Dec 06 AT 1:52 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

How to install the Android SDK and play with Android 2.3 right now in the emulator

Google just released the Android 2.3 SDK, but the new operating system will not be available until December 16th when the Nexus S goes on sale or the next few weeks when it hits the Nexus One.

We know how eager everyone has been to get their hands on Android 2.3, so we have decided to write up instructions so that anyone may download and install the SDK, then create and run an emulator instance. Full guide after the jump.These instructions were intended for installing the Android 2.0 SDK, but they work just the same for Android 2.3.

Note, the emulator is not intended to duplicate any particular device, so treat this more as a look at some of the core new features of Android 2.3 than an emulation of any current or future device. Also, things that require hardware features are not available in the emulator. No multi-touch in here guys (unless you manage to get two mice to work?).

Enough of the talk, let’s get down to business.

1)      Download appropriate file for your system from

2)      Extract to desired location

3)      Run “SDK Setup.exe” (or the equivalent for your system)

Launch sdksetup.ext

Launch sdksetup.ext

a.       If you receive an error message stating “Failed to fetch url…” then you will have to force the Setup program to use http in lieu of https.

Got this error? Follow the steps.

Got this error? Follow the steps.

i.      Close the “Refresh Sources” window

ii.      Cancel the “Choose Packages to Install” window

iii.      Select “Settings” from the left side of the “Android SDK and AVD Manager” window

iv.      Check the box labeled “Force https://… sources to be fetched using http://…”

v.      Click “Save and Apply”

vi.      Close and restart the SDK Setup program

4)      Choose the packages that you wish install

Select only the packages you need.

Select only the packages you need.

a.       If you are only interested in trying out the Android 2.0 Emulator

i.      Reject everything except “SDK Platform Android 2.3. API 9, revision 1” by selecting each item then selecting the Reject option

b.      If you plan to develop Android applications and Games, you may wish to Accept All

c.       Click “Install Selected”

5)      Allow the selected packages to download and install then close the “Installing Archives” window

6)      Create a new Android Virtual Device (AVD)

These are the settings to emulate the Moto Droid.

These are the settings to emulate the Moto Droid.

a.       Select “Virtual Devices” from the left side of the “Android SDK and AVD Manager” window

i.      Click “New”

ii.      Enter a Name

iii.      Choose a Target – Android 2.3

iv.      Enter a size for the emulated SD Card

v.      Choose a Skin

1.      To emulate current hardware such as the G1, MyTouch 3G, Hero, etc…

a.       Leave the default value

2.      To emulate the Motorola Droid

a.       Choose WVGA 854

3.      To emulate other devices

a.       Choose anything else

vi.      Click “Create AVD”

7)      Start your newly created Virtual Device

A successfully created AVD.

A successfully created AVD.

a.       Choose the Virtual Device from the list

b.      Click “Start…”

c.       Click “Launch”

Just click launch.

Just click launch.

8)      Allow copious time for Emulator to start up

First startup will take a few minutes.

First startup will take a few minutes.

9)      Enjoy!

Android 2.0

Android 2.0

Thanks to Justin Shapcott for his original instructions.

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  • http://Website Steffen

    If you use Eclipse to develop make sure you update ADT.

  • http://Website AC

    “or the next few weeks when it hits the Nexus S.” — I’m sure you mean Nexus One

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  • http://Website Jampac

    I have a nexus one and I’m sure it will arrive for us by Christmas, google wants the fanatics to have at least a week to say they have the newest version then everyone else gets the update. Guess I can wait until then

  • pixeladdikt

    guyz – i jumped in & made a 12mins video that i sped up to output a quick 3mins visual overview of the 2.3 gingerbread features – thought i’d share – don’t mind the soundtrack – had to add something bangin’ – lol – cool enjoy – – #mobicartel

  • http://Website Spark666

    Nice video Pixeladdikt.tnx:)

  • http://Website Aaron

    @AC, no he means the Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung

  • http://Website anonymous

    I got all the way to step 5 but there is a problem on my installation. I’ve downloaded everything but the platform. The download goes smoothly but the installation goes up to 9% and stops. No error message but I had it sit on 9% for abtou 5 hours one time. I have Windows Xp. Any help?


    Gonna try this right now!!Hope’ll be amazing!
    By the way, I also read about installation in iphone 3g..great feature!

  • http://Website WMS

    Problem: “error loading preferences”
    Any solution?
    Thank you!

  • http://Website Priyanka

    Mr WMS i think u have not defined the android home location in the Eclipse IDE . Please goto preferences in the eclipse and set the android home location as the android sdk folder

    • chathura

      heh I have some prpblems , r u still see this Priyanka , I need some help plz thanxx

  • http://- ong

    this can install to galaxy S ?

  • http://Website Nanz

    is there any way to make it horizontal? i mean for the screen

  • Jonathan

    The sdk is too slow.

  • http://Website timas

    hey guys
    there is no package on the “choose package to install” window, any help please…
    I’m using Win7 by the way
    thank u

  • http://Website soan

    we can play games in dis emulator ?
    i know we can play in nokia emulator nokia games
    and as it is same or not
    about android games

  • http://Website Allycat

    hey i am having problems, when i get to step 3 (V) i am not getting the option to save and apply
    please help me. i really need to set this up, my phone is running low on internal memory, I need to put most apps on my SD card.


  • rahul

    Application is not open

  • Steewel

    It really works… thank you for the quick info job!

  • swapnil

    i have some .apk format games and apps on my pc. Am i able to open those files by emulator.
    plz help i am searching such things from last one an half month..