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Xamarin 4.x Cross-Platform Application Development - Third Edition by Jonathan Peppers

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Setting up the Android emulator

The Android emulator has historically been known to be sluggish compared to developing on a physical device. To help solve this issue, Google has produced an x86 emulator that supports hardware acceleration on desktop computers. It isn't installed by default in the Android Virtual Device (AVD) Manager, so let's set that up.

The x86 Android emulator can be installed by performing the following steps:

  1. Open Xamarin Studio.
  2. Launch Tools | Open Android SDK Manager....
  3. Scroll down to Extras; install Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM Installer).
  4. Scroll to Android 6.0 (API 23); install Intel x86 Atom System Image.
  5. Optionally, install any other packages you are interested in. At the minimum, make sure you have everything that ...

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