Man! This has really gotten me pissed! When Jellybean came out with the announcement that it will support higher resolution images (720×720) compared to what Ice Cream Sandwich did (2562×256), I was really excited.

But even when I sync my Android smartphone with Google Contacts, the contact photos still revert back to 96×96 versions.

I wondered why it took them very long to do something about this and I found out that it had been a few years back when this issue was raised. More than 3 years have passed and the GMail team still had not done anything.

So maybe they are doing something about it … but … 3 years have passed and not even a 256×256 support has not been incorporated.

This is actually the only feature I am looking forward if I were to upgrade my Android OS to Jellybean. I just want to see my contacts’ photos in high resolution.

I can tell that there is no way using the emulator to import your GMail contacts to it. The quickest and easiest way is to do it manually.

– Import your GMail contacts by logging in to your GMail account, going to contacts and export it.

– Open a command prompt and use the following command to push the file onto the SDCARD of the emulator

– In the emulator, go to Contacts, hit the menu button and choose “import from sdcard”. It should then load all contacts from vcf file.

An important thing to note is that when you execute the command to push the vcf file to the emulator and you encounter an error, chances are you did not specify any memory value of the SD card in your emulator settings.

Edit the AVD settings and place a value for the SD Card, say 512MB. That should fix the problem.

If you encounter permission problems, try to set the system to R/W by typing the command