ICS is the latest version of Android, and for those who don;t have an ICS powered Android device or for people who would like to check out Android in their local system (Windows Machine), setting an emulator in Android SDK is the best way to run the Ice Cream Sandwich as it helps you in exploring the features of the Android 4.0.
How To Install & Run Android 4.0 (ICS) on Local PC?
- In order to run the Android OS, first you need to install Android SDK in your machine just follow these tutorials for installation & setup of Android SDK.
- After installing the SDK, open the SDK application which will search for the updates as applicable and fetches all the SDK packages that are available for Android.
- You will notice “Android 4.0 (API14)” in the fetched packages, just select it and select “Android SDK Platfrom-tool” under ‘Tools’ (refer the screenshot below) and click on ‘Install Packages’.
- After you click on Install Packages, a pop-up will then be prompted which asks you confirm the selections and to accept the license terms, just go through them (recommended) and click on ‘Install’ to go ahead.
- Wait for few moments for downloading the stuff from Internet and to complete the setup, once everything was set, just click on Tools in the menu bar and click on ‘AVD Manager’ (Android Virtual Device Manager) in the drop down, and in AVD Manager click on ‘New’ in order to create a new virtual device for running Android 4.0 (ICS).
- Enter “Android ICS” (optional) in name field and select “Android 4.0 – API Level 14″ from drop down for Target and for the rest follow the setup as selected in the screenshot below and click on ‘Create AVD’.
- A pop-up will then be prompted, just click on “OK”, which will create the virtual device that runs Android ICS.
- Post the setup, just select the virtual device which you have created now and click on “Start” and click on “Launch” in the followed window.
- The pre-booting will start for running Android ICS which will take around 5 minutes of time (for the first time) and once everything gets loaded, Android 4.0 will be loaded and running in the Emulator resulting the welcome Screen.
Now you can start using the Android ICS in the emulator, in case if you stuck with some issues while setting up the Emulator do let us know about the same, we will be glad to discuss your issues and help you in going ahead with the installation.