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How to install Android Market App on the emulator?

I am not able to access android market through emulator.

I got Android Market to work on Emulator for Platform 2.3 using OS 10.6.6:

First download and setup emulator on your mac. Launch emulator and create an AVD. I created one called vd1. Close vd1.

Launch Terminal in Utilities and enable the Finder to show hidden system files and folders by executing following commands:

lsy$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
lsy$ killall Finder

Download system.img

Copy system.img to two locations:


Launch emulator from Terminal

lsy$ cd android\tools
lsy$ ./emulator -avd [vd1] -partition-size 100
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Android Market is not available through the emulator for similar reasons it is not available through the developer phone. Allowing people to buy applications with an unlocked phone (or the emulator) would make it easier for those paid apps to be redistributed as freee apps.

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Check out this link.

You get a full featured market on your emulator. I don't know if it's legal(allowed by Google), but the image file, that this post mentions, is a link to HTC's download page.

I am able to access all the market apps now, right from the emulator, the paid ones, and the copy-protected ones also.



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    • CommonsWare, I want Google Play on emulator to test whether intents work with all the major apps. I need Google Maps, and on another emulator I need Bing Maps. On a third I need both (what happens when both are present?) And there are various email apps, and so on and so forth. My desire to install from Google Play has nothing to do with software piracy, and it has been obvious to me from the way they ask the questions that nobody on Stack Overflow is planning to hoist the Jolly Roger.

I have did it in my 1.6 emulator it worked fine , Try this,

  1. Download system.img from following link
  2. Go to avd folder. It will be in your c drive probably ( example C:\Documents and Settings\\avd\market.avd)
  3. Paste the download file
  4. Now launch the emulator Market is ready

But am not sure it will work in 2.2 emulator, because the given system.img file is specific to 1.6. For 2.2 download the 2.2 system.img (but i doubt it works, as per my information it gives error)

Regards, Vadivelan

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