Important news concerning future releases of Genymotion
A major update of Genymotion is coming next month, with exciting new features along with the commercial version. We really are impatient to show them to all of you! With this new release, there will be an important change concerning the contents of the Genymotion virtual devices.
Both the “Google apps” and the “ARM library support” features will be removed.
Concerning “ARM library support”, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem for you developers, as there will be absolutely no impact if you use the Java SDK. As for the NDK, it is straightforward to enable x86 compilation for your native code. You need to add the “x86” platform to the APP_ABI entry of the Application.mk file. (for ex: APP_ABI := armeabi armeabi-v7a x86 mips)
There are now a lot of good x86 devices in the wild, and this is a good opportunity to embrace this new platform, and add x86 compatibility to your app if you haven’t done it yet.
For the “Google apps”, we are still trying to work with Google to add them back. If you decide to add the needed package by yourself, it will be at your own risk and responsibility and we will not be liable for it.
This new release will include a “drag&drop” feature which will allow you to drag&drop an APK or a ZIP file to the Genymotion window:
- APK files will be installed and, if possible, automatically started,
- ZIP files, if they are detected as system updates or system patches, will be automatically deployed in your Genymotion virtual device.
We’re looking forward to show you theses exciting new features during the upcoming Devoxx (Antwerp, Belgium, Nov. 11-15) and Andevcon (San Francisco, USA, Nov 12-15). Hoping to meet you there!