Easy. Just download the zip file archive of Google apps and drag the file to the GenyMotion Android (formerly AndroVM) emulator.

Once you do, a popup will appear similar to the image below.


There should be a dialog box that will pop up informing you that the file you dragged and dropped is a flashable archive. Just click ok to continue.


After that you should be able to get another popup dialog that says something like “Unfortunately, Google+ has stopped”. Just ignore the message.


Check out your emulator again, you should be able to see those Google Apps installed in your emulator. However, you may need to start your emulator in order for any Google App not to give out error messages. I tried to go on with logging in to the Play Store without restarting the emulator and it kept giving out error messages.

Once the emulator is restarted you should be able to see messages of the emulator finsihing installing the Google Apps to the system.

Lucky that my friend found out about AndroVM just yesterday. When he told me about it and saw it in his PC how fast the virtual machine runs, I just had to download it, install it and use it as my test environment replacing the clunky, slow and resource intensive Android emulator.

AndroVM moving to a commercial product but do not fret because there will still be an open sourced version that does mostly what every operating system does.

It is blazing fast! Considering that my PC in the office is super damn slow, I had to resort to using an Android emulator running 2.3.1. If I used versions 3 until the latest, it will probably take me forever just to test my app.


Once I linked AndroVM as my test environment when deploying apps from Eclipse, it was simply a breeze.

They simply did a good job alright, running Android in a Virtual Machine. It helped me quite a lot because I could not do any testing on a tablet run device because I do not have one nor could I use an Android emulator on it because running Ice Cream Sandwich in a tablet emulator made my PC even slower.

To use AndroVM, you need to install Oracle’s Virtual Box then download the Android image file according to your choosing: phone or tablet.

By the way, since they are now a commercial product, AndroVM will now be called GenyMotion.

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