Hyper-V Android emulator preview available on Windows 10 April 2018 Update


At Build 2018, Microsoft officially announced Google Android
emulator preview that is compatible with the Hyper-V. However,
the new preview is only available for the latest Windows 10
April 2018 update.

The new preview allows developers to use a hardware accelerated
Android emulator without switching from Intel’s HAXM
hypervisor. This new functionality is achieved with the help
from the Xamarin team. Microsoft acquired Xamarin in
February 2016 and integrated the platform with Visual Studio.

The Hyper-V Android emulator preview also allows developers to
use Google’s Android emulator side-by-side with other Hyper-V
based technology such as Hyper-V VMs, Docker tooling, the
HoloLens emulator, and more. In other words, Android developer
who also uses Hyper-V can use a fast Android emulator that will
support latest Android APIs, out of the box support for Google
Play Services and more.

The preview also supports almost all key features in emulator
including camera, geolocation, and Quick Boot. Hyper-V was
causing a lot of trouble with graphics drivers and performance
of it wasn’t acceptable at all on Windows 8 / 8.1. But with
this new emulator, Microsoft made a significant improvement and
they assure user’s that it will deliver great performance.

Microsoft introduced the Windows Hypervisor Platform with
Windows 10 April 2018 update. The Windows Hypervisor Platform
enables various third-party virtualization stacks in order
to utilize the Windows Hypervisor for hardware
acceleration. Basically what Windows Hypervisor will do is
replaces the Intel HAXM as the hypervisor for the Android

Maybe this is why Project Astoria was abandoned. With Windows
on ARM integrated with an efficient emulator running on Hyper-V
with ARM support for the emulator. Sure it might invoke
little performance issue. This would be Windows running an APK
in an emulated environment.

In order to use the Hyper-V Android emulator preview,
developers have to download and install the Visual Studio Tools
for Xamarin. You can check out the detailed guide from
here on how to install and configure Hyper-V Android
emulator on Windows 10 Machine running April 2018 update
(version 1803).

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