Android App Development : What’s New in Android Emulator?

Android App Development : What’s New in Android Emulator?

Before releasing an app in the market, it is necessary to test it. One of the vital problems faced by an app developer is the difficulty in testing for different types of apps in various android devices as the configurations and screen sizes pose as a hurdle in testing. In order to overcome this acute problem of testing, developers have come out with Android Emulator.

With Symmetric multiprocessing and other changes made in I/O and ADB, it now becomes much easier to test the app, thus making it quite faster to perform. Moreover, it has got a new interface to make the emulator easier to use. Well, faster performance is not something that the Android Emulator has, in fact there are a lot of interesting and new features as well that take the process of android app development to another level.

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  1. Faster CPU Performance – The Symmetric Multi-Processor supports the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as a result of which, the apps run fast due to increased CPU acceleration. Since, Android Studio uses CPU acceleration on x86, it speeds up the system of the microprocessor as well. Not only this, with the new and improved Symmetric Multi Processor, a developer can now install APKs in less time.
  1. Increased Performance Of ADB – Apart from improving the performance of the CPU, the Android Debug Bridge has also increased the rate at which data is transferred between the Android Studio and Android Debug Bridge. Now, you can push the files up to 5x speed than a normal device. Hence, you can push large files and APK during app development cycle.
  1. Improved User Interface – There are three areas in the user interface, where the Android Emulator proves to be a blessing. They are – toolbar, window zooming, drag and drop. We will study each one of them individually.
  1. Toolbar – With an all new interface, Android Emulator brings some of the most important commands such as screen rotation, volume control and screenshots on the toolbar into use. Now, the developer doesn’t have to rely on the command line options at all.
  2. Window Scaling and Zooming – You can drag your screen to one corner now and view it on one side of your phone. Moreover, you can also zoom in the screen of your mobile phone.
  3. Drag and Drop – The Android Emulator not only enables you to speed up the installation process by dragging and dropping the APKs, but it also allows you to make use of the drag and drop option for opening any file in the internal SD card of the emulator to allow testing.

An Android Emulator also helps you to perform a number of emulator actions like sending a virtual SMS, managing the power level of the emulator and making a call virtually. What’s interesting is that you can also send the location of GPS and play the customized set of GPX and KML points.

The future of Android Emulator is promising. It has just taken baby steps in the world of android apps. It is expected that there will be some more interesting features such as APIs levels, new and improved sensors with updated versions of Android Studio.

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