A couple or hours ago, the Galaxy Nexus was announced, along with Android 4.0.
At the same time, the Android 4.0 SDK was released into the wild.
Here I will show you how to already get it up and running, so you can try it out, and start developing/adapting your Android apps for ICS. It will give you a nice “hands on” feeling for ICS
The steps in this post is quite similar to the post I wrote earlier about trying out Honeycomb.
If you want a faster working solution, but for the time being without internet connection, you can check out my post on how to install Android 4.0 in virtualbox.
- You start by opening the Android SDK and AVD manager
- It will automatically check for updates:
- Choose to install Android SDK Tools, revision 14 and Android SDK Platform-tools, revision 8. After installation, you have to restart the Android SDK manager. It may also look like this:
- After restarting ADB, create a new Android device, and give it these settings:
- Select your new AVD and hit Start:
- After some loading (yes, it takes some time), you get the following screen:
- Congratulations, you can now play with Ice Cream Sandwich!
At first, in step 4, i chose WXGA720, which gave me the “tablet size”, I took some screenshots of that:
Android 4.0 certainly looks nice, so I hope it will spread quickly.
You can find more information on Android 4.0 at developer.android.com. And on the android-developers blog.
For developers: The User agent for Ice Cream Sandwich seems to be
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.0.1; en-us; sdk Build/ICS_MR0) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/534.30