread: Looking for free android emulator

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    Default Looking for free android emulator

    I wanted to know if anyone knew of a free, good, high performance android emulator for recreational use. The default android is too slow. I did you Bluestacks, but they have started charging for use. I tried Andyroid, but it requires Virtualization, which my process has, but I am unable to enable for some reason.

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    Default Re: Looking for free android emulator

    I'm using the Genymotion virtual machines on Oracle's VirturalBox. It's not high performance but a lot better than the AVD created by the ADT in Eclipse.
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    Default Re: Looking for free android emulator

    I just tried Genymotion, but when I started an emulator, it said my computer doesn't support OpenGL.
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    Default Re: Looking for free android emulator

    I guess the newer version requires that. I have older and cheaper PCs that don't have the right version of OpenGL. I downloaded and installed my Android VMs earlier, some of them last year. I remember having problems with several of them that I never did get to work, but I did get some of them to load successfully and am now using them. If they weren't so huge I could sent you the .ova files.

    Whoops, I might have misread your post. Were you using Genymotion to control the VM? After using GM to download the ova file, I bypassed GM and imported the .ova files directly into VirtualBox and got some of them to work.
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    Default Re: Looking for free android emulator

    Okay, so I updated my graphics driver from Windows suggested driver to my manufacture's driver. I've had issues in the past with my manufacture's driver not saving settings like auto-detecting second monitors and such (Catalyst Control Center is a horrible program).
    Since updating, I may have gotten Andyroid to work, so this question might now be irrelevant.

    Edit: okay, so what I'm looking for isn't exactly am emulator. Bluestacks ran android apps using the computer's system resources instead of a heavy emulator. WindowAndroid (which I just tried) is extremely similar, but has a lot of crashing issues (seems like most people are having the issues). Those two programs start up some weird type of emulator, where it isn't the entire android OS, and instead uses system resources, so it is fast and starts up in less than a minute. Any ideas on anything like that?
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