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Using Genymotion when developing Cordova Applications

posted by Gorkem Ercan on Jan 06, 2015.

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Genymotion is an alternate Android emulator that is preferred by some developers for its better performance and accurate device emulation. Although, we have not specifically tried to support Genymotion as part of Hybrid Mobile tools, it is possible and easy to enable Genymotion for developing Cordova applications.

Emulator or device ?

Hybrid mobile tools uses ADB to work with Android devices and emulators. Fortunately, it is possible to use ADB to connect to Genymotion. which means that you still need the Android SDK installed for this to work.

By default, Genymotion uses its own Android tools but you can change it to use the tools from the Android SDK. After you start the Genymotion application, open settings using the Settings from the menu bar. On the settings dialog switch to ADB tab. Select Use custom Android SDK tools option and specify the location the Android SDK field. End result should look similar to the screen capture below.

Once Genymotion is configured to use ADB, start a virtual device from Genymotion application. ADB will recognize it as a device, rather than an emulator. Hereafter, you can use Run On Android Device from the run menu on Hybrid Mobile projects to test Cordova applications on Genymotion.

genymotion settings adb

So what happens when you already have a real device connected on debug mode? Unfortunately, you can work with only one device at a time, so you need to disconnect the device, to allow Genymotion to receive the application. You can follow the issue on Eclipse Bugzilla to find out when such use will be supported, and as usual, encourage for a quicker resolution.

Gorkem Ercan

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