Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:45 UTC
Google "The Android emulator is a key tool for Android developers in building and testing their apps. As the power and diversity of Android devices has grown quickly, it's been hard for the emulator keep pace. Today we're thrilled to announce several significant improvements to the emulator, including a dramatic performance upgrade and support for a broader range of hardware features, notably sensors and multi-finger input." That sound you're hearing is the collective Android developer base shouting 'about damn time!'.
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Cold boot takes about 20-30 seconds for me now. But that hasn't been an issue in a long time with the addition of snapshots. It's been down to a few seconds for emulator startup after the initial first-boot.

Unfortunately at the moment the snapshot feature and GPU acceleration are mutually exclusive. Hopefully that will be resolved soon.

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