Installing and Running the Amazon AVD Launcher

Introduction

The beta Amazon AVD Launcher allows you to easily configure the Kindle Fire emulator. The Amazon AVD Launcher tool simplifies the process of creating an Android Virtual Device (AVD) by allowing you to select the device you want to emulate and automatically filling in the correct settings. As a result, the Amazon AVD Launcher is a more reliable way of configuring the emulator than manually configuring it with the Android AVD Manager.

The Amazon AVD Launcher is a beta tool and is subject to change.


Prerequisites

To use the beta Amazon AVD Launcher, you must first set up your development computer as described in Setting Up Your Development Environment.


Installing the Amazon AVD Launcher

The beta Amazon AVD Launcher is available through the Android SDK Manager as an SDK add-on. To install the Amazon AVD Launcher, follow the instructions in Installing Kindle Fire Device and Emulator Dependencies.

Note: The Amazon AVD Launcher is a standalone tool. It is not the Android Virtual Device Manager tool on the Tools menu in Android SDK Manager.


Configuring the Emulator with the Amazon AVD Launcher

To use the beta Amazon AVD Launcher after installing it by using Android SDK Manager:

  1. At the command line, change directory to <ANDROID_SDK>/extras/amazon/. Then, if your development computer runs Windows, open the AVDLauncherWindows directory. On Mac OS X, open the AVDLauncherMacOSX directory.
  2. At the command line, on a Windows computer, type amazonavd. On a Mac, type ./amazonavd.
  3. In the SDK path verification dialog box, type or browse to the path to your Android SDK installation, and then click OK.
  4. In the Amazon AVD Manager window, select the device you want to emulate, and then click Create AVD.
  5. On the Main tab, in the AVD Name box, type a name for your AVD.
    The Amazon AVD Launcher specifies settings that match the Amazon device you selected. Generally, you can leave the default settings unchanged. However, review the following values to verify that the settings match your system capabilities or hardware:
    • CPU/ABI.
    • Emulation Options.
    • Keyboard.
      • Choose On-screen keyboard if no physical keyboard is available, or if you want to display the onscreen keyboard so that you can align elements of your app layout to the keyboard.
      • Choose My computer keyboard to use the physical keyboard on your development computer for user input. If you choose this option, the onscreen keyboard does not appear in the emulator.
    • Front Camera.
      • Choose Emulated if your app requires camera output, but your development computer does not have a camera. The emulator simulates camera output with animated images.
      • Choose Webcam0 if your app requires camera output and your development computer has a camera.
      • Choose None if your app does not require camera output. For Kindle Fire HD 7" (3rd Generation), Kindle Fire (2nd Generation), and Kindle Fire (1st Generation), the front camera feature is disabled because there is no camera.
  6. Click OK to create the AVD.
  7. To launch the AVD, on the Amazon AVDs tab, select the AVD, and then click Start.

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