Popular Android emulator for PC discontinued, founders join Google


In case you're not familiar with what LeapDroid is (or was, at this point), it's a free Android emulator for PC. It was released in June this year and its developers claimed that it's the fastest and most powerful option on the market.

Well, that certainly isn't the case anymore, since LeapDroid has been discontinued after only five months of short-lived fame.

In an announcement on the LeapDroid site, the two founders, Huan Ren and Huihong Luo, delivered the news that they're now joining Google. The duo didn't state what exactly they will be working on, since it's “too soon to comment on specific plans”. However, it appears that there was some truth to their earlier boasting, if Big-G took interest in the developers.

The LeapDroid creators also included a FAQ section below the announcement, which addresses the main questions LeapDroid users might have asked. In it they explain that the emulator itself is not acquired by Google and, if you happen to have it installed, you are free to continue using it. That probably gives some comfort to developers and hobbyists that work with the emulator, but both will have to look elsewhere in the future, as LeapDroid will no longer be updated or supported in any way.

All versions of the emulator have been taken offline, with all pages, except for the homepage, of LeapDroid's site returning a “404 – Not Found” error. However, versions of the software can still be found on various freeware repositories.

source: LeapDroid via SlashGear

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12 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

BlueStacks is still the most widely used Emulator, anyways. LeapDroid wasn't any special.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

who knew leapDroid?

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol IKR? Never even heard of it until this article...best emulator I'm aware of is AMIDuOS ( http://sck.pm/Qfu ), then again, have yet to miss them bastardized and/or IAP-infected apps on my Surface Pro, so, never bothered installing it nor any other droid emulator.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Never heard of leapdroid until I read this article. Bluestack sucks cause its processes keep running in the background even if you close it.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Is that really why Bluestack suck? Most apps on Android and Windows PCs stay on background processes, even after the apps are closed. Is it new?

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

It lags like hell, its slow. It crashed and froze my laptop. Even uninstalling it was a nightmare. Even itunes is better than bluestacks on Windows lol.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Google is now on innovation buying spree to make catchup on Microsoft's Continuum.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wonder how many other droid emulators exist out there...

9. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Remix OS Player:http://www.jide.com/remixos-player I'm gonna try it in the coming days.

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I have it installed on a old hp netbook, very fluid OS, imo

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have positive experience with Remix OS. Snappy performance in x86 cpu.

12. hemedans

Posts: 759; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

best one is amiduos and droid4x, also there is remix os (emulator) but it is very demanding. if you want to dual boot there is phoenix os (best one) and remix os

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