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Higher resolution emulators for Android 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 7.0

For 5.0 and above SauceLabs only offers the Android Emulator.


It would be nice if SauceLabs also offers 5.0 on other devices, like Nexus 5 or 6 or Moto X or similar.


Basically the size of the Android Emulator is small compared to current devices like Nexus 5 or the other current ones. That means the at least our App does not look like our real clients see, and our App is designed with those type of devices in mind.



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  • Doug Jensen commented
    June 26, 2015 14:36

    I agree, most everyone should be testing on 5.x now, having about 15% of the market. I would think based on 4.x. within a year or two 5.x would hit 50% adoption. But the Sauce Emulators represent something that would be used for 2.x testing, with a resolution 400x800.

  • Bryce Bird commented
    June 26, 2015 15:27

    Agreed. We need to have support for this. The current emulators seem outdate and they need to be practical for the common user.

  • Arjan Blok commented
    July 02, 2015 11:16

    Please add some AVD's for tablets as well.

  • Jack Whitney commented
    July 27, 2015 17:39

    The Sauce Labs emulator configurations vary on a few different parameters: physical screen size, screen resolution, and memory (RAM) size. The default android emulator is configured with 512 MB. We currently run our tests with 4.4 using Samsung Galaxy S4 Emulator, which is configured with 1900 MB. We would like to run our tests against 5.0 at Sauce Labs, but are unable to do so, because 512 MB is not enough memory.


  • Jack Moxon commented
    August 18, 2015 21:51

    Thanks, all. We are evaluating this as we speak. Are there specific emulators that you would like to see contain 5.x apart from those listed below? 

    • Samsung Galaxy S4
    • Nexus 7 
    • Nexus 7C 
    • Nexus 4
  • Chirag Kalyanpur commented
    August 19, 2015 02:14

    It will be great to have a nexus 9 and other tablets of sizes 7' to 10'  apart from the list of phones you have specified.

  • Guest commented
    September 03, 2015 21:24

    Hi SauceLabs team? Any update on this? The need of running our tests in 5.X devices (with bigger screen resolution and bigger memory size) is increasing

    Right now 49% of our user base is on 5.X

  • Guest commented
    October 01, 2015 16:10

    Hi SauceLabs, 

    The limitation of 512Mb is becoming a blocking issue for us.

    Do you have any plans to bump up the RAM of the emulators?


  • Jack Moxon commented
    October 01, 2015 18:10

    Thanks all for your patience on this. This is currently on the roadmap. We are working on estimates.

  • Jack Moxon commented
    October 01, 2015 18:23

    Would providing a samsung Galaxy S5 emulator with Android 5.0 satisfy some of this request? 

  • Guest commented
    October 01, 2015 18:29

    It would be a good first step, still if the emulator RAM is not 2Gb (or whatever that phone usually has) it will still make our app (and as I can see many apps of the people that replied here) very slugish. Right now the tests locally take 4 or 5 minutes, but in SLabs they can take up to 20 minutes since the JVM is always doing GC.

  • Jack Whitney commented
    October 01, 2015 20:02

    We would be satisfied with Galaxy S5, as long as it is configured with enough memory. We currently run with Galaxy S4, which is configured with 1900 MB, so I would expect the S5 to have that much memory or more.

  • Jack Moxon commented
    October 01, 2015 21:12

    Thanks, Jack and Fernando. We are evaluating and hope to have something working this quarter. 

  • Arjan Blok commented
    October 01, 2015 21:23

    Testing on android is useless if there isn't at least a phone AND a tablet available with the latest android major versions.

    But would it not be possible to create a service that would let you configure AVD's on the fly? Basically the same as you guys do with the VM's that run the desktop browsers?

  • Bryan Lester commented
    October 26, 2015 18:25

    Any update on this?  We're seeing a lot of crashes in our app that are android 5.0 related, and want to get them covered in sauce.  The low RAM / heap size of the 'Android Emulator' configuration is blocking us.  Just like others mentioned, we're not too picky about the actual device as long as it has realistic RAM / head allocations.

  • Chiarng Lin commented
    December 17, 2015 22:48

    Hi everyone. I'm the new product manager for mobile at Sauce. I want to reassure everyone that we do intend to add the latest versions of Android on the other devices, and it is on our roadmap. I do not yet have a timeline for you at the moment. Thank you for your patience!

  • Bryan Lester commented
    December 18, 2015 00:34

    Something that could satisfy this in the near term is bumping heap size / ram to useful levels on the Android Emulator, which does have 5.0 support.  Is there a reason that is set so small?

  • Jack Whitney commented
    January 06, 2016 20:24

    We are also blocked by the low RAM / heap size of the 'Android Emulator' configuration. Much of the world has moved past 4.4 and yet we can't run tests at Sauce Labs on 5.0. Bumping heap size / ram to useful levels on the Android Emulator, which does have 5.0 support, would work for us.

  • Bryan Lester commented
    January 21, 2016 21:06

    Is there any update on the timeline for this, or fixing the head / memory sizes on the Android emulator?  We now have nearly 50% of our users on 5.0+, compared to only 25% of our users that are on 4.4.  If this isn't addressed soon we're going to need to look at other options for mobile testing than Sauce Labs, since it can only cover a minority of our users.

  • Fernando Martin commented
    January 29, 2016 19:52

    Any update on this? This is starting to be a blocker issue for us

  • Jeff Benton commented
    March 25, 2016 15:15

    This page lists the currently available devices for android 5.0 and 5.1

    The default android device according to this page and the comments below is a 480 x 800 device with 500M of memory.

    This is not representative our actual customers. A significant number of our customers are running on Samsung devices.

    Android 5.0 has been out for almost 18 months. How or when can we get better android emulator device options?


    P.S. We tried the real device beta program and it did not work for us.  Too many network connectivity issues resulting in false failures.

  • G D commented
    April 06, 2016 00:27

    We definitely need better Android Emulator options with regards to screen size and resolution. The current offering by Sauce Labs does not represent the current real-world view of our customers' devices. 

  • Satyajit Malugu commented
    April 07, 2016 16:15

    The emulator support on sauce labs need has to improve. Other than Samsung s4 and Nexus 5 emulators none of the others seems to even boot

  • Chiarng Lin commented
    April 07, 2016 18:28

    Hi Everyone, 

    We're keenly aware that our emulators do not reflect the Android device specs in the wild today, and we're working hard to resolve the infrastructural blockers that are stopping us from rolling out emulators at higher resolution and RAM. For now, Android 5.0/5.1 are available via the default Android Emulator device. It recently underwent a heap size upgrade to 64MB and a RAM upgrade to 1.8GB. They exist in both Google API versions as well as non-Google API versions. 



  • shailesh kadam commented
    July 26, 2016 10:47

    ETA for Android 6 ?

  • Brian Watson commented
    September 04, 2016 16:13

    PLEASE, get to this one soon!  This request is over a year old now and I too need to be added to this list.  What we really need for an Android image is either increase the resolution of the (Android GoogleAPI Emulator Android 5.0) image, or add another virtual device image that has both the GoogleAPI and Android 5.x on it for both a phone AND a tablet.

  • Bharadwaj commented
    September 21, 2016 12:34

    Hi Team,
    In platform configurator only two emulators for android version 5.0 and one emulator for android version 5.1 is available.Please add more emulators .

  • Miquel OC commented
    December 01, 2016 04:07

    It doesn't look they plan to fix this in the short term. I solved my screen size issues trying another simulator described in their wiki. It's kind of old, but it does the work:


    DesiredCapabilities caps =;
    caps.setCapability("platform", "Linux");
    caps.setCapability("version", "4.4");
    caps.setCapability("deviceName","Samsung Galaxy S3 Emulator");
    caps.setCapability("deviceOrientation", "portrait");
  • Srinivas R commented
    October 02, 2017 17:42

    Hi Team,

    Do we have any time line on this.. We still don't have 10' tablet emulators available in sauce labs


  • Chandra Yalangi commented
    March 09, 2018 01:19

    Dear Sauce users,

    We are very excited to announce that the following high resolution emulators are available for beta testing. Please email me at if you would like to try out the new emulators.

    • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, 9.7"
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10, 10.1"
    • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    • Samsung Galaxy S8
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
    • Samsung Galaxy S7
    • Samsung Galaxy S6
    • Google Pixel
    • Google Pixel C

    Beta test program will end on March 30, 2018. 

    Thank you,

    Chandra Yalangi