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Creating an Android Virtual Device

To send push notifications from Amazon Pinpoint to an Android app, you must install the app on an Android device. For testing purposes, you can use a virtual device. This topic describes how to create a virtual device in Android Studio. If you have a physical Android device and know how to install apps onto it using Android Studio, you can skip this step.

This topic helps you create a virtual device of type Nexus 6 phone with Lollipop API Level 22 x86 Android 5.1, but the AWS Mobile Hub quickstart app is not limited to this device. You can use any device that uses Android OS 4.0.3 (IceCreamSandwich) API Level 15 or higher.

To create a virtual device with Android Studio

  1. Open Android Studio.

  2. From the Tools menu, choose Android, and then choose AVD Manager.

  3. On the Your Virtual Devices page, choose Create Virtual Device.

  4. On the Select Hardware page, choose Nexus 6, and then choose Next.

  5. On the System Image page, choose the system image with Release name Lollipop, API Level 22, ABI x86, and Target Android 5.1 (with Google APIs), and then choose Next.

  6. On the Android Virtual Device page, choose Finish.

  7. To enable Android Studio to install an app on the virtual device, go to the Tools menu, choose Android, and then choose Enable ADB Integration.