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Android SDK updated, emulator now natively supports x86

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Google updated its software development kit (SDK) to revision 17 today, bringing a few new features and plenty of bug fixes. While developers would do well to check the source link for the full changelog, what's most exciting here for Android enthusiasts is that the emulator now has native support for x86 on Windows and OS X.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Bootloader
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Bootloader

Google updated its software development kit (SDK) to revision 17 today, bringing a few new features and plenty of bug fixes. While developers would do well to check the source link for the full changelog, what's most exciting here for Android enthusiasts is that x86 is now supported natively in the emulator on Windows and OS X. If you've ever used the Android emulator on a computer, you'll likely know well that it was painful to use — and very slow. Google says that the emulator now runs at "near native speed," thanks to contributions from Intel. The emulator now has "experimental" support for multitouch input from a tethered Android device as well, which should help developers test out their software more realistically on their computers. The update to revision 17 is available now from the source link below.