Here’s a quick tip on how to start your native Android emulator with maps, via the command line. This emulator is the Android Native Emulator that utilizes the X86 architecture but also has Google Maps inside of the emulator as well. It works like a charm and its SUPER fast compared to any other Android emulator experience you’ve probably experienced before.
To speed up the time it takes to start an emulator I do it via the command line with an alias (to skip all the gui interactions, etc). My emulator name is x86_v10.
Add this to your ~/.bash_profile
# Start Native Emulator with name x86_10
alias sne="emulator -partition-size 1024 -no-snapshot-save -avd x86_v10 &"
The next time you need to use this emulator, open your terminal window and type “sne” and hit enter. BAM! The emulator starts up. The ‘&’ symbol at the end of the command runs command in the background to make sure this command does not take up a terminal window.