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Genymotion a good Android emulator for Linux.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The emulator can be found at genymotion.com.

I should preface this post by stating that I have only used the Genymotion emulator for around twenty minutes, but it has already impressed me to the point where I would consider using as my main app testing device (I currently use a hardware device).

I have a few problems with the official Android emulator:
  • Hard to enable x86 emulation on Linux
  • Difficult to spoof GPS coordinates
  • Not very user friendly
In the short period of testing Genymotion, all of these points were resolved.

Installation was literally less than five minutes, the emulator ran buttery smooth, and there were lots of configuration options for testing and running apps. It even comes with images that include the official Google apps so you can essentially use the emulator like a regular hardware device.

Install Genymotion 2.0 In Ubuntu.

The 3rd party Android emulator Genymotion announced the official release of their 2.0 version today. This is a small tutorial on how to install it in Ubuntu.
  1. Download the Ubuntu installer from the Genymotion website
  2. Download and install the latest Virtualbox if you haven't already
  3. Open your terminal of choice
  4. Run the following commands to install and set up Genymotion
# Make the file executable
$ chmod +x genymotion-2.0.0_x64.bin
# Run the installer $ ./genymotion-2.0.0_x64.bin
# Move the installed directory to your home folder
$ mv genymotion ~/.genymotion
# Add executables to your path
$ echo 'export PATH="/home/$USER/.genymotion:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
And that's it! Simply restart your terminal and you should now be able to run genymotion and genymotion-shell from your terminal.

TIP: You can optionally download and install the Eclipse and/or IntelliJ IDEA plugins from the Genymotion Downloads page as well.

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