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Android Studio Hardware Requirements

 
Frank Daly
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Hi,

I'm following an online Android Development course which recommends an 8GB machine to develop apps using Android Studio. Do you agree that this is what's required? if so, would you recommend any laptops with 8GB of memory?

Thanks,

Frank
 
Joel Murach
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Hi Frank,

Yes, Android development with Android Studio is slow and requires a lot of system resources. If you use an actual Android device (such as a phone or tablet) instead of an emulator to test your apps, I think you can get away with 4GB of RAM. However, running an emulator really bogs down most systems (even if you have 8 GB RAM). My book gives some suggestions on how to minimize this, but unless
you have a very powerful computer, Android development with Android Studio requires quite a bit of patience. For the record, I did all the testing for my book with only 6 GB RAM, and things went slow but fast enough when I was testing on a physical device and not using an emulator.

I don't have any recommendation on a PC. I just ordered a Dell Latitude that has 8 GB RAM, and I generally like Dell laptops, but you'll have to decide exactly what you want for yourself.

I hope this helps. Thanks!
 
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Many thanks Joel, that's great. I don't intend using the emulator so 8GB should be enough.

Best of luck with your book!

Frank
 
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You're welcome. Best of luck with your Android programming!
 
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