Install and Run Android 4.0 SDK and Ice Cream Sandwich on PC

Google announced Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, on October 19. Android 4.0 SDK has also been released for developers. 1st smart phone Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available for customers in November 2011.

In this tutorial we will learn how to run Android 4.0 SDK  and Ice Cream Sandwich in an emulator and explore the features of new Google Mobile OS.

See below the step-by-step instructions on how to set up and install the Android 4.0 SDK on your PC.

Step 1 - Download the Android SDK files from: HERE. Select x86 or Windows Version if you are using Microsoft Windows OS.

Step 2 - Extract or install the Android SDK files you just downloaded to any location on your PC.

Step 3 - Now, open the folder where you have extracted the SDK and run the “SDK Manager” application.

Step 4 - The application will load and fetch all the Android SDK packages.

Step 5 - Once the SDK manger complete the loading process, now you can select the packages you want to install. Here, we will be only selecting the “Android 4.0 (API 14)” and “Android SDK Platform-tools” (under Tools).

Step 6 - Now Click on “Install  packages…”. You will be prompted to confirm the packages you have selected for installation.

Step 7 - Then Click on the “Install” button and wait for the all the packages to download from internet and install.

Click Finish and Close the SDK Manager, when all the packages are downloaded and installed on your PC.


Set Up Android 4.0 Emulator

Once you installed Android SDK r14 packages and tools, now its time to set up the Android Emulator so that you can run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on your PC.

Step 8 - Open Android SDK folder and run “AVD Manager”. Click on “New” and create a Virtual Device with details as in the screenshot below.

Step 9 - Click “OK” on the result window.

Step 10 -Select the virtual device you just created from the list and click on “Start”.

Step 11 - No need to change anything in the Launch Options Just Click on the “Launch” button.

Step 12 - The emulator will start after a few Command Prompt windows flicker and then you will see the following screen where your Android device will be booting up. It may take around 5 minutes to boot when loading for the first time.

Step 13 - Once your Android 4.0 loaded in Emulator, you will see the Welcome Screen.


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77 Responses to “Install and Run Android 4.0 SDK and Ice Cream Sandwich on PC”

  1. Jefrey says:

    I can’t open Sdk Manager.WHY..Help me please

  2. SparkX says:

    SDK manager is not opening

  3. RoB says:

    Very helpful site.. Thank you very much..

  4. Chirag Balar says:

    I downloaded the Android development kit.
    but when i run SDK MANAGER.
    it gives error that
    “Failed to execute toolsandroid.bat:, error 2
    The system cannot find the file specified.”

    How can i solve this??
    Please help me…

  5. masud says:

    bullshit………….don’t work.

  6. Imran Butt says:

    Nice Job ………….Both Thumbs UP

  7. Asad says:

    maybe sdk maneger need 2gb ram must if its not work u download bluestacks

  8. Alinutzurx says:

    For those that have problems…they must know that they need to install JRE before executing Android SDK Manager. Good Job Nice aplication!

  9. salman shaikh says:

    admin can i play the android game in full screen if not the Blue stuck is same i want to play in full screen

  10. Uzair says:

    Those people who are having trouble loading AVD manager.exe. Copy the AVD manager and SKD manager from \sdk\tools\lib to sdk folder and then AVD manager loads perfectly. It happened to me.

  11. ali abaas says:

    IT WORKS :-) SDK manager is not opening Then try to re extract then open IT
    does’t work then check you have net framework 4 client profile and java

  12. ismailkhan says:

    sdk manajer is not opning

  13. Aan says:

    may be you have same problem with me. I’m using windows xp service pack 2. sdk manager not opening.

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