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HOW TO: Install Android 8.1 Oreo Emulator on PC using Android Studio

Android has been upgraded to 8.1 Oreo, read ahead to find out how you can install it on your PC. You can easily test out the latest Android 8.1 Oreo API level 27 on your computer using the simple guide ahead. We have already covered how you can download this update for Pixel and Nexus hardware, so with this post we will focus on solely the PC. Gone are the days when Google had a very slow emulator for the computer which made it a nightmare to use. Thanks to x86 optimized images and a far superior IDE — Android Studio — you can easily setup a working Android install in a matter of minutes. Read ahead to find out how exactly you can install Android 8.1 Oreo on your PC. This guide requires you to have the latest Android Studio installed. If not, read the following guide: How to Install and Setup Android Studio 3.0.1.

This guide will apply to the stable version of Android Studio — which is Android Studio 3.0.1 at the time of writing. Before, you were only able to try these images on the Android Studio Preview program. Google has made quite a lot of improvements to its computer emulator. It now boasts amazing boot time speeds as well as an intuitive design compared with the old-school emulator Google ran for the past years.


Android 8.1 Oreo on PC

It is essential you have a working installation of Android Studio. You should also update your Java install to the latest to avoid any issues. Also, if you haven’t yet installed Android Studio or set it up, please read the following tutorial.

Run Android Apps On Mac or Windows:

The Emulator is for developers who want to test out their apps on the latest APIs without a physical device. However, if you just want to play Android games or run full Android apps on your computer, we have complete guides for that. The process is much simpler than installing the full Android emulator and also, quite less on space required. If you have a Mac, you can use Andy or if you have a Windows machine, you can use Blue Stacks.

How to Set Up and Install Android 8.1 Oreo Emulator

As mentioned earlier, this post implies that you have already installed and set up Android Studio on your computer. If you haven’t please read the following guide:

Step 1 – Open your Android Studio installation. You can execute the emulator by creating a new Android Development project and entering the Development Environment itself. Otherwise, open any project you are currently working on. From the main view go to Tools > Android > AVD Manager.

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Step 2 – The next step is creating a new Virtual Device for Android 8.1 Oreopecifically. In AVD manager, you will be able to see all your Virtual installations. Just click the “Create Virtual Device” button below.

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Step 3 – Next, you will need to decide what device you want to emulate. As we want the latest Android 8.1 Oreo running on our PC, we will choose Pixel 2. You can also choose any other supported device — Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Once selected, click Next.

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Step 4 – The following screen will be showed once you click next from above step. This is where you decide what version of Android you want to run on your selected device. Choose “API 27” and make sure the API Level category shows that it is 27 then click on Download right against the name.

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Step 5 – Now your Android Studio will ask you to agree to its license policy and then begin downloading as well as extracting the selected image. Select “Accept” and then click “Next“. Wait till the download and extraction process finishes before proceeding to the next step.

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Step 6 – Once the extraction and download process finishes, click on “Finish“.

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Next, let’s set up the Android emulator to actually run Android 8.1 Oreo on your computer. The next part continues on Page 2.

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  • Actually, you can now use Android Studio’s AVD Manager like any other emulator (including gaming-focussed emulators, such as MEMuPlay) – you just have to configure it properly. As to why you would want to, let me ‘splain some advantages.

    1. First off, Android Studio supports the latest and greatest versions of Android (such as Oreo, and even Nougat) – which gaming-focussed emulators (such as MEMuPlay) haven’t gone to; in fact, MEMuPlay just got round to supporting Lollipop as the default – Ghu help you if the game you want to play requires Marshmallow or Nougat and all you have is MEMuPlay – you’re plumb out of luck.

    2. Before, you could use the “AVDs don’t include Google Play” argument – said argument is deader than Emperor Palpatine as of Android Studio 3.0 (the current stable version of Studio) – you now have AVDs that specifically include the Play Store – including Oreo-based AVDs

    – I have a Nexus 5x-based Oreo AVD of this sort running as I type this; in fact, I have it running Soldiers: Mobile Warfare – and it’s running FASTER than MEMuPlay does. In short, there are performance-based reasons to choose Android Studio – even over MEMuPlay.

    3. Lastly, there is a rather neat trick that Android Studio includes – you can export AVDs to real devices – in fact, there are several ways to do so, with the easiest way requiring – literally – no work on your part at all. Remember, Android Studio – like everything ELSE Google – uses the Google Identification System – which is based upon – that’s right – Google IDs – such as GMail addresses. Thus you can export an AVD configuration based on a given identification by simply signing in WITH that identification. That last one is a VERY old trick, and it works outside of Android Studio, too; it even works between real devices running the same Google API – or even different Android APIs altogether; I’ve exported Lollipop-based configurations to Nougat-based devices – including tablet configurations to phones – and vice-versa

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