By Barry Burd

Android’s standard emulator (the emulator that you download from Google’s website) is notoriously messy. The startup is slow, and even after startup, the emulator’s response can be painfully sluggish. You may test Android code on a real device connected via USB to your computer. The performance on a real device (even on an older Android device) is much snappier than on the standard emulator.

If you don’t like the standard emulator, and you don’t want to attach devices to your development computer, you have a third choice. At, you can download an alternative to the standard Android emulator. The alternative is available for Windows, Macintosh, and 64-bit Debian-based systems.

Genymotion’s emulator is must faster and has more features than the standard emulator. If there’s a downside to the Genymotion emulator, it’s the cost. Genymotion’s product is free for personal use, but costs from 100 to 300 Euros for commercial use.

If you develop apps only for personal use, or if you have money to spend on a commercial venture, then Genymotion’s emulator is definitely worth considering.

And that does it! You’re ready to run your first Android app. Go for it!