Ever wanted to run Android applications on your desktop computer? Better said, have you ever thought that it can be possible to run Android applications on your computer? Many things happen in today’s technology world that goes beyond what we think. That’s why there are ways you can try out Android applications on your computer even before spending money on buying the device.
In today’s article, we will show you how to install the Android operating system on your computer. To test drive the Android operating system on your Windows computer, you will need an active Internet speed, because we will be downloading many things during the installation process. Plus, to download applications for the android emulator, you will need internet connection, too.
To run the Android SDK emulator, you will need the Java Development Kit (JDK). Please note that Java Runtime is different than the Java Development Kit. If your computer already has Java installed, you might be wondering why you’d require to install it again. Java Runtime doesn’t work when the Java Development Kit is necessary. For regular computer users, most probably the JDK isn’t installed. Follow this link to download and install JDK. Please choose the correct platform that you are using.
Once Java is installed, you will need an Android SDK, which is the emulator, to run Android on your computer. Please use this link to download the Android SDK.
Procedures before Installing the Emulator
First off, install Java on your computer. The installation should not take too much time.
Now, extract the zipped Android SDK you downloaded right after Java.
Now, run the SDK Setup.exe program to begin installation.
Now, this executable program will contact Google servers to check the available packages.
If you notice an SSL error this time, you can uncheck the force SSL option. You will find it on the window titled Android SDK and AVD Manager that you will find running in the background.
You will then see the package installer with all the available packages. Here, you should disable all the previous/unnecessary versions of Android. Click on the version name and click the radio button “reject”. Just choose the one that you want to test drive. You can, of course, download all of them that are selected, but it will take a long time to download all of them.
Now, Android will begin downloading on your computer.
Once the download is completed, select Virtual Devices from the main window and click New from the right side.
Name your new Android device and choose the version from the drop-down menu.
Now, select the size of SD card. This is where all the Android settings and files will be stored in. For the skin, you can set default (Nexus One).
Click Create AVD when done. The program may stop responding when the creation is in progress. You can sit back and wait until the confirmation window appears.
Now, you are ready to run Android. Choose the one you just created and click start from the right side.
Before the emulator launches, you will see a small box asking you for settings to open in.
On the first run, the emulator may take a little longer to load. But at the end, you will see Android running on your computer.
On the Android screen, you can use your cursor to do things like you do on your computer. However, you will not need to double-click to open applications.
Now, Android is installed on your computer. You can test Android lock screens, change wallpaper, run pre-installed application as well as download new ones. This is a quick and sweet way to test drive Android before you spend money on buying a smartphone that runs on Android.
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