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AVD - Android Virtual Device

In Eclipse, choose Window | AVD Manager.

To launch from command line:

~~~~ {.prettyprint style=”color: rgb(0, 112, 0); font-family: monospace; line-height: normal; border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-right-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-left-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-image: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding-top: 10px; padding-right: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px; padding-left: 10px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; overflow-x: auto; overflow-y: auto; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; “} emulator -avd ~~~~

The emulator uses QEMU.

The home page for the virtual device/a>.

  • The emulator is notoriously slow, but cool. To speed it up:
    • Use a real device instead
    • Use Android X86 and Virtual Box instead
  • Based on QEMU (
    • Emulation of the CPU itself
    • ARM based (Advanced RISC Machine)
  • There are limitations:
    • No USB, Wifi, Bluetooth
    • Hint: Launch it, then keep it open\

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