Ap­pli­ca­tion man­age­ment

You have two ways to get ap­pli­ca­tions on to your vir­tual de­vice.

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Once your em­u­la­tor is run­ning, it’s time to in­stall your favourite apps. On a reg­u­lar An­droid de­vice, you would have Google Play or even FDroid. In the em­u­la­tors, you’ll usu­ally have to in­stall Gapps to have ac­cess to the Play Store. There are other ways to add ap­pli­ca­tions to your vir­tual phone. You can use Adb to­wards the vir­tual de­vice: this works in both the em­u­la­tors and the con­tainer­ised so­lu­tions such as An­box. An­droid_x86 comes with the Play store in­stalled by de­fault, mak­ing it very quick to get started. In the case of AVD you can run reg­u­lar in­stalled ap­pli­ca­tions or the ap­pli­ca­tion you’re de­vel­op­ing in An­droid Stu­dio. In­stalling ap­pli­ca­tions us­ing Google Play is in­cluded in some of the images, but not all of them. An­other way to in­stall from Apk is to drop the file on the em­u­la­tor win­dow. Do­ing this im­me­di­ately in­stalls the ap­pli­ca­tion, or at least tries to. Geny­mo­tion also sup­ports drag and drop. In all cases, the Apk needs to be for x86 or the in­stall will fail. Adb is also re­quired be­fore this works.

You can also try with Shash­lik. Shash­lik acts as a con­tainer, much like An­box, but there’s a built-in in­stall func­tion. As soon as you’ve in­stalled an ap­pli­ca­tion, it shows up as an ap­pli­ca­tion in your desk­top list. In our GNOME ex­am­ple, typ­ing ‘shash­lik’ dis­plays all the in­stalled apps. You can then run your favourite di­rectly just like any other in­stalled ap­pli­ca­tion.

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