In this video, Doug Winnie reviews the emulator that comes with Android Studio. Emulators are virtual devices that simulate physical hardware to allow you to test your app, even if you don't have an Android phone or tablet. Emulators include the ability to test using virtual sensors as well, extending what you can test without a physical device.
- [Lecturer] When you create Android apps…you're building them on a computer,…either a desktop or a laptop.…But since the apps are meant to run on a phone…or a tablet, you might not have those available…at your fingertips to upload and test it out.…So what do you do?…The answer is to use an emulator.…Emulators are part of Android Studio…and allow you to build and deploy an app…to a virtual device that is attached to your computer…and use as an emulator to run the app…as if it was installed on a physical device.…There are emulators for multiple types of devices,…and as you test your app you can use them…to see how the app looks and feels…on any of these devices.…
With emulators, though, there are some trade-offs.…For instance, a mobile device has a number of sensors…that might not be on your desktop or laptop,…so the emulator tries to give you an alternate way…to fool the device with phoney information,…or you can't test certain things.…For instance, you might be testing an app…that relies on a GPS sensor.…The emulator can fake a location from a GPS sensor…
- Installing Android Studio
- Coding in Java and XML
- Getting a head start with starter templates
- Working with emulators
- Creating a project, variable, and toast
- Connecting XML widgets to code
- Adding images
- Adding game logic with conditional statements and operators
- Changing the data or design
Skill Level Beginner
1. Android Basics
Test your setup2m 56s
3. The Major Parts
4. Make an App
5. Tinkering with Your App
Next steps1m 4s
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