Google has released an emulator that allows Android applications to be used on Apple’s new M1 Macs. The technology is not compatible with Apple computers using an Intel processor.
Google’s emulator has been presented by the Internet giant. This emulator makes it possible to run Android apps on the latest Mac generations, including Mac Mini, Macbook Pro 13-inch Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro 13-inch Macbook Air. Apple’s new System on a Chip (SoC M1) based on ARM is the decisive factor. The emulator won’t work with Apple devices still running Intel CPUs.
Emulation software allows Android apps that are ARM64-based to run on a Mac. The native hardware virtualization via Qemu of the M1 chips is used in this way, similar to virtualizing Microsoft’s Windows operating systems on Apple’s M1 phones. Google says that the presentation is a preview of the emulator.
The long list of problems and limitations that this causes is clear. ARM32 apps cannot be used. Additionally, the preview version does not have sound and is non-functional webview. There are also no video codecs, graphic errors in Vulkan applications, and a lack thereof. Developers should be able to run basic tests with this preview version and assess whether the app works properly or if there are any problems during virtualization.
Google states that programmers can launch the emulator directly from Android Studio if they use the Android Studio in-house Android development tool. The US company also promises that it will provide updates and bug fixes within a reasonable time.