A Better Android Emulator

Looking for a better Android emulator? Sure you are. I won’t even get into how slow the stock Android emulator is. If you use it, you know. If you haven’t used it, you don’t want to know. Luckily a better emulator is available using Virtualbox and Genymotion.

This is how I setup Genymotion on OSX.

  1. Download and install Virtualbox. Nothing complicated here. Just download, launch the dmg file and follow the instructions.
  1. Download and install Genymotion. You will need to create a login for genymotion.com to download the application. This username and password is needed later to setup your virtual machine. Download genymotion, launch the dmg, and follow the instructions.
  1. Create a new Virtual Device. Launch Genymotion and you should have an empty list of virtual devices. Click add, you can use the filters or just scroll through the list to choose the device. In this case I chose the Nexus 5. If your list of available virtual devices is empty, you will need to sign in to your Genymotion account in the application.
  1. Start your new Virtual Device In Genymotion application, choose the newly created virtual device and click play. Wait for the virtual device to load. It should appear like a Nexus 5.

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