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  1. Allow Visual Studio users to create custom Android Emulator profiles

    Although it's great that Microsoft provides profiles for common Android devices in their XDE Emulator, it would be great to tweak these for certain use cases.

    For instance, I'd like to make an Android profile for a "phone" that uses xhdpi (or even lower) with 512M of RAM.

    There's no option for this, however by examining the list that Visual Studio Emulator Android downloads on launch:

    * http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=534775

    It should be possible or trivial to allow users to custom create their own profiles.

    252 votes
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      2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Resolve HAXM / Hyper-V conflict

      Resolve the HAXM <--/--> Hyper-V conflict, so that Android development with the new Android Emulator feature can be done with an accelerated native VM instead of emulated which is slow.

      124 votes
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        1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support copy/paste between the emulator and host

        Often need to test e.g. long and complex web addresses, re-typing them or emailing them to myself to open on the emulator is a bother. Genymotion emulators do it nicely.

        71 votes
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          0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add SMS/Phone call simulation

          In our research project we do automated malware analysis of free android apps and malware samples we get from a cooperation with an anti-malware software company.
          We currently work with the official Android Emulator to test and evaluate new Android malware samples.

          Our tests with the Visual Studio Emulator have been very promising. However to trigger some malicious behavior we need to simulate SMS and phone calls.

          It would also be an important feature for developers who need to trigger some functionality on phone call/SMS intents.

          48 votes
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            0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Android API Level 24

            Please add support for Android API Level 24

            39 votes
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              0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add commandline support for "Additional Tools" features

              The "Additional Tools" of the emulator like Accelerometer, GPS location, battery percentage, Network, etc. can only be managed via GUI.

              Please add this to the CLI of emulatorcmd.exe to make tests scriptable.

              35 votes
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                0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enable change of emulator image files location

                Using emulators required a lot of space on our hard drives, which is difficult, when using laptop or SSD. Please enable us to change folder where emulator files are stored.

                32 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Don't overwrite VM network adapter settings when launching the emulator

                  By default the emulator cannot connect to the internet if you don't have a router in your network. This is easily fixed by changing the Emulator External Network Adapter to a virtual switch the internet connection has been shared with (ICS).

                  However, this only works after the emulator is already up and running since any changes made to the VM network adapter settings in Hyper-V Manager will be overwritten by XDE.exe/emulatormgr.exe when launching the emulator.

                  30 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow running multiple instances of the same emulator profile

                    I would really like it if I could launch multiple instances of the same profile. Either by clicking the play button multiple times or by being able clone already existing profiles.

                    This suggestion is similar to the one asking for a way to be able to add custom emulator profiles but it would also be really nice not having to create a profile from scratch and instead use an existing profile as a template for your own custom profile.

                    21 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add scroll wheel support in the Android emulator

                      Add support for scrolling with the mouse wheel in the Android emu for activities

                      20 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add root access capability(option) to vs android emulator

                        In other emulators there is an option to access root files and some of them are potentially rooted, whereas vs emulator is much better than other emulators it would the best if it comes with root access.
                        Please consider this great option.
                        Thanks

                        17 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow screenshots to be copied to the clipboard

                          When you take a screenshot of the emulator, your only option is to save it to a file. I open paste screenshots in chat and email, and it's a few extra steps to save to a file, open file, copy.

                          12 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Open Source the emulator

                            Can you please open source this great product?

                            We should be able to help you make it better in many ways. There a number of issues that really are important to some of us, but without going thru hoops, they can' be fixed

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add new versions of Android promptly

                              Android 6 took a while to be supported and Android 7 is going the same way.

                              9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Adding a shortcut for switching soft and hard keyboard

                                I suggest adding a shortcut keyboard for toggling between the soft keyboard and the hard keyboard.

                                7 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add VS Emulator as debug target to Website and Web Application projects

                                    I was disappointed to see that VS Emulator for Android is only configured to show up as debug target in VS2015 for mobile app projects.

                                    Google has started ranking web sites on their mobile-friendliness this year. This means that those of us who design public web sites using Visual Studio website or web app project type have to test those on mobile devices. I am able to launch a website on Windows Phone, but that opens IE and things don't look the same as in Android's default browser.

                                    I simply want to open a legacy website project, hit F5, have…

                                    5 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow WebView to be updated through PlayStore

                                      Actually it is possible to install PlayService/Store and then download the updated webview. But installed apps does not pick up the updated webview, but they stick to the embedded one.

                                      It will be very useful to test webapps against the real world available webview.

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Auto-rotate on orientation change

                                        Now we can rotate emulator with buttons in the menu. Sometimes app supports only one orientation and it would be more convenient if emulator rotated by itself when orientation in the app changes from portrait to lanscape or vice versa. We can see such situation when whole app is in portrait mode and only one or a few pages force landscape mode, for example when we play full screen video or display full screen chart. It would be good to have auto-rotate as an option for such situations.
                                        Genymotion Emulator has this feature and it's very useful.

                                        3 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide on screen keyboard

                                          On screen keyboard is necessary to test, as it affects layout changes and it allows "Go", "Next" button functionality and it is also easy to test and emulate keyboard suggestions. Currently there is no way to test Keyboard functionalities, sometimes we need to hide/show keyboard on certain events, no way to test that.

                                          3 votes
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