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Run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on Computer

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Source: PPCG (View expressed here is solely the opinion of the source)

Google has released the final SDK of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and now you can run this tablet specific OS on your Windows PC, Mac OS and Linux. Here is how you can run Honeycomb on computer.

Steps to Run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on PC

- Download the Android SDK (either ZIP or EXE) on Windows PC. You can choose to download for Mac or Linux as well. If you are already having the previous SDK installed on your computer and skip this step.
- Installation of packages – Whether you have just downloaded SDK or have the previous one, now you need to install the available packages which includes Android 3.0 API and other updates related to that and other versions. To do that, go into the “Tools” folder in the downloaded SDK Unzipped folder and click on “android” application. A window will open where you need to select the option “Installed Packages” from the left menu.


- Click on “Update All” button available at the bottom of the window. The new packages including Android 3.0 updates will start to download. It may take time (few hours depending on your Internet connection speed) to complete the download and installation.
- Once the new packages are installed, its time to create a new AVD. To do that, go to the “Virtual Devices” option from the left menu on same screen and click on “New” button.
- It will ask for the name of the AVD and Android version that will want on that. Select the Android version as “Android 3.0 API Level 11” and give SD Card size as 10,000 MB.
- Once the AVD is created, select that AVD name from the list available under “Virtual Devices” and click on “Start” button to start the Android 3.0 stimulator

Done. In next few minutes, you will have Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on your computer. You can explore the features, options and new UI on your computer without purchasing any Android 3.0 tablet. Of course tablet with Honeycomb will be a very different experience because of the touch screen and other UI changes done by companies but this vanilla installation of Honeycomb is also very good.
Here are few snaps that I took while running Android 3.0 Honeycomb on my Windows 7 computer.
Screenshots of Android 3.0 Honeycomb taken on Windows 7 PC

Very first screen after staring the AVD of Android 3.0

First screen of Android 3.0 Honeycomb – having Google Search box

Android 3.0 running – in background you can see Windows 7 desktop

Apps available on Android 3.0 SDK vanilla

Wireless and networks settings page on Honeycomb

About Phone – on Settings page where you can see Android Version as 3.0

Google running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb browser

Internet Techies on Android 3.0 browser

Android 3.0 Screen – Full utilization of tablet’s display real estate

Are you planning to install SDK of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on your computer? In case you are facing any problem, read the documentation available on Android developer section. Enjoy the Honeycomb OS on your Windows, Mac or Linux and come up with some development for this beautiful tablet OS by Google.

The above is more on installing on top of Windows and the follows are steps to install clean Android 3 to your computer:

How to Install Android OS on PC Netbook or Laptop

Recently we heard on some forums installed Android’s Gingerbread on the Nokia’s N900 and now let’s see how you can install Meego on your PC or Net book or even on the Laptop. So, let’s proceed on how you can install the same on your Asus eee PC. It’s not sure but it works on most of the computers. So, before we proceed to the procedure for install the Android OS on your system, you need to download Android x86 and also you need to port your device to the Android x86. So, let’s proceed and see how you can install the latest Eclair 2.0 Android operating system on your Asus ee PC.

How to Install Android OS on your EEE PC?

  • First, you will need to download the bootable Android x86 iso file and need to push the same into your USB storage device either by using Win32DiskImager –  or UNetBootIn
  • Now, you need to insert the USB drive in your net book and set the same to boot from USB drive from the BIOS options and then you need to restart your net book.
  • Now, the installation process will be started and the you can now use the same as the Live USB so that it can run Android without installing on your hard disk.
  • Now, if you choose to install the same, you need to select the partition for installing the same and then format using EXT3 format and then you need to choose the GRUB boot loader.
  • Now, after the installation, you need to reboot your system and will run the Android operating system.

Almost all features and enhancements looks nice as everything works fine but most of the users had complained about the USB disconnection if any big size file is being transferred but apart from that everything else like WiFi, Mouse, Keyboard and other peripheral integration seems like great with a clean and neat overall interface. Please note that this can be used as a backup OS or also can be made as a stand-alone OS. This also comes with an Android Market place which is compatible with the x 86 platforms.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2011 23:15  


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