Are you still waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive on your device? Or maybe you already have it but don't think that a relatively small smartphone or tablet screen does it justice? If you're in either of these situations, then getting a Lollipop emulator on your PC could be appealing. Here we'll show you how to do it.
You may be familiar with an Android app emulator like Bluestacks, but this emulator goes one step further by letting you run the whole Android operating system on your desktop. Read on to find out how to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your PC.
Install Android SDK (Software Development Kit)
- Download Android SDK for your computer - as either a .exe or .zip file - and install it (you need to have the Java Development Kit installed on your PC for the installation to go ahead).
- Open SDK Manager. The only boxes you need to have ticked in the Packages window are Android SDK Platform-tools under Tools and Android 5.0.1 (API 21).
- Next, click Install packages, then accept and confirm the installation.
Create an Android Lollipop emulator
- Once you've installed these packages, go to the directory where you install Android SDK and open AVD Manager.
- In AVD Manager, click Create, then Insert the following:
- AVD Name: the name of the emulator, do not use spaces (example: LollipopEmulator)
- Device: Choose which Google device you want to emulate - we recommend the Nexus 5.
- Target : the version of Android to be installed. This will vary depending on which version of Android is out when you read this. At the time of writing, Android 5.1.1 was available to install in the SDK, but didn't work when we tried emulating it, so we stuck with Android 5.0.1, which worked for us.
- CPU: select "ARM"
- Skin : select "Skin with dynamic hardware controls"
- RAM: Again, this depends on the amount of RAM your PC has, but we think 1024 amount of RAM to use so both the emulator and your PC run smoothly.
- Leave the other items with default values and click OK.
- You've now added your emulator to the AVD Manager. Select it, click Start then Launch to run it. The first startup may take several minutes, as it will install Android Lollipop. To select a size, go into the the Launch Options after Start, select ''Scale to display real size'' and set your preferred size.
Congratulations, you’ve now successfully installed your first PC emulator with Android Lollipop. Now you can immerse yourself into Material Design and comb through each new option brought by this fantastic update!
Have you tried emulating Lollipop on your PC yet? Which versions and which devices have you successfully emulated? We want to know!