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  • Are you still waiting for Verizon to make the newest Android OS available on your Droid RAZR MAXX? In the mean time, follow the instructions below for a way to preview what the newest Android OS looks like – you’re probably not missing as much as you think!

    1. Download and install VMware Player. This is VMware’s entry-level free virtualization product for end users.
    2. Instead of downloading a file from the Android x86 project, I grabbed a customized one with better support for VMWare drivers from Dan Fages. Download the android-x86-vm-20120130.iso.gz file and extract it somewhere on your computer.
    3. Create a New Virtual Machine. Set the “Installer disc image file” to the Android x86 ISO file you just downloaded:
      Android OS emulator
    4. Configure a name and location to save the disk image. You can set this to 2.5GB:
      1. The Android OS partitions take about 256MB of disk space.
      2. The maximum size for a simulated SD card is 2GB.
    5. Once you’ve completed the startup wizard, it should immediately boot to a GRUB menu. Select the “Installation” link to start this process.
      VMware Player
    6. Create/Modify partitions:
      1. Use the arrows keys to select [New]
      2. Then, choose [Primary] to create the first disk partition.
      3. Accept the default (maximum) and hit Enter.
      4. Choose [Bootable] to add the “Boot” flag to the partition.
      5. Select [Write] and confirm your choice to complete partition setup.
    7. Quit the Partition Editor.
    8. Back in the “Choose Partition” window, there should be an option to install Android to “sda1 Linux”. Select this and choose OK.
    9. Select ext3 in the “Choose filesystem” window. Confirm when it asks you if you’d like to format the drive, then confirm again when it asks you to install the GRUB boot loader.
    10. You probably want to leave the /system drive as read-only. Accept the default and select No when it asks you if you’d like to set this drive as read-write.
    11. You’ll have an opportunity, optionally, to Create a fake SD card. Do this, then Reboot the Virtual Machine.
    12. In a few moments, you’ll see a prompt asking which Android (“regular” or Debug mode) to boot. Choose the default first-choice, or wait a few moments for it to auto-select the default.
    13. Lastly, remember to click the I Finished Installing button. When it asks you about “Installing VMWare Tools”, choose Never Reminder Me.
      anroid 4.0

    The standard Google Market (Google Play) store isn’t available in this build by default, but you may be able to find applications you’re looking for in the “App Store”. Test out some of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich features here while you wait for your phone to be updated!

    There is plenty more that can be done using the “adb” interface if you’re interested in developing or testing other features – but this will get you started if you’re looking for an introduction. Sorry, no iPhone OS emulator just yet!

    Edwin Chung
    Application Integration Engineer, SPK & Associates




sir i tried the above method and i was done with it but at the end i get an android boot logo for a long time im using the android x86 4.0 rc1.iso can u please guide me .
my cell:9738424016
i would be glad to recive ur call.

Ed Chung

Prithviraj: try downloading the ISO file from and folowing these instructions again; the official android-x86 project needs specific settings to work properly in VMWare.


How can I get Google Play Store installed to get more apps this VM

Ed Chung


The ISO was created before they renamed it – when you launch the “Market” application, it will automatically update itself to “Play Store”.


Spencer Thomason

Is there an updated VM iso that has the new RC2 changes?


Ed Chung


I built the vmdk and vmx files for Android-x86 4.0 RC2 (Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4) in VMWare Workstation 8.0.2. Try getting them from my Dropbox at this link for (200MB ee6689b88e77bca249e9eddf08fda394).


amila kumara

is their a way to download android apps using Google Play?



Could you please help me out to configure ethernet adapter in ICS?


Ed Chung

Amila Kumara:

The “Market” application will automatically update to the “Google Play” application when you run it and it has connectivity.


What kind of network are you using? If you use DHCP, it should configure itself automatically. Try to identify whether the problem is with your computer, with VMWare, or with the Android VM.



Thank you for your tutorial. Your vmdk and vmx files works fine for me.


hey Ed, unfortunately, your vmx file doesn’t seem to work in VMWare Player, it says it’s incompatible with VMWare Player as it was created in VMWare Workstation.


is here wifi???


nice 100 % work
but i cant find any way to upload photos and videos to the gallery


plese tel me that i have a vmware workstation can i use android-x86-vm-20120130.iso.gz file to install ics os without any problum ? i wait for your reply

Ronald Andersson

@Ed Chung:
I’ve downloaded the vmx and vmdk files from the ZIP you linked to, and have used them in VMware Workstation 8.04 on my Win7_x64 system, and much of it works fine. I was able to connect to Google’s ‘Play Store’ and install some games previously purchased using my Android phone. (A simple Samsung Galaxy Y). So that part of the usage works just fine, dealing with the installation and launching of apps.

But they don’t work the same way as they did on my phone, neither my games (FF1 and FF3) nor some of the other apps, which may be due to differences caused by emulation or by mismatch between the virtual machine and my physical PC system.

That’s where you come in of course, as you are the one who best knows how that virtual machine was created and configured.

Final Fantasy 1 does launch and its GUI seems to work, but the sprites I’ve seen so far are only fractionally displayed (a very tiny portion of each is visible).

Final Fantasy 3 begins to launch, but almost immediately there is a message stating that it has stopped.

The same ‘stopped’ message is also displayed for many other apps I’ve tried running, but not for all of them. Some work fine, such as the ‘News & Weather’ app, for example, while others like the two “Music” apps simply fail immediately on launch, giving the same message mentioned above, of the form:
“Unfortunately” app_name “has stopped”

Another factor common to ALL apps as well as the basic android functions is that I never hear any sound at all, even from apps or basic commands that I expected to make some sound effects.

I realize that no emulation is perfect, but I have a feeling that there is also some configuration problem involved here, though I’m unsure of whether it is the android settings or the VMware virtual machine settings (or both) that need tweaking.

Please clarify whether or not all the included apps really work for you, and whether or not some of these apps are able to produce audible sounds, when running in this VMware machine on your PC.

Best regards: Ronald Andersson


Ed, thanks for this post. I had had trouble getting Android to load in VmWare Player, but now I have it installed.
I do still have an issue, though. I wanted to sign into google, which sent me to a settings screen for wi-fi.
I turned the wi-fi on, but now it just hangs on “Turning Wi-fi On” though my computer is connected to the internet with good strength. The VM is not recognizing the wi-fi connection. Have you encountered this issue? best, Robert


No sound… do I get the sound to work..


The vmware image is good for internet connection. But there is NO AUDIO. Any suggestions on how to fix it.


the sopcast application doesn’t seem to work well, I mean it seems it is unable to open any kind of media.


Thanks for this program. How can I install VMtools. I’ve selected to install it, but nothing happens

Hi! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew
where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
Thanks a lot!


brother , its awesome .. 100% worked ,, can you give one post

” How-to: iphone OS using VMware Player ” ?? ( if have )


Hi, how hard is it configure vmware to use a mouse with this? Thanks!


Please let me know how to to install “google play” steep by steep because I can’t find Market application and I can’t install any additional programs.
Thank you

varun chandak

please tell me how to install WhatsApp on this OS..!!?


Worked great for me – Thanks!


AWSOME!!!! Works flawlessly Thank you


in the name of God
How can i install apps?
How can i access folders in my android?
Pleeeeeeeeeeeease Help me.


If this doesn’t come with superuser, then how do you expect us to get wifi? We do need to mount as rw as a workaround.

Tim >.

how about the TILTING ISSUE??

does it work here??


I have tested in Android-4.3.iso. Everything works fine. In previous version i was also facing the problem which you people did.


Network is not working on VMware Workstation.


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