The ma­tu­rity of some of the pack­ages leaves a lot to be de­sired…

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We used a 4GB ma­chine to test these pack­ages, which proved to be far from ideal. The rea­son is that every vir­tual ma­chine usu­ally needs around 1GB of me­mory and a fully fledged GNOME desk­top will grab 1.5GB with some no­ti­fi­ca­tions and sync­ing of cloud stor­age. When you run Fire­fox you get close to full quickly, and must con­serve me­mory.

An­box im­ple­ments the calls and this makes it ideal for run­ning the few apps you want, but un­for­tu­nately it’s in early stages of de­vel­op­ment. Us­ing it on a reg­u­lar ba­sis isn’t rec­om­mended and may not even be pos­si­ble. When you just want to run your PC like an an­droid de­vice, use An­droid_x86, it works ex­tremely well. The other pack­ages run un­der vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion, well Vir­tu­al­box ac­tu­ally, which makes it tricky to run to­gether with your other pro­grams. Hav­ing said that, if you want to de­velop and test An­droid apps, you prob­a­bly have a 16GB ma­chine and will be able to run the em­u­la­tor in par­al­lel with your IDE. The most ca­pa­ble and in­te­grated choice is An­droidS­tu­dio and AVD in tan­dem when you de­velop and test on the same ma­chine. To sim­u­late many func­tions like cam­era, GPS and tilt of the phone, Geny­Mo­tion is a great tool to work with. It also shows the screen ex­actly as it’ll look on a real de­vice.

Choose An­droid_x86 if you just want to run a few ap­pli­ca­tions.

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