Waiting for an emulator to boot or deploy is one of the most frustrating things about Android development. We built the Xamarin Android Player to provide a high-performance, hassle-free Android simulator, and to make Android development smooth and pleasant.

Introducing Lollipop Support

Starting today, when you launch the Xamarin Android Player you will see a brand new device image for Android 5.1 Lollipop enabling you to test against all of the latest Lollipop APIs with Material Design.

Xamarin Android Player Lollipop

Help us improve

We released our first preview in October of last year and thousands of Xamarin developers have already used it to build and test Android apps. We’ve collected a lot of feedback, and the experience has already improved a lot.

But we’re not done! Our goal is to install the Xamarin Android Player by default with Xamarin, and to replace the stock Google Android emulator with it. And we need your help. Please download the Xamarin Android Player today and give it a try. Report any issues that you find so that we can keep improving.

To learn more about the Xamarin Android Player, be sure to read the full documentation on how to get started.