Intel emulates x86 Android with Google API calls

Android x86 system image with Google APIs

Android x86 system image with Google APIs

An interesting one to flag on The Inquirer to document the march, if that’s the right verb, of Android on x86.

They highlight a post on Intel’s Developer Zone blog, covering Google releasing an x86 system image for the Android SDK that includes the Google APIs – so that your test apps can reference Google Maps and Calendar and the like on an x86 virtual device image…

Intel’s John Bancroft writes:

If you’ve used the Android SDK, you’ve probably noticed that Intel Atom x86 system images for the emulator have been available for a while now. You might have been frustrated with the fact that the system image didn’t include access to any of the Google APIs. I have good news: Google has released an x86 system image for the Android SDK that includes the Google APIs (supporting API 19/Android 4.4.2). That means you can now test your apps that use Google APIs on an x86 virtual device image (and take advantage of the huge hardware acceleration speed boost you get from our HAXM driver if your development system has Intel VT virtualization technology).

Once you install the system image you will need to create a new Android Virtual Device (AVD) for the emulator to use. You have to set the value of the ‘Target’ to “Google APIs x86 (Google Inc.) – API Level 19″. The newest version of Android, “KitKat” 4.4, is API level 19.

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