Setting up an emulator

Setting up an emulator is a convenient way to test your code in a virtual device. However, it can be tricky to set them up in some machines and they can be very slow. In this video we also show ‘comments’ in a program (09:10).

You may be interested in reading this blog that discusses the use of emulators vs real devices. There is also a downloadable guide for this Step.

If you have difficulty in getting an emulator to work…

  • and you have an Android 2.2 or higher device you can use to test your code proceed to the next step.
  • and you do not have an Android device that you can use to test your code make a post in the comments. Someone in the community may be able to help you. Provide details about your computer configuration and problem (for example: Operating System and version, 32 or 64 bit, what is the problem and any error messages received). It is also worth having a look at our Begin Programming FAQs suggestions and trying “Googling” the exact message you get and see if there is a suggestion on a technical site such as, if you do find a good solution do share it with the community.

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Begin Programming: Build Your First Mobile Game

University of Reading