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Installing apps onto an Android Emulator

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Problem:

App stores are a huge element of the attraction of modern smartphones. The Android Market is the official one, but you may want to use app stores other than Google's Android App store.

Solution:

SlideMe (http://slideme.org/) offers an alternative app store. This allows you to install other apps (perhaps you want to integrate with other apps), and also to test the experience of publishing and downloading your own apps on your emulated Android. SlideMe also reaches many Android users who are locked out of the Google Android Market, including people with unsupported devices and those who don't live in a country that is supported by the Android Market.

Discussion:

An alternative to the official Android Market is Slide Me, an alternative app store. It may not have as many apps as Google's Android Market, but it has some advantages, including that it works easily on an emulated Android device.

Go to the web site using your emulated Android, browse or search through apps, and click on a free one. After a pause to download, open the download (the little arrow on the top left) and launch the .apk you've downloaded to install the app. I installed the SlideMe app, after reviewing the license (typical stuff: it's licensed to me (I don't own it) exclusively and non-transferably, and only if I accept ALL terms and conditions. They get to include ads, if I want to buy apps there are further considerations, I have to abide by all laws, no porn, no messing with SlideMe, no posting viruses, if it messes anything up it's my problem, not theirs, SlideMe accepts no liability of any sort and you indemnify them against that (nasty, but a mostly standard clause), etc.)

Once the SlideMe app is installed you can go through the catalog and install more apps without using the browser. This is much easier, since the presentation is designed for the Android. Chose a category, scroll through it, and chose an app to install. I have had some stability problems using it on my emulator - it freezes on occasion - but I was able to install some simple free apps like "Grocery list."

I noticed in the Android Invasion discussion forum on linkedin.com that many Android users are disappointed to find that many cell phone providers do NOT include the app store in their Android cell phone offering, and unless you're comfortable rooting and flashing your Android phone there's no way to get it. Most consumers are NOT comfortable rooting and flashing their phones and for them SlideMe offers an alternative way to find free and inexpensive apps for their phones.

SlideMe also allows you to publish your apps onto their app store, See Publishing Your App on SlideMe.

See Also:

The SlideMe Application Store.

SlideMe Upload for Developers.