BlueStacks Android emulator

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BlueStacks Android emulator

#1 Post by webfork » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:14 am

I keep thinking a portable Android emulator would be fantastic, and when my Android device croaked on me and I was on the fence about buying a new one. Went looking around and momentarily got interested in the BlueStacks Android emulator. I've read a bunch of cool stuff behind the company that built it so this was looking like a great idea until I read this: http://portableapps.com/node/34233

Not only is it not portable but it evidently installs a bunch of extra garbage. Bummer.

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#2 Post by Andrew Lee » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:34 pm

Have you tried Jar of Beans?

I remember trying an earlier version for development with good results.

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#3 Post by webfork » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:24 pm

Andrew Lee wrote:Have you tried Jar of Beans?

I remember trying an earlier version for development with good results.
That's odd -- they appear to have taken their site offline or private. I'm getting a login screen.

Anyway, whatever that's about, thanks for the suggestion.

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#4 Post by webfork » Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:19 pm

With this news:
http://tech-beta.slashdot.org/story/14/ ... g-required (ChromeOS now runs Android apps)

... the effort now might be able to switch from trying to emulate Android (with BlueStacks and similar tools) and focus on ChromeOS.

VMware with ChromeOS:
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linu ... 20760.aspx

Booting ChromeOS:
http://www.computerandyou.net/2012/08/h ... ows-linux/

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Re: BlueStacks Android emulator

#5 Post by copc » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:24 pm

Most emulators will not work or too slow - use Grub4dos to boot in real machine!

Android-x86 4.4-R* is portable & supports read-write mode on ntfs/vfat with persistent 2Gb max.
Tested on Intel cpu(s):
-TOSHIBA Satellite A660
-HP dm7
-Lenovo k100
AMD cpu:
-TOSHIBA Satellite A215

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Re: BlueStacks Android emulator

#6 Post by Midas » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:23 am

copc wrote:Android-x86 4.4-R* is portable & supports read-write mode on ntfs/vfat with persistent 2Gb max.
Please give us further pointers/info on this... :o

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#8 Post by webfork » Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:37 pm

Some more possible tools on the Android emulation topic:

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Re: BlueStacks Android emulator

#9 Post by joby_toss » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:41 pm

Another praised emulator is Andy (it's the one I would use if I couldn't live without an Android emulator): http://www.andyroid.net

P.S. I tried the most popular emulators using Sandboxie and all of them failed to install because they need some driver (for some kind of VM) that doesn't like Sandboxie.

P.S.2 Webfork just mentioned this one in the message above... sorry for not paying much attention! :)

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#10 Post by Midas » Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:20 pm

Another option: American Megatrends DuOS-M is payware, but there's a free 30 day trial download... :|
EDIT: Andy OS v0.43 released (no changelog). (AKA Andyroid)

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#11 Post by webfork » Thu May 04, 2017 4:19 pm

So no definitive results here but ...
webfork wrote:Andyroid
I finally sat down to test this one today. The installer is just a downloader for the main program (500 megs) and unfortunately the drive I tested on ran out of space. Sigh.

I did some digging but I can't find an offline version to try UniExtracting.

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Re: BlueStacks Android emulator

#12 Post by Userfriendly » Thu May 04, 2017 7:12 pm

I use Nox https://www.bignox.com/ to play mobile games on Windows. It caters towards gaming apps but I don't see how it couldn't work for anything else. It's pretty good, I like it better than Andy and Bluestacks. Nox and Memu seems to be the popular choice right now. Unfortunately like every other android emulator, it phones home. Probably for targeted ads on top of what google already does. Some info on this if you wanna block IP's https://www.reddit.com/r/FFRecordKeeper ... yer_users/

Nox is not portable but it seems to be based on VirtualBox so maybe a launcher can be made for it? Probably wanna go to XDA forums or something for this. There's more in depth discussion on these apps there with the actual developers and people with knowledge on all things android.

On the other hand there's Android-x86 which can be included in a YUMI multiboot USB stick. It's already listed in the supported distros. Didn't work for my system though. I get stuck in an infinite loop in the welcome screen choosing language/region.

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#13 Post by webfork » Sat May 06, 2017 7:06 pm

Userfriendly wrote:On the other hand there's Android-x86 which can be included in a YUMI multiboot USB stick. It's already listed in the supported distros. Didn't work for my system though. I get stuck in an infinite loop in the welcome screen choosing language/region.
Thanks for the details. If I ever get serious with it, I'd probably try that route first. I just tested Andyroid because it had been on my list for a while.

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Re: BlueStacks Android emulator

#14 Post by Pickettroy1991 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:01 am

webfork wrote:
Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:19 pm
With this news:
http://tech-beta.slashdot.org/story/14/ ... g-required (ChromeOS now runs Android apps)

... the effort now might be able to switch from trying to emulate Android (with BlueStacks and similar tools) and focus on ChromeOS.

VMware with ChromeOS:
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linu ... 20760.aspx

Booting ChromeOS:
http://www.computerandyou.net/2012/08/h ... ows-linux/
Bluestacks is the maximum extensively famed Android emulator for PCs. Current updates have set a fashion in specializing in honing its capability to easily emulate Android in place of the pile on codecs to its list of compatibilities.

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