In a premature release, Google has announced its latest Android source code available in the form of a developer preview named as Android N. Breaking the I/O conference release tradition, developers have been granted access to Andorid N way early. Nevertheless, this new iteration builds on 6.0 Marshmallow. Highlight features include multi-window support, extended Doze implementation and much more. To find out fully, you can use this guide to install Android N SDK and also try Android N Preview on both Windows and Mac. The SDK can be downloaded straight from Google’s servers. Also, developer preview builds are available to be installed on actual Nexus hardware — the Nexus 5X, 6P, 6, 9, Pixel C and Nexus Player.
This post will be dedicated to showing you on how you can download latest platform tools and also setup virtual image of Android N on your computer. This is for developers who want to test their apps on Android N or even want to develop starting from Android N. Other interested geeks out there can follow this tutorial just to get a first hand experience of Android N.
Do note, this is just an emulator for the computer so that you can test out the new Android M features. If you want the full experience, a device running Android M 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 N SDK on your computer.
NOTE: The tutorial below is along the lines of how you could install Android M SDK and try Android M Preview when it came out last year. Screenshots may be slightly different. Please read every line carefully below.
How to Set Up and Install Android N SDK Emulator
Step 1 – Download the Android SDK installer from: http://dl.google.com/android/installer_r24.4.1-windows.exe 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 N (API 22)” 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 License 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 “Intel x86 Atom System Image” and install them. You don’t really need the rest!
Next, let’s set up the Android emulator to actually run Android N on your computer. The next part continues on Page 2.