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.

  1. You start by opening the Android SDK and AVD manager
  2. It will automatically check for updates:
  3. 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:
  4. After restarting ADB, create a new Android device, and give it these settings:
  5. Select your new AVD and hit Start:
  6. After some loading (yes, it takes some time), you get the following screen:
  7. 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