Run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on Computer

Earlier we shared how you can run Android 2.2 Froyo on computer and now the specially designed Android OS for Tablets named Android 3.0 Honeycomb is here. In this post, you will learn how to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on your computer screen. Motorola XOOM, LG Optimus Pad, Samsung Galaxy Tab2 etc. tablets which are scheduled to come in next few days are running on Honeycomb android-honeycomb-logoOS. As the Android 2.2 or 2.3 versions were designed for mobile devices where you get screen real estate of approximately 4 inches but in case of tablets that may go up to 10 inches. That’s why Google’s Android OS 2.2 / 2.3 where not suitable for tablets. But now Android 3.0 Honeycomb is here which is having exclusively designed UI and interface for tablet devices to utilize the available hardware performance and screen real estate.

Google has released the final SDK of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and now you can run this tablet specific OS on your Windows PC, Mac OS and Linux. Here is how you can run Honeycomb on computer.

Steps to Run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on PC

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Download the Android SDK (either ZIP or EXE) on Windows PC. You can choose to download for Mac or Linux as well. If you are already having the previous SDK installed on your computer and skip this step.

Installation of packages – Whether you have just downloaded SDK or have the previous one, now you need to install the available packages which includes Android 3.0 API and other updates related to that and other versions. To do that, go into the “Tools” folder in the downloaded SDK Unzipped folder and click on “android” application. A window will open where you need to select the option “Installed Packages” from the left menu.


– Click on “Update All” button available at the bottom of the window. The new packages including Android 3.0 updates will start to download. It may take time (few hours depending on your Internet connection speed) to complete the download and installation.

– Once the new packages are installed, its time to create a new AVD. To do that, go to the “Virtual Devices” option from the left menu on same screen and click on “New” button.

– It will ask for the name of the AVD and Android version that will want on that. Select the Android version as “Android 3.0 API Level 11” and give SD Card size as 10,000 MB.

– Once the AVD is created, select that AVD name from the list available under “Virtual Devices” and click on “Start” button to start the Android 3.0 stimulator


Done. In next few minutes, you will have Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on your computer. You can explore the features, options and new UI on your computer without purchasing any Android 3.0 tablet. Of course tablet with Honeycomb will be a very different experience because of the touch screen and other UI changes done by companies but this vanilla installation of Honeycomb is also very good.

Here are few snaps that I took while running Android 3.0 Honeycomb on my Windows 7 computer.

Screenshots of Android 3.0 Honeycomb taken on Windows 7 PC

Very first screen after staring the AVD of Android 3.0


First screen of Android 3.0 Honeycomb – having Google Search box


Android 3.0 running – in background you can see Windows 7 desktop


Apps available on Android 3.0 SDK vanilla


Wireless and networks settings page on Honeycomb


About Phone – on Settings page where you can see Android Version as 3.0


Google running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb browser


Internet Techies on Android 3.0 browser


Android 3.0 Screen – Full utilization of tablet’s display real estate


Are you planning to install SDK of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on your computer? In case you are facing any problem, read the documentation available on Android developer section. Enjoy the Honeycomb OS on your Windows, Mac or Linux and come up with some development for this beautiful tablet OS by Google.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.
  • Great article! I started just now.

  • The speed of the AVD is very slow on my PC. Anything to speed things up?

  • Better graphic card and additional RAM will improve your experience. On existing system, you may try AVD on fresh installation of OS

  • Rodney

    So Im trying this out and it seems to not load anything but the logo screen. Any suggestions? Your directions seem very easy to follow so not sure what is happening.

  • Rodney

    So tried your method. I have a good Virtual Device (green check) but it only loads the logo screen. Any suggestions?

  • What should be the minimum pc requirement, if any as such….

  • kk

    can you install apps from the android market on this SDK?

  • hi_its_kyle

    Thanks! I have an HP TM2 tablet, and this turns it into a Honeycomb! 😀

  • Carl

    The title is a bit misleading : “running Honeycomb in an emulator” is the proper title.

    The SDK emulator has the following shortcomings :
    – it is dead slow (even for the developing)
    – it has no graphic hardware support
    – it has no google apps (gmail, market, youtube…) , and well, is just an emulator.
    – syncing/copying files from desktop is a mess
    – installing new app is cumbersome
    – you won’t have access to your google account (no contacts…)

    Yeah, running honeycomb in an emulator pretty much sucks. But it’s convenient to get a glimpse of it.
    So, the emulator far from being an option for a day to day use.

    But, if you’re interested in installing android on your computer, as your primary OS, try android-X86. At the moment, Android 2.2 is released :

    PS : you can install google apps in the emulator, but it’s far from being straightforward. Unless you got the ad-hoc avd 🙂 .

  • AVD is not creating on my win 7 laptop

    4Gb ram
    500 Gb HDD