If you’re a symbian freak like me or an iOS addict who’s wondering what the noise about Android is all about and curious to have a real Android experience without buying a new device, you should find this post interesting. Similarly, if yor Android device is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, you might want to know what Android 4.03 looks like before upgrading your device.
You can emulate Android OS on your Windows PC without being a geek or something, it’s very easy if you follow the guide on this post closely. I wrote a post earlier on how to run android applications on Windows but this is totally different from that. You’re emulating Android OS on your computer, this means you’re creating a virtual Android phone! Sounds interesting, huh?
You’ll need to first download these softwares:
1. Java Development Kit (JDK) – select the one compatible with your OS.
2. Android SDK – I used the installer version.
- Install JDK and also Android SDK. To avoid having issues, you should install the Android SDK to C:\ instead of C:\Program Files especially for Windows 7 and Vista users.
- From the list shown, select the version of Android you want to have installed. You can, of course, have more than one version but let’s start with Android 4.0.3 Honeycomb
- After the download is complete, you’re now ready to create your AVD (Android Virtual Device)
- Go to your installation directory and start AVD Manager. Create your Android Vitual Device as shown below:
- Now start your Android OS and get the Android experience live on your PC!
This may be displayed for three or more minutes, just wait till the display changes and you can now access the menu like you would on a normal Android phone. This is what the first screen looks like:
I wasn’t able to install any application from the android market though because I have no Android device associated with my google account but you can still try anyway. It sucks in certain ways because it’s kind of slow on my HP 625 notebook.