New Android Emulator for Auto Developers

Posted 9/1/2015 12:02:10 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

New Android Emulator for Auto Developers
Google is releasing the Desktop Head Unit (DHU), a new testing tool for Android Auto developers. The DHU enables a developer’s workstation to act as an Android Auto head unit that emulates the in-car experience for testing purposes. 

Once a developer has installed the DHU, they can test Android Auto apps by connecting a phone and workstation via USB. The phone will behave as if it’s connected to a car and the app is displayed on the workstation, the same as it’s displayed on a car.

This allows Android developers to test pre-released versions of an app in a production-like environment, without having to work from a car. With the release of the DHU, the previous Android auto simulators are deprecated, but will be supported for a short period prior to being officially removed.

Developers will need an Android phone running Lollipop or higher, with the Android Auto companion app installed.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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