1/28/2014

Fast boot the Android emulator in less than 15s

The default emulator is annoyingly slow. Read on this post to boot your emulator in 15s

1) You HAVE to have an Intel CPU, anything else (AMD) will NOT work. Too bad AMD users ;)

2) OPEN adt-bundle-xxx/SDK Manager.exe
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3) Checkbox extras/Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM)

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4) Also checkbox Android 4.4.2 (API 19)/Intel x86 Atom System Image

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5) INSTALL ... wait...

6) Upon completion, browse here:
 \adt-bundle-xxx\sdk\extras\intel\Hardware_Accelerated_Execution_Manager\IntelHaxm.exe and install the driver

7) Reset your computer (not sure if this is necessary, but do it anyway)

8) Finally start Eclipse >> Window >> Android VD Manager

9) Copy my settings; you can edit them later. As long as you ensure your CPU is intel atom, you're good. You can FURTHER speed up emulator by checking Use Host GPU. ALSO further speed up by using a lower resolution, like 800x600.

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