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Genymotion, a fast, cross-platform Android emulator that comes with pre-configured Android (x86 with OpenGL hardware acceleration) images, has been updated recently, getting new features such as multi-touch gestures as well as many bug fixes.

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Pre-configured virtual devices available with Genymotion: Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1.1 and 4.2.2, Nexus 7 with Android 4.1.1 and 4.2.2, Galaxy S4 / HTC One / Xperia Z with Android 4.2.2, Nexus One and Nexus S with Android 4.2.2 or 4.1.1 as well as some generic images for WXGA 10.1'' tablets and WSVGA 7.0'' tablets with both Android 4.1.1 and 4.2.2.

Also, since our previous article, a preview WXGA 10.1'' image with Android 4.3 has been added.

Changes in the latest Genymotion 1.2.1:
  • multi-touch gestures (you can now use zoom gestures using mouse events):
    • Right click + Move left: Zoom in;
    • Right click + Move right: Zoom out;
    • Right click + Move up: Tilt forth;
    • Right click + Move down: Tilt back;
    • Shift + Right click + Move left: Rotate Left;
    • Shift + Right click + Move right: Rotate Right.
  • Genymotion can now detect if a new version is available. When new versions are released, a notification is displayed;
  • you can now activate the virtual keyboard in the virtual device settings;
  • if it cannot use CPU virtualization option to launch a multi-CPU virtual device, then Genymotion will force number of CPUs to 1 to make it work anyway;
  • fixed paid app installation not working on Android 4.2 due to internal storage;
  • latest version of Google Maps does not crash any more with Genymotion;
  • improved precision on GPS widget fields to use 10 digits, especially when working with latitudes greater than 100°;
  • proxy settings are now applied globally and features such as GPS widget will run through an HTTP proxy.

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Note: If you're upgrading from Genymotion 1.1.0, you must delete the old virtual devices and create new ones to be able to take advantage of the newly added features and bug fixes. Old virtual devices will continue to work, but without these new features / fixes.

Download Genymotion for Linux, Windows or Mac (you need to sign up for a free account to be able to download it)

For more info as well as Linux installation instructions, see our previous article about Genymotion.