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  • Install App in Android Emulator

    Don't have an Android device and want to see your vBulletin Mobile Suite app before it gets published? Then use the Android Emulator!

    Below is a tutorial on how to run your apk file in the Android emulator. Note: Extra step for Windows 7/Vista users! All the way at bottom of the post!

    For Mac Users check the second comment made by Lynne below.

    Thank you so much to botskool for basically helping me compile this article!
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    Step 1: Download and install the Android SDK Package. Click here to download.


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    Step 2: Download the Android app that vBulletin provided to you and unzip.




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    Step 3: Create and Launch the emulator.
    Go to your SDK Manager -> Virtual Devices -> New -> See Screenshot Below.



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    Step 4: Copy .APK Files and paste it to the C:\Android\android-sdk\tools folder.



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    Step 5: Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt



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    Step 6: Type:
    Code:
    cd locationofandroidskdfolder
    See screenshots below for example.

    To get the location of the tools folder Right Click Address Bar -> and Choose "Copy Address as Text"


    In the command prompt, type "cd" and then press "space button" and paste the location of the tools folder into the command prompt and press enter. (See Screenshot below)





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    Step 7: Type "adb install yourbundleid.apk" Make sure to change yourbundleid to the appropriate file name. See Screenshot below.



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    Step 8 Final: Go to your Android emulator and click the menu button. You should see your vBulletin application there.



    Congrats!!


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    Extra step for Windows 7/Vista Users...
    Download the adb.zip file provided by botskool and unzip it. http://www.botskool.com/downloads/geeks/android/adb.zip and upload the files inside to the "C:\Android\android-sdk\tools"

    Follow Step 1 to 8 after.
    Attached Files

    • Lynne
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      Lynne commented
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      For the mac, starting at step 4.

      Step 4 - open a terminal window

      Step 5 - cd to the /Applications/Android/platform-tools directory (you may drag/drop the directory into the terminal window after typing "cd ")
      Code:
      cd /Applications/Android/platform-tools directory
      Step 6 - Start abd
      Code:
      ./adb
      Step 7 - Verify the emulator is running
      Code:
      ./adb devices
      You should get a response ending like this:
      Code:
      List of devices attached  
      emulator-5554	device
      Step 8 - Install the app (you may drag/drop the apk file into the terminal window after typing "./adb install ")
      Code:
      ./adb install /Volumes/full/path/here/appname.apk
      You should get a response similar to this:
      Code:
      419 KB/s (1444917 bytes in 3.359s) 	
      pkg: /data/local/tmp/appname.apk 
      Success
      Now it will be availble for use in your emulator.

    • rinkrat
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      rinkrat commented
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      adb.zip in the above Windows 7 inscruction is a bad zip.Anywhere else to get it?

    • pokesph
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      pokesph commented
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      note that in the newest Android SDK adb has moved to platform-tools directory use the full path method or copy/pasta the apk into platform-tools directory and go from there.
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