As you might know apple recently announced Apple M1 which is the first ARM-based system on a chip designed by Apple. Developers all around the world are suggesting the M1 macs as the best machine for development.
Which had a bad new for android developers as they cannot run android emulator in M1 powered macbooks as android emulator was dependent on Intel. Though apple provided a solution to use rosetta 2 to emulate so that X86 apps can run on ARM instruction set. However with a few limitations.
Rosetta 2 Limitations
Cannot run kernel extensions
Virtual Machine apps that virtualise x86_64 platforms cannot be translated
Here in the second point, VM includes Android Emulator (Android Virtual Device - AVD).
Android Studio IDE
Currently, Android Studio isn’t yet compatible as a native arm binary, which means the entire android studio runs with rosetta 2 translation. However, the performance even on emulation seems better than that on a intel powered pc.
If you try to download and run AVD, you might have encountered the error something like this
Settings up Android Emulator of M1
Head over to AVD manager in android studio.
Create a new virtual device.
Select the device that you want to use and then click next.
In AVD Manager go to the Other Images tab as by default it doesn’t show the ARM64 images.
There you should find images with ABI as arm64. Choose a OS version and download one of those.
Once the image downloading is complete click next. That’s all your android virtual device is created.
You should be able to see it live on the avd selection pannel in android studio.
Hope this short guide helped you. If you face any kind of issues feel free to comment down below. I’ll be happy to help.