Google brings improved Android emulator - developers take note

Google brings improved Android emulator - developers take note
Google has really been working hard to upgrade the emulator for Android. Last month they added x86 support to the emulator, allowing developers to test ICS apps out at “usable” speeds. Now they have turned “usable” into “downright speedy” by enabling hardware acceleration based on your computers GPU. Although the feature is still technically in beta (so is Google Maps Navigation, so the Big G has a broad definition of “beta”), it apparently has finally made the ICS emulator work at near real-time speeds – depending on the hardware in your PC (see demo video below). As a bonus, you can also run OpenGL games in the emulator now.

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

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6 Comments

1. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Is the emulator open to anyone? Meaning I can make my own apps?

5. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yes, it has been open for years now.

2. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

Is there a linux version of the emu?

6. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Still waiting on a decent DS emulator.

4. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 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

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