How to test and debug your Xamarin.Android app
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last updated: 2017-12
Developing Android applications requires running the application, either on physical hardware or using an emulator or simulator. Using hardware is the best approach, but not always the most practical. In many cases, it can be simpler and more cost effective to simulate/emulate Android hardware using one of the emulators described below.
These articles explain how to use the default emulator that is provided with the Android SDK. This emulator is available for Visual Studio for Windows and Visual Studio for Mac.
This article explains how to debug and test your Xamarin.Android app using the Android emulator that is built into Visual Studio 2015. This emulator is relatively fast, but it does not support custom device profiles. This emulator is a good choice if you are using Visual Studio 2015 and do not need custom device profiles.
Note that the Xamarin Android Player has been deprecated. For more information, see the announcement in this blog post.
This article shows how to configure a physical Android device so that Xamarin.Android application can be deployed to it directly from either Visual Studio or Visual Studio or Mac.
One very common trick developers use to debug their applications is
Console.WriteLine. However, on a mobile platform like Android
there is no console. Android devices provides a log that you will
likely need to utilize while writing apps. This is sometimes referred
to as "logcat" due to the command typed to retrieve it. This article
describes how to use logcat.