It is ready for everyone (via Intel)


Anyone who has developed apps on a PC using the Android SDK emulator can tell you that it's a ‘face-palm’ experience. It’s not always practical to develop and test apps on the mobile devices themselves which is what the Android emulator was designed for, but it has its drawbacks. It’s buggy and running speeds vary due to mobile devices and PCs running different hardware and Operating Systems.


To help developer’s alleviate these problems, Intel has recently released their x86 system image for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) to use with the Android emulator. This will give app developers an increase in both speed and performance as long as they’re using an Intel processor with x86 architecture. To get Intel’s x86 image, you need the Android emulator and simply update the SDK manager. It should then show-up under API level 15, happy developing.