Running on the Emulator

To run an Android application, you need a device – either a hardware device or a virtual device. Virtual devices are powered by the Android emulator, which ships with the developer tools.

To create an Android virtual device (AVD), choose ToolsAndroidAVD Manager. When the AVD Manager appears, click the +Create Virtual Device... button in the lower-left corner of the window.

In the dialog that appears, you are offered many options for configuring a virtual device. For your first AVD, choose to emulate a Nexus 5X, as shown in Figure 1.15. Click Next.

Figure 1.15  Choosing a virtual device

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