Google has recently updated the options that come with the android emulator on 04 9, 2012. This update may appease android developers. As the demand and utilization of android devices have grown through leaps and bounds, the emulator found it difficult to maintain pace. Last month Google added x86 support towards the android emulator that allowed android developers to try ICS app at ‘usable’ rates of speed. Google has now made ‘significant improvements’ towards the emulator to enhance the overall performance.
The emulator comes with an in-built GPU support. Android devices rely more about the graphics chip for improved overall performance. So the emulator will have the benefit of hardware acceleration. This will help more realistic simulation. The emulator facilitates OpenGL ES 2. 0, therefore it can run OpenGL games inside. This will enable developers to build up games for different devices and also to run it within the emulator to check on the performance.
Hardware may be the most essential element for any digital camera. Google has also enhanced the hardware options that come with the android emulator. Last year it added the camera support towards the emulator, and now with a few hardware upgrades made, android developers may use tethered android device to check inputs for sensors and multi-touch enter. Google is working on supplying Bluetooth and NFC support towards the emulator. This emulator will be extremely helpful for android developers.
The android emulator may be improved on the CPU performance too. The android engineering team authored: “Hardware floating point operation may be available for system images because Ice Cream Sandwich (Google android 4. 0), allowing CPU operations to become emulated roughly twice as rapidly. Last week’s r17 developer resources release included x86 system pictures and host drivers (available with the SDK Manager), allowing the emulator to get into the host CPU natively and gives significantly faster execution. ”
Google android platform has close interactions in between applications and system components, which means this improved emulator will provide an entire system image. This shows just how much interest Google takes to increase performance for android application designers.