Create and run app on virtual device in Android Studio

Besides physical devices, you can use Android Virtual Device (AVD) to debug and run your application. In this Android tip, I am going to show you how to create and run your application on a virtual device in Android Studio. You can create a virtual device to target different categories of devices (e.g. Phone, Tablet, TV, and Wear). Each category, there are a lot hardware models to meet your real target devices. Each hardware model has name, size, resolution, and density.

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To create a virtual device in Android Studio, you select Tools->Android->AVD Manager. You will see a window dialog that allows you to create a new virtual device. Just follow the instruction. After finishing the task, you can test whether the virtual device works by the green right-arrow under the Actions in Your Virtual Devices window dialog.

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To run your application using the virtual device, from the Run menu, you select Edit Configurations… Then select Emulator and choose the virtual device you have created from the Prefer Android Virtual Device dropdown list. Select OK. Then press shift+f10 to run your application.
For the first run, it might take long than two minutes. To speed up the next run, do not close the virtual device.

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Posted by: Dara | post date: 03-24-2015 | Subject: Android Apps Development

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