Visual Studio Emulator for Android Release Notes

This post will be updated each release of the Visual Studio Emulator for Android as a changelog and complete listing of new features.

Release Notes

April 2016
Version 1.0.60404.1

Includes:

  • Bug fixes

January 2016
Version 1.0.60106.1

Includes:

  • Bug fixes

November 2015
Version 1.0.51106.3

Includes:

  • Marshmallow (API 23) platform support
  • Better non-English keyboard support – when possible, the emulator will auto-detect the Windows keyboard layout and match it to an Android keyboard/language.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements
Known issues:
  • There is a bug that requires that the EN-US keyboard is installed in Windows (or else the keyboard won’t work). As a temporary workaround, you can install the EN-US keyboard. In Control Panel, go to “All Control Panel Items” then “Language” and click “Add a language.” Then add “English (United States).” It does not have to be selected as the current keyboard layout, it just has to be installed. The team is working on a fix.

September 2015
Version 1.0.50925.2

Includes:

  • Network simulation
  • Improved screenshot functionality
  • [unsupported] Bug fixes for nested virtualization

You can learn more about this release here.

August 2015
Version 1.0.50820.1

Includes:

  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

July 2015 (RTM)
Version 1.0.50715.4

Available with Visual Studio 2015 RTM. Also now available as a standalone download. Includes:

  • Lollipop 5.1 (API 22) platform support
  • JellyBean 4.2 (API 17) platform support
  • Command line interface
  • Drag-and-drop zip libraries
  • SD Card simulation
  • Acquirable without Visual Studio 2015
  • Licensing/Sign In

You can learn more about this release here.

April 2015 (RC)
Version 1.0.50429.1

Available with Visual Studio 2015 RC. Includes:

  • Device profiles managed via new Emulator Manager
  • WiFi simulation

You can learn more about this release here.

February 2015 (CTP 6)
Version 1.0.50213.1

Available with Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6. Includes:

  • Lollipop (API 21) platform support – phone and tablet configurations
  • OpenGL ES support
  • Multi-touch support
  • Camera simulation

You can learn more about this release here.

December 2014 (CTP 5)
Version 1.0.41202.1

Available with Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5. Includes:

  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

November 2014 (Preview)
Version 1.0.41108.1

This is the first release of the Visual Studio Emulator for Android, available with the Preview of Visual Studio 2015. It includes:

  • Debugging from Visual Studio Cross-Platform Mobile project types
  • KitKat (API 19) platform support  – phone and tablet configurations
  • Zoom (including pixel-perfect at 100%)
  • Rotation
  • Network info
  • Location (GPS) simulation
  • Accelerometer simulation
  • Power/Battery simulation
  • Screenshot capture
  • Drag-and-drop install of APKs and files
  • Audio playback
  • Keyboard input
  • Mouse input

Other Resources

Here are some other helpful posts on the Visual Studio Emulator for Android: