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Emulator Release Notes

The Android Emulator is a component for the Android SDK. It is included with Android Studio. Revisions of the emulator prior to 25.3.0 were distributed as part of the Android SDK Tools.

The sections below provide notes about successive releases of the Android Emulator, as denoted by revision number. To ensure you have the latest version, check the SDK Manager for updates. For Android Emulator revisions prior to 25.3.0, see the Android SDK Tools Release Notes.

Revision 26.0.0 (March 2017)

This release is compatible with API level 26. It also includes a number of performance improvements and bug fixes.

Updates with HAXM v6.1.1 (March 2017)

Note: HAXM v6.1.1 is available for Mac users through the SDK Manager as of March 30th, and will be available for Windows users soon.

Revision 26.0.0 of the Android Emulator supports HAXM v6.1.1, which includes the following updates:

  • Enables Performance Monitoring Units (PMU) emulation. (Issue 223377)
  • Fixes coexistence with VirtualBox and Docker on Macs. (Issue 197915)
  • Revises the installation error message displayed when the installer fails to detect Intel VT-x on Windows, usually because Hyper-V is enabled.
  • Adds support for accelerating the Android Emulator in a Hyper-V-based Windows VM. This update requires that the host Hyper-V instance (the one that manages the Windows VM/guest) use the latest version of Hyper-V with nested virtualization enabled. Hyper-V must be disabled in the guest Hyper-V instance (the Windows VM).

Revision 25.3.0 (March 2017)

As of this release, the Android Emulator will be released separately from the SDK Tools. This release contains a variety of performance improvements, new features, and bug fixes.

Minor revision 25.3.1 (March 2017)

  • Fixed a crash occurring on some GPU configurations by disabling GLAsyncSwap by default. This feature was added in 25.3.0 to improve frame timing and frames per second for games and video, but causes the emulator to fail on some unknown machine configurations. You can manually enable it by opening the android_sdk/emulator/lib/advancedFeatures.ini file and setting GLAsyncSwap = on.


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