Android Emulator with up to date GooglePlay Services

I am using Latest Xamarin Stable, installed on macOS 10.12 (Sierra).
I am trying to upload a Android apk on a emulator, run it, and make some screenshots through screengrab.

The problem is that the Google Play services are not up to date and therefore the app cannot use Google maps and other services.

Is there a solution for this?
Can I somehow put a emulator with a newer version of Android (24) and updated Google play services.


Hi @tudorlazarean,

Absolutely! You can create and use any Android ARM emulator. You can find an example on our DevCenter about how you can create an emulator with Google APIs at:

If you have any questions, just let us know!

Hi @tudorlazarean,

You can use Create Android emulator step to create an android emulator.

  • use platform input to specify the desired sdk version
  • use tag input to specify the sys-img tag (set to google_apis)

The step will install every missing sdk component to create the desired emulator.

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Awesome, thanks @godreikrisztian! :wink: