Since Google has posted early versions of Android N Preview, you dream to try this new version of your favorite mobile system. Alas, you do not have a Nexus available at hand? Why not emulate from your computer and keep your phone away from bugs and other more or less annoying problems.
In recent days, Google offers download version of Android Preview N, a first beta of the next update of the operating system. To try it, it is however necessary to have a Nexus (smartphone, tablet or multimedia box) or Pixel C. Those who do not have any of these devices can still go through the Android SDK order ‘to emulate. Here’s how.
Install the Android SDK
The first step of this manipulation is to install the Android SDK, available on Google’s site for developers in the SDK Tools Only section. Then simply select the link for your operating system (Windows, Mac OS X or Linux) and download the associated package. Unpack the archive obtained (in our case the office to facilitate handling).
Go to the folder created and run SDK Manager if you are using Windows (remember to right click on the icon and “Run as Administrator” to avoid compatibility problems) or android (contained in the record tools) if you are running Mac OS. In the window that opens, select the “Android SDK Tools” and “Android SDK Platform-tools” option in the Tools tab, “Android SDK Platform Preview N” and “Intel x86 Atom_64 System Image” in Android N (APIs 23, N Preview) and finally “Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (install HAXM)” in the Extras folder.
For everything to work properly, it is best to install the hardware accelerator HAXM from the .exe file ou.dmg present in the / android / extras / intel / Hardware_Accelerated_Execution_Manager.
Creating a virtual machine
The next step is to mount the virtual machine from that image. To do this, first start a terminal
Windows: press Windows Key + R and type “cmd”, then confirm
Mac OS X: Press CMD + space and type “terminal” and validate.
Go to the “tools” folder of the SDK through the CD drive, then push the command “android avd” on Windows or “./android avd” Mac OS X. Note that on Windows, a simpler method is to launch AVD Manager, at the root of the SDK.
In the new window that opens, click the Create button … then fill in the boxes first choosing a name for your virtual machine (which we have arbitrarily called eLaptopComputer.comN) and the device model to be emulated, allowing you particularly to choose between smartphone and tablet. Finally, in the “Target” box select “Android N (Preview) – API Level N”. Finally, in the “Skin” box, select “No skin” to adopt the native resolution of the phone, or lower if your computer is not very powerful.
The other boxes should be filled automatically. Note that if you assign too much RAM to your virtual machine, this setting will be reduced to its launch to avoid overloading your computer. Emulator Performance will be reduced proportionally course.
Finally, confirm with the OK button and close the popup that opens.
The virtual machine
After creating a virtual machine, simply click it in the list and press the Start button to launch it …. In the pop-up, just click the Launch button without changing the settings (except possibly Wipe user data that starts with a clean installation).
After a loading time, you can navigate to Android N mouse as if it were a touch screen.
On the side, a bar also controls the smartphone for example by choosing the tilt. In advanced controls (the three dots at the bottom), you will also find options in the Phone tab to simulate a call or an SMS. There you then remains is to have fun on Android N.
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