De­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­ity

A project’s ac­tiv­ity may sway your de­ci­sion to use the soft­ware – or not.

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When us­ing the soft­ware, we want to know how prob­lems can be solved. For this to hap­pen, we need sup­port or on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment. In the case of the em­u­la­tors in this Roundup, as ex­pected, Geny­mo­tion and Google’s own are the most ac­tive. How­ever, Geny­mo­tion has a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in cloud and other pro­fes­sional so­lu­tions, so hob­by­ists may be left be­hind in its cor­po­rate wake. An­droidVir­tu­alDe­vice is of course also strong in this re­gard.

With the other projects, things are less clear and we need to check ac­tiv­ity on their pub­lic web pages and GitHub.

An­droid_x86 re­leased a new ver­sion in June of this year and may have re­leased one more be­fore this ar­ti­cle is pub­lished. This project is very ac­tive – in­deed, it seems to be un­stop­pable. These are ex­cit­ing times for its de­vel­op­ers and sup­port­ers. If you want to help with de­vel­op­ment, the source tree is over 10GB so make sure you have the disk space.

An­box has ac­tiv­ity on a daily ba­sis and com­mits to the source weekly – this project might ac­tu­ally take off! It would be a valu­able ad­di­tion to the list soft­ware for Linux. This is es­pe­cially use­ful when you al­ready use the ap­pli­ca­tion on your phone and want to keep us­ing the same in­ter­face. Many An­droid ap­pli­ca­tions use very lit­tle me­mory and are very ef­fi­cient. If you’re in­ter­ested in help­ing out, the in­struc­tions are sim­ple if you al­ready know how to use Git.

Shash­lik has no ob­vi­ous ac­tiv­ity on its web page nor GitHub for two years. Sadly, we may have to recog­nise the demise of this project. The code is still avail­able on GitHub if any brave souls with time on their hands want to take over de­vel­op­ment.

What­ever you’re try­ing to achieve in your emu­la­tion en­vi­ron­ment, de­vel­op­ers will al­ways need to be ac­tive on your project.

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