Interfacing physical OTG devices to Genymotion Android VM

Using a virtual Android device does NOT mean you can’t interface real devices to it.

In this example I will show how to configure a Genymotion Android VM to interface to an ANT+ usb dongle and receive Heart rate information from an ANT+ enabled heart rate monitor

The key to interfacing USB devices to a Genymotion Android VM is to be familiar with the USB device filters of the Oracle Virtual Box Product which is the host for the Genymotion VM

Open Virtual Box, Highlight the target VM and Select Settings

Select USB

Select USB and make sure USB Controller is enabled. You will see a list of detected devices in the Device Filter Dialog, Select the Device you wish the virtual machine to have access to.

The usb filter works by matching various parameters such as vendor ID, Product ID and Serial number.

This can be seen by editing the Filter as follows

The filter will list the parameters that need to be matched to connect the device. The trick is to use as few parameters as possible as the filter can be buggy!

 

Once the filter is enabled, fire up the Genymotion machine, THEN plug in the device

I use the “USB device info” App installed on the VM to check the status of the USB device

AS you can see the device is seen by the Genymotion VM and can be used with the appropriate App

Have fun using your emulator as USB enabled device.

One thought on “Interfacing physical OTG devices to Genymotion Android VM

  1. Interesting approach. But this seemes to be restricted to apps that can be run with x86 CPU due to the way GenyMotion emulates.

    Do you have an idea how to mirror USB port of the host PC into an emulator that emulates android on an Arm CPU (like that of the ADK or e.g. BlueStacks)?

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