Anyone who has developed Android application, knows the issue with their emulators. Slow and sluggish are the words that come to mind, when we talk about them, and that’s just getting started. Practically, they’re pretty much useless for any serious app development. Most developers prefer to develop and debug right on their devices, and skip the emulator completely.
Ok, enough about them. Back to our point..
I recently came across Genymotion, which is an evolution of the popular AndroidVM project. This emulator will completely put all our arguments to rest. It is fast and snappy. Loads in about 10 seconds and works as good as a device. It also provides lot of preset device configurations, so you can emulate the popular devices on genymotion.
To make it work, you need to install VirtualBox on your machine, and then follow the instructions to setup a device configuration in minutes. You can also add plugins to your favourite editor (Intellij IDEA, in my case) to work with the virtual devices that you’ve setup.
That’s it. You’re ready to run your app in this shiny new emulator. Go ahead and give it a try. Strongly recommended.