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Is android SDK emulator by nature slow?

Anton Sigurdsson
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Joined: Sep 29, 2011
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I got a question about the android SDK emulator. Its rally slow and its a royal pain. When I test thing on my phone. Then its fast and smooth. Is my emulator wrongly set up or is it slow.
Karthik Shiraly
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ARM emulation is terribly slow for me too, even with Snapshot or host GPU enabled. You can try enabling host GPU and see if it improves the speed.

That's why I use x86 images for emulator whenever feasible; it's much faster since there's no emulation involved (assuming your CPU is x86).
Ulf Dittmer
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You could also try how fast running an actual Android build on a VM is: http://www.howtogeek.com/164570/how-to-install-android-in-virtualbox/ It might not be easy to get at logcat output, connect a debugger, etc. - I've never tried that.


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Christopher McKay
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Yes, I have noticed that when running an app on the Android SDK Emulator, the app runs really slow. where as when I run the app on a real device it runs really smooth. My only advice would be to run your app via a real android device.
jacob wilson
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Its slow and does not have expected speed.
Ulf Dittmer
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jacob wilson wrote:Its slow and does not live up to expectation.

Care to elaborate on that? What were your expectations?
Christopher McKay
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jacob wilson wrote:Its slow and does not live up to expectation.

I also agree, but to run a an emulator of android which is ARM (correct me if I am using the wrong name) on an x64/x86 machine is hard enough. Also, you would have to have a lot of processing power dedicated to it, which wouldn't be cheap, or you could buy an actual android device for around the same price, and run your app on that.
 
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