Google Android Emulator now supports AMD processors and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor

Up until now, Google’s Android emulator with hardware accelerated speed enhancements worked only with Intel processors on Windows and the Hyper-V platform. Yesterday, Google announced that they are adding support for AMD processors and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor  with the latest Android Emulator update.

This updated Android Emulator can now run x86 based Android Virtual Devices (AVD) on Windows PCs that use AMD processors. Also, the Android Emulator can now also coexist with other Hyper-V-backed applications on Windows 10. Google mentioned that new Windows Hypervisor Platform (WHPX) API and recent open-source contributions from Microsoft made this possible. If you have an AMD processor in your PC you need the following setup requirements to be in place:

  • AMD Processor – Recommended: AMD Ryzen processors
  • Android Studio 3.2 Beta or higher – download via Android Studio Preview page
  • Android Emulator v27.3.8+ – download via Android Studio SDK Manager
  • x86 Android Virtual Device (AVD) – Create AVD
  • Windows 10 with April 2018 Update
  • Enable via Windows Features: “Windows Hypervisor Platform”

Learn more about this announcement here.

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