Android Studio with alternative emulator:Genymotion

In this post I will explain how to setup Android development environment using Android Studio and Genymotion.
Moving from Eclispe/ADT to Android Studio I was exploring some alternative configuration to improve my building environment. I came across a nice Android device emulator called Genymotion. I find it very interesting and really fast so that I decided to use it as my device emulator. Everything is very easy.
What do you need?

  • Android Studio already installed
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox ( you can download it here)
  • Genymotion Android emulator (download it here)
  • Genymotion Android studio plugin

Installing Oracle VM VirtualBox

If you use Windows platform you have everything in your download otherwise you have to download the VM VirutalBox by yourself and install it. The process is very straightforward so I won’t go into the details. This step is necessary otherwise the Android Emulator won’t start.

Installing Genymotion Android device emulator

The first thing you have to do is creating a free account so that you can download the emulator. You can choice among different platforms, in my case I selected Mac OS X. Once you have downloaded it and installed it you have something like that:
android studio with genymotion alternative
Where you can have different emulator available. You select one and download it from the net. At the end you have your emulator ready to run:
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Installing Android Studio Plugin

In order to integrate the development tool with the emulator you have to install a plugin for Android Studio. Go to Preferences and look for Plugin the search box. Then you add the plugin you have already downloaded and you have:
android studio genymotion
Now you can run your Android project and you will find:
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The emulator is completely integrated in your development tool.The first time you run the emulator you can find an alert asking the Android SDK installation path:
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Once you have configured it you can run your project:
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