Doc­u­men­ta­tion and sup­port

As ex­pected, the com­mer­cial so­lu­tions have the best help on tap.

Linux Format - - ROUNDUP -

Doc­u­men­ta­tion is usu­ally the weak point in hobby projects, which is a pity when the so­lu­tions they come up with are so ele­gant. This Roundup found sim­i­lar re­sults, An­droidVir­tu­alDe­vice has all the doc­u­men­ta­tion and sup­port you can dream of, and when you use it to­gether with An­droidS­tu­dio it’s even bet­ter. Geny­mo­tion has a great FAQ with the es­sen­tial so­lu­tions to get you started, and if you’re go­ing pro there’s a paid ver­sion. The doc­u­men­ta­tion is top class and is clearly aimed at ac­tive de­vel­op­ers. It’s the best around.

An­droid_x86 is very ma­ture and has fan­tas­tic doc­u­men­ta­tion, with a great FAQ. Com­mu­nity help is via Google Groups. It’s ac­tive and can help you when you run into prob­lems.

An­box is so new there’s even doc­u­men­ta­tion for get­ting it in­stalled and started. Yet even though the FAQ is rea­son­ably clear, other doc­u­men­ta­tion is sparse. We can for­give the lack of doc­u­men­ta­tion be­cause the soft­ware is pre-al­pha, so most func­tions haven’t been writ­ten, let alone doc­u­mented. We hope that work on An­box con­tin­ues be­cause it’s an ef­fi­cient way to bring An­droid ap­pli­ca­tions to Linux. If you want to con­trib­ute to its de­vel­op­ment, see the help page. With only 1.5GB down­load for An­box it­self, the only thing you need to con­sider is the An­droid de­vel­op­ment tree. Shash­lik has mas­tered the in­stall of the Apks but the pro­gram isn’t all that well doc­u­mented.

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