Google brings improved Android emulator - developers take note
What’s that you say? You’ve never used the Android emulator before? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care – by making the emulator (the thing on a developers computer that simulates running an app) fast, it means that developers don’t have to output an .apk to their phone or tablet every time they want to try it out. That should mean more rapid testing and more iterations during development, which leads to better apps all around.
If you’re a developer head on over to the source link to learn about the newly improved emulator; for regular Android users rest a little easier tonight, knowing that Google continues to try and improve the tools that ultimately lead to better mobile experiences.
source: Google via 9to5Google
1. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
Is the emulator open to anyone? Meaning I can make my own apps?
5. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Yes, it has been open for years now.
6. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Yes, most of the tools provided for the Android work best with Linux. I'm not sure if the x86 emulation will work from Intel. There are some other x86 projects out there for Linux.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3099; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Still waiting on a decent DS emulator.
4. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
This article is inaccurate. I just installed all this stuff. At this point, the x86 emulation only works for Gingerbread. So, no you can't -- "Last month they added x86 support to the emulator, allowing developers to test ICS apps out at “usable” speeds." Also, the GPU acceleration only works for ICS