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How to Install Android 4.1 SDK and Try Jelly Bean Now on Computer

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has just been announced at the Google I/O 2012. We now have our hands on the latest and the greatest Android 4.1 SDK which is available for download at the Android Developers website. The developers can now download the new Jelly Bean SDK and start exploring what new features Google has to offer and start building apps.

Google’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM and Samsung Nexus S will be the first Android devices to get the Android 4.1 firmware update, officially. Unofficially, thanks to the Android 4.1 SDK image system dump, which is now available for download, many devices will be getting Android 4.1 to try in then ext few hours (or days) or so. You can still try out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right now on your computer! How? Read below.

UPDATE: You can now try out Android 4.4.2 KitKat on your computer. Read tutorial here!

Remember, this is just an emulator and it is only suitable if you want to try out the new Android 4.1 features. And, any hardware-related features won’t work either. Let’s continue with a step-by-step instructions on how to set up and install the Android 4.1 SDK on your computer.

NOTE: The tutorial below is along the lines of how you could download and install the Android 4.0 SDK when it came out last year. Screenshots may be slightly different. Please read every line carefully below.

How to Set Up and Install Android 4.1 SDK Jelly Bean Emulator

Step 1 – Download the Android SDK installer from: We’re going to use the Windows version here.

Step 2 – Install the Android SDK files you just downloaded to any location.

Step 3 – Now, go the installed location and run the “SDK Manager” application.

Step 4 – Wait for the application to load and fetch all the Android SDK packages.

Android SDK Installation

Step 5 – Once completed, now select the packages you want to install. Here, we will be only selecting the “Android 4.1 (API 16)” and “Android SDK Platform-tools” (under Tools). You can leave the “Extras“. This should be enough.

Step 6 – Click on “Install 6 packages…”. You will be prompted to confirm the packages you chose to install.

Android SDK Installation

Step 7 – Click on the Install button and now wait for the all the packages to download and install.

Android SDK Installation

Note: If you’re going through all this just for the Android Emulator, then only select “SDK Platform” and “ARM EABI v7a System Image” and install them. You don’t really need the rest!

Set Up Android Emulator for Android 4.0

Once everything is installed, now lets set up the Android Emulator so that you can play with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on your computer.

Step 8 – Go back to the Android SDK folder and run “AVD Manager”. Now click on New and create a virtual device with details as in the screenshot below.

NOTE: Use default value for “Max VM application heap”.

Step 9 – Click OK on the result window.

Android SDK Installation

Step 10 – Now, select the virtual device you just created from the list and click on Start.

Step 11 – Don’t change anything in the Launch Options and 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.

Android SDK Installation

NOTE: This will take around 5 minutes to boot when loading for the first time.

Step 13 – Once your device is on, this is what you will see on the screen.

Happy exploring!

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