This blog teaches how you can run mobile app on an emulator. Coding Functions to implement logic in Java, writing Code in Java, declared attributes and unique identifier while using drag and drop feature using an attribute to define the elements. So how do you make your first mobile app? Let’s find out how.
The rest of this blog familiarizes you with the below-given concepts.
- What is an emulator and how does it simulates
- Components that represent your Mobile App.
- Declaring the components
- The required device features for your Mobile App.
- Resources that allow your Mobile App to optimize for various device configurations gracefully.
So without further ado, let’s get started with knowing an emulator.
An Android emulator is a tool that creates virtual Android devices (with software and hardware) on your computer. Now, you must also understand that basically it is a program that runs smoothly on your computer’s operating system and the best thing that this emulator does is the ability to mimic the guest device’s architecture. Built to accelerate development and help you build high-quality mobile apps for all devices.
Downloading Android Studio
This initial setup begins with downloading the android studio and agreeing on the terms and conditions mentioned there before installation.
After installation, a welcome screen appears. Now click the button “next” multiple times for smooth installation of the android studio. After completing the setup, click on the given button “finish” as the last button that appears on the screen. This setup wizard will validate the current SDK environment.
Configuring Android Studio
Upon configuring, the first thing that needs to be done is to create a new activity. For that, you will see empty activity bottom navigation activity, full-screen activity, master-detail flow and navigation drawer activity.
The Android Emulator simulates Android devices on your computer. The main reason was this simulation is to allow the user the capability to test your application on a variety of devices and Android API levels.
Therefore, this eliminates the need to have a physical device and serves as a very feasible approach for testing, experimenting, and building an mobile app.
The emulator is the replica that caters to all the functions that one can experience in a real Android device. You can simulate the following
- incoming phone calls and text messages,
- specify the location of the device,
- simulate different network speeds,
- simulate rotation and other hardware sensors,
- Access the Google Play Store, and much more.
Testing your mobile app on the emulator is in some ways faster and easier as compared to doing with a physical device. For instance, you can transfer data faster to the emulator in contrast to a device connected over USB.
The emulator comes with predefined configurations for various Android phone, tablet, Wear OS, and Android TV devices.
Run the Android Emulator directly in Android Studio
The Android Emulator runs directly inside Android Studio by default. This allows you to reap so many advantages and as a developer you can perform seamlessly. Here is a quick run down to how what can be easily achieved by using the emulator in android studio.
- conserve screen real estate,
- navigate quickly between the emulator and
- the editor window using hotkeys,
- Organize your IDE and emulator workflow in a single application window.
Starting New Project:
For starting a new project, you will be required to fill out certain empty fields. These fields include name, package name, save location, languages and minimum API level. The minimum API level indicates the capability level of the mobile App with various android versions that have come so far from Icecream Sandwich to jelly and KitKat. After this step, you will see folder names and Gradle scripts. This is a build tool open source for android studio, which brings us to know Gradle and why it is used?
Android Studio uses an advanced build toolkit. To automate with its own set of code and resources while reusing the parts common to all versions of your mobile App.
Gradle automates the creation of applications. The building process includes compiling, linking, and packaging the code. The process becomes more consistent with the help of building automation tools.
Establishing Gradle build
Gradle is best to radically change the definition and eliminate any deficiencies in the system. It is super apt for both when it comes to releasing software and developing software every day. Gradle is instrumental on the development side, on the micro-level for a small team, and the day-to-day.
Description of XML and Java file in Android
XML is used to build the layout of the page and each element; Java is the interactions between the mobile App, elements and its core objects. XML is used for making UI templates for your mobile App. Analogous to HTML in web development, XML is used to structure static views and layouts for your application. However, you can also make views and layouts dynamically when the need arises in your mobile App.
Java is used to fill your UI with life and makes the UI do whatever you want it to do. You add various functionalities in your mobile App using Java.
Here is how You Run a Mobile app
First of all, In Android Studio, create an Android Virtual Device (AVD) that the emulator can use to install and run your mobile App. Next, in the toolbar, select the AVD you want to run your App on from the target device drop-down menu. Finally, click run.
Creating our first Mobile App
Using this constraint layout, there are many options to utilize the text flow based on how you want it to look. The palette will open the extended view.
The Component Tree panel is important to understand. It shows the layout’s hierarchy of views. Using Constraint Layout, you can create both simple and complex layouts. With a flat view hierarchy, you can easily avoid the need for nested layouts.
Running our first Mobile App On Emulator.
This is how you can seamlessly run the mobile app on an emulator. In Android Studio, make an Android Virtual Device (AVD) that the emulator can install and run your mobile App. Choose your App from the run/debug configurations drop-down menu in the toolbar. From the target device drop-down menu, pick the AVD you want to run your mobile App on.
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