How to Install Android 4.4.2 SDK and Try KitKat on Windows and Mac
Android 4.4.2 KitKat was announced in 2013 when Google launched the infamous Nexus 5. We now have our hands on the latest and the greatest Android 4.4.2 KitKat SDK yet which is available for download at the Android Developers website. Developers are already using the SDK to built great new apps and several Android phones have started receiving official KitKat updates as well.
Nexus 5 was the first Android device to come with Android 4.4.2. Several other Android phones, notably, the nexus series by Google and some Samsung devices have already been updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat so far. However if you don’t have any device which supports KitKat you can run Android 4.4.2 on your computer! How? Read below.
Do note, this is just an emulator for the computer so that you can test out the new Android features. If you want the full experience, a device running KitKat would be much better as emulator tends to leave out much of the hardware features. Let’s continue with a step-by-step guide on how to set up and install the Android 4.4.2 SDK on your computer.
NOTE: The tutorial below is along the lines of how you could download and install the Android 4.1 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 4.4.2 SDK Jelly Bean Emulator
Step 1 - Download the Android SDK installer from: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html. 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.
NOTE: If you have downloaded the Zipped version of SDK, go to the location where you extracted the zip archive.
Step 4 - Wait for the application to load and fetch all the Android SDK packages.
Step 5 - Once completed, now select the packages you want to install. Here, we will be only selecting the “Android 4.4.2 (API 19)” and “Android SDK Platform-tools” (under Tools). You can leave the “Extras“. This should be enough.
Step 6 - Click on “Install packages…”. You will be prompted to confirm the packages you chose to install and you would have to agree to the Licence information to proceed.
Step 7 - Click on the Install button and now wait for the all the packages to download and install.
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!
Next, let’s set up the Android emulator to actually run Android 4.4.2 on your computer. The next part continues on Page 2.
Set Up Android Emulator for Android 4.4.2
Once everything is installed, now lets set up the Android Emulator so that you can play with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) 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”. As Android supports a variety of displays, you can explore and experiment with different devices by selecting options in the Device: dropdown.
Step 9 - Click OK on the result window.
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.
NOTE: This will take around 5 minutes to boot when loading for the first time.
Step 13 - Once your device is on, you would probably greeted by this screen which indicates you have successfully completed the Emulator install.
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