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Start Android P virtually under Windows - this is how it works

Verena Ottmann

The new Android version with the code name “Android P” is still only available for download for a few smartphone models. We'll show you how to try Android P on your PC.

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Android P has been available for download as a beta version for some smartphones since June 2018. The beta version files are available on this website - it is already running fairly stable.

However, if you don't have a compatible smartphone, you can easily install Android P on your PC and try out the new functions. To do this, you need a so-called emulator, which is included in the Android Studio development environment.

Minimum requirement: To try it out, we recommend a PC with at least 4 GB of RAM, 2 GB of hard disk space, an Intel processor with the Intel VT-x virtualization function and Windows 7, 8 or 10 as the operating system (32 or 64 bit). Last but not least, the connected monitor should be able to display a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels or more. Our test PC, for example, consisted of an Intel Core i5-2500 with 3.3 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, 62.2 GB of free hard disk space and a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Pro.

Install Android Studio

Start the installation of Android Studio by double-clicking the exe file. Make sure that the option “Android Virtual Device” (AVD) is activated because it is the basis for the emulator. Carry out the installation completely and let the program start automatically after you have finished ("Finish").

EnlargeThere are various devices to choose from to try out Android P.


If you get the error message “No JVM installation found. Please install a 32 [64] -bit JDK. (…) “, You have to download the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) or the Java Development Kit (JDK) in the required version - 32 or 64 bit - from https://bit.ly/2IWOoxd before starting Android Studio and install. Then under "Computer -> System Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Environment Variables", use the "New ..." button to define a new variable with the name "JAVA_HOME" and enter the path to the Java folder as a value, for example " C: \ Program Files \ Java \ jdk10.0.1 “. Confirm your entries with "OK". Then start Android Studio to complete the installation. You can then use the development environment. When you start Android Studio for the first time, it loads the files you need from the Internet and greets you with a welcome screen.

Configuration of Android Studio: Click on the welcome screen with “Next” and in the next step select “Standard” as “Install Type”. Now you can decide on a color scheme. Once this is done, you will be taken to an overview of the “Settings”, which you can use to specify the software components that you want to install. Leave everything as it is and complete the configuration with “Finish”. Android Studio will now load the files you want. Then click on “Finish” again.

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Create emulation

To try out Android P in the emulator, you first need to create a new project. To do this, select the "Start a new Android Studio project" option on the Android Studio start screen. If you are programming an app with Android Studio, you can enter a name and information for it on the next screen. This is not necessary for the emulation of Android P, so that you can continue navigating with the “Next” or “Finish” buttons until Android Studio finally starts and displays a “Welcome to Android Studio 3.1” with a tip on the software. You may have to click away some messages from your Windows firewall during this process.

EnlargeThe emulator is used by developers to check their apps in advance.


Close the tip screen and click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner. Enter “AVD Manager” in the search box and double-click the search result to start AVD Manager. Use the plus sign to create a "Virtual Device" and choose one of the Pixel devices, such as the Pixel 2 XL, from the selection that now follows. After clicking on “Next” you will be taken to a selection of operating system images. Select the download link for Android P, confirm the license agreement and start the installation with "Next". You have to be patient here, as this can take a few minutes. When the installation is finished, end it with “Finish”, then “Next”. You will now be asked to confirm the selected configuration again. After a short delay, you will see an overview of your virtual device. To try it out, tap the play button on the right in the row.

EnlargeAndroid Studio lets you try a virtual device with one version of the operating system.

Problems and Solutions: After starting the emulation, various error messages can appear. If the message pops up that the VT-x support of your Intel CPU is not activated, restart your computer and go to the BIOS. Activate the VT-x function in the "Security" tab, save your changes and exit the BIOS. Let the computer start up, open Android Studio, then the AVD Manager via the search bar. Now try to start the emulation of Android P again using the play button.

If a second error message indicates that the Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (HAXM) is missing, you can download it here. If a message is displayed during installation that a version of the HAXM is already on your computer, install the newer version anyway. Now the emulation should start without any problems.

Try Android P.

After the first start, the well-known Android sunrise appears on the home screen. There are also three icons for telephony, messages and Chrome. To operate, click on the icons with the mouse. To open the app menu, drag the small horizontal line upwards with the mouse. You will find well-known icons from Google services and more there. If you would like to save your Google account, tap the Google icon. You will receive the message "Sign in to get started" and a corresponding button. Log in with your credentials to go through the usual setup process. Use the PC keyboard for entries. A personalized version of YouTube, your contacts and your calendar are then available to you.

EnlargeIf Android P is running in the emulator, you can operate the app icons with the mouse.

Conclusion

Android Studio or the emulator it contains is a good way to try out new operating system versions such as Android P or to check whether an app runs under it. Of course, not all functions of the operating system can be used.