# Emulated Sensors and Features
To simulate various behaviors of your application according to specific use cases, Genymotion Desktop provides easy-to-use widgets which emulate the following sensors and features:
|Sound Control||Rotate Screen|
|Pixel Perfect||Navigation Widgets|
# Touchscreen 3.2
Genymotion Desktop supports touchscreens from 3.2.0 onwards. It is now possible to use your touchscreen as on a real mobile or tablet device.
GENYMOBILE SAS assumes no liability whatsoever resulting from the download, install and use of Google Play Services within your virtual devices. You are solely responsible for the use and assume all liability related thereto. Moreover, GENYMOBILE SAS disclaims any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, implied warranties of merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose regarding the compatibility of the Open GApps packages with any version of Genymotion. In no event shall GENYMOBILE SAS or its affiliates, or their respective officers, directors, employees, or agents be liable with respect to your download or use of the Google Play Services and you release GENYMOBILE SAS from any liability related thereto. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless GENYMOBILE SAS for any claims or costs related to your use or download of the Google Play Services.
The application you are developing or testing may require an interaction with Google Play Services (e.g.: in-app purchasing, advertising, etc.). The Open GApps widget allows you to install a minimum package of those services, also containing an application store.
Your virtual device must run Android 4.4 and above.
If you wish to install applications with native ARM code from Google Play Store, you have to install the ARM translation tool before the OpenGApps package (see Deploying an application - Applications with ARM code).
# Standard method (recommended)
To install the OpenGApps package:
- Click and follow the instructions. At the end of the installation, you are redirected to the OpenGApps website.
- Reboot the virtual device when prompted.
- (Optional) Open the Play Store and configure your account.
# Alternative method from the OpenGApps website
You can install OpenGApps directly from opengapps.org (opens new window).
Using this method may not work since opengapps.org regularly update their package and may introduce unforeseen bugs. We recommend using the Standard method instead.
The Battery widget allows you to test how your application reacts with different battery charge levels and states of charge. To use the Battery widget:
- Modify the charge level using the slider or enter a value in the Charge level field.
- Modify the state of charge by checking the State of charge box:
- Check to activate the Charging state. This simulates that the power supply is plugged in and the battery is charging.
- Uncheck to activate the Discharging state. This simulates that the power supply is unplugged and the battery is discharging.
# Single position
Many applications do not rely on the GPS orientation, but use the device accelerometer or gyroscope to determine the bearing of the device. This is not emulated yet, but you can use the remote control widget to use a real device with accelerometer and/or gyroscope. Please refer to Remote Control section.
To use the GPS widget and set a single position:
- Click and activate the GPS emulation.
- Select the
- Set the latitude value you wish to simulate using the Latitude field. The latitude value must range from -90° to 90°.
- Set the longitude value you wish to simulate using the Longitude field. The longitude value must range from -180° to 180°.
- Set the altitude value you wish to simulate using the Altitude field. The altitude value must range from -10000m to 10000m.
- Set an accuracy value using the slider or by entering a value in the Accuracy field. The accuracy value must range from 0m to 200m.
- Set a bearing value using the compass or by entering a value in the Bearing field. The bearing value must range from 0° to 359.99°.
You can also define a location using the Map button.
# Simulate routes 3.2 License required
It is now possible to simulate routes by uploading a track file.
This feature only supports GPX trace format for the moment. More formats may be added in the future.
Your GPX file must contain timestamps and elevation, such as
<trkpt lat="46.0538" lon="6.6692"><ele>1410.734375</ele><time>2020-02-21T13:51:25Z</time></trkpt>
If your GPX file contains more than one track, only the first track will be played.
- Generate a GPX track file with your favourite application, such as GoogleEarth.
- Click and activate the GPS emulation.
- Select the
- Click Open to upload your GPX.
- Click Play/Pause to start or pause the route simulation.
- Change play speed by selecting a replay speed in the drop-down menu.
The Camera widget allows you to send a video stream to the virtual device cameras. With this widget, you can test an Android application that uses an Android built-in camera. The video stream comes from a real physical webcam connected or integrated into your computer.
To use the Camera widget, click
The Capture widget allows you to take a screenshot or screencast of virtual devices. This way, you can share images or videos of your applications:
|Take a screenshot.|
|Record a screencast.|
Click to start recording and click again to stop.
|Browse the recorded screenshots and/or screencasts folder.|
The default folder can be changed in Genymotion > Settings > Device
# Remote control
With the Remote control widget , you can take control of a virtual device from a physical device (any phone or tablet running Android version 2.2/API level 8/Froyo or above). This widget works with a specific Android application that runs on the physical device and forwards touch inputs and accelerometer events to Genymotion Desktop. As a result, you can test your application as if you were holding a device in your hands.
The Remote control widget requires to have ADB installed on your computer. For more information, please refer to section ADB
To use the Remote control widget:
Connect your physical device either by wire or with Wi-Fi. To connect with Wi-Fi, your physical device must support ADB over network.
On your physical device, go to Menu → System settings → Developer options.
If you have not unlocked this menu yet, go to Menu → System settings → About and click several times on Build number until you get a message meaning that Developer options are now available.
Check Android debugging and then ADB over network.
Connect your physical device to the Wi-Fi and retrieve its IP address from the Wi-Fi menu.
Open a command prompt and enter
<path to ADB>\connect <IP>.
Activate the widget by clicking On. Genymotion Desktop tries to detect any connected Android device.
Select your device from the Available devices drop-down list and click Start.
If the device is connected to ADB and not visible in the list, restart the widget.
Check the desired options:
- Enable preview: enables previewing your Genymotion Desktop screen on your physical device.
- Enable touch screen: allows your physical device to send touch events to Genymotion Desktop.
- Enable accelerometer: allows your physical device to send accelerometer events to Genymotion Desktop.
The Remote control widget automatically stops when you disconnect your device.
The Identifiers widget shows Device ID and Android ID numbers. You can view and edit these values at any time, without having to reboot your virtual device.
# Disk I/O
The Disk I/O widget allows you to emulate devices with slow internal storage. It can be very handy if your app requires reading large amount of data from the disk such as gallery apps that load locally stored images or games that load large assets.
To simulate high or poor disk performance:
- Click .
- From Profile, select a type of device:
- High-end device: Read speed limit 200MiB per second.
- Mid-range device: Read speed limit 100MiB per second.
- Low-end device: Read speed limit 50MiB per second.
- Custom device: enter the read speed limit you wish to emulate in MiB.
- Click Update.
When switching from a device profile to another, the disk cache is automatically cleared. You can force clearing the cache by clicking Clear Cache.
The Network widget allows you to test how your application reacts with different network quality and performance types.
Activate the network simulation by clicking On.
Select a network profile from the Profile drop-down list.
When activating the widget for the first time, the profile network is automatically set to Wifi . It then takes the last network profile used.
|Profile||Upload speed||Download speed||Upload/Download delay (in ms)||Packet loss||DNS delay (in ms)|
(high DNS delay)
(high packet losses)
The Phone widget allows you to test applications relying on telephony features and observe their behavior when receiving a call or a text message. To use the Phone widget, click
# App Sharing Licence required
The App sharing feature allows you to share an application with other users via Genymotion Cloud SaaS so they can have access to the application within a web browser. As the shared application is being made accessible via a virtual machine running in Genymotion Cloud SaaS, designers, sales representatives or any stakeholders not having Genymotion Desktop Software installed on their workstation are able to see the application being developed or tested in order to give their feedback.
To share an application, you must have previously installed it in a virtual device of Genymotion Desktop. Please refer to Deploying an Application for details.
- From your virtual device, click
- In Users, enter the e-mail addresses of the users with whom you wish to share the application
- (Optional) In the Message field, add the message of your choice to give information to the users about the purpose of the shared application
- Click Share
This uploads the application and makes it available to the users you have specified. In the meantime, a notification e-mail is sent to them. They can access the shared application via that e-mail or by signing in directly to Genymotion Cloud SaaS.
An application shared from Genymotion Desktop software to multiple users is not shared among all receivers but instead cloned individually into virtual devices with said application running in Genymotion Cloud SaaS for each one of the receivers.
# Sound Control
You can control the volume of the sound emitted by your virtual device by clicking or
# Rotate Screen
You can rotate the screen of your virtual device by clicking
# Pixel Perfect
With Pixel Perfect, you can be highly precise in the development of your user interface and ensure every pixel of your application really looks as it should. One pixel of the virtual device is displayed using one pixel of your computer screen.
Click button once to enable Pixel Perfect. Click again to disable it.
If the virtual device screen size is larger than your computer screen size, the virtual device window will be maximized and you will be able to use scrollbars to move inside the screen.
# Navigation Widgets
|Recent Apps widget||Brings the Android Recent Screen which lists recently accessed activities and tasks.|
|Home widget||Emulates the |
|Back widget||Emulates the |
|Power widget||Simulates a real device power button.|
Left click on the widget to put the virtual device to sleep or long left-click to simulate a power button hold (reset or power off, depending on Android version).