Before running any application, you have to create an Android Virtual Device (AVD), a kind of software emulator for Android device. Alternatively, you can run directly on a physical device (phone, tablet, and watch), which is actually faster. However, creating AVD instances allows you to test your application in a variety of configurations (OS version, screen size, memory, and so on) which is almost impossible to do with real devices. You can perform this operation via the Graphical User Interface (GUI), or in command line. Both produce the same result.
To run the AVD Manager in windows, you need to execute the
AVD Manager.exe file located in the
$ANDROID_HOME root; Linux users need to navigate to their SDK's