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As you may or may not be aware of, if you're using motodev to develop Android on Eclipse you can actually have the emulator window integrated seamlessly with the developing environment and I was wondering if there is any way of replicating this without the need of installing all the extra things that motodev comes with.

Not that I have anything against them, I'm just wondering :)

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Why would you even use the emulator? It's terrible. Just use a VM with adb. –  Shiki Sep 23 '12 at 23:07
    
@Shiki Could you please elaborate? a VM (to me it's virtual machine), I fail to understand you :) –  Juan Sep 23 '12 at 23:22
    
Please explain: Do you want (1) the existing stand-alone emulator or (2) a virtual image or (3) a slimmed-down motodev. –  harrymc Sep 24 '12 at 5:48
    
The second from Harry's links. I always use VirtualBox + an x86 image. I know it's not the native image, but as far as the app goes, it's much faster, and I can roll out my changes in every second. And in the end when it's in shape, I can just fire up the Android VM and check if everything is OK. –  Shiki Sep 24 '12 at 8:51
    
I wanted an emulator that fitted inside the eclipse window as per the screenshot, but now I'm all confused about the virtual machine. Would that also allow me to have multiple devices with different versions? Where have I been hiding all this time? –  Juan Sep 24 '12 at 9:25

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No, I'm afraid it's not possible to integrate the emulator into Eclipse. The reason for this, is that the emulator included in the Android SDK is actually a separate binary built specifically for your platform.

The DDMS integration into Eclipse does show screenshots of a device, but presently that is only available through a separate window (from the Devices tab). Refreshing only happens manually, and is very slow. (Worse yet, it runs on the UI thread.)

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