I carefully followed the instruction in the Udacity course for setting up a Nexus 5 virtual device for launching my first app. The device kept crashing as soon as I brought it up.
I did the usual googling, and eventually came across a post explaining how to start the emulator from the command line
For me, in Fedora, the emulator binary is in
You can see what AVDs are available.
[pjr@localhost emulator]$ ./emulator -list-avds Nexus_5X_API_25
You can then start it disabling the hardware acceleration like this
./emulator -avd Nexus_5X_API_25 -gpu guest
Tada! It’s a phone.
However, I couldn’t find a way to then execute with the guest GPU setting in Android Studio. Though the option appears, and it looks selectable, its not!
Grr. Turns out, this is a known problem with images downloaded from the playstore (shown with the little triangle)
So I’m trying the Nexus 6 with Nougat API level 24. Finally, I get the option to select SW rendering
And now I have a lovely Nexus 6 running Android 7.0