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I am using the emulators (AVD) by Google to run an application which contains a Google Map Activity? On a real device I can use two fingers to tilt the map and see 3d buildings in certain zoom levels - as shown in the screenshot.

GoogleMaps screenshot

How can I tilt the map on a virtual device when all have are the input devices of my computer (keyboards, mouse)?

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the only thing I've found on normal emulators (AVD) is to use hardware emulation: http://tools.android.com/tips/hardware-emulation

But I've never tried it. Honestly I prefer to use Genymotion devices which allows you to interact with just CTRL, ALT, SHIFT and mouse, no pain!

  • Thank you for the advice. However, the emulator crashes immediately when I enabled port forwarding from the device before. - Related post. – JJD Mar 10 '16 at 19:37
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Thanks to Nicola's hint I searched for SDKController in Google's bug tracker. There I found a recent (Jan 28, 2016) and helpful comment:

Specifically, a pinch/rotate gesture was added in Emulator release 25.0.4 preview 5 - hold Alt to bring up the interface.

Then I tried the Alt and the right mouse button ... and it works!

Tilt gesture on emulator

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