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Since WhatsApp is installed you have to activate it, but they blocked activation via SMS for emulator-based installation, so use «Call me» activation option. They call you and type the given number, that should enable WhatsApp to use on AVD-emulator.


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I have tried to do this several times and Google does not support APKs for their emulators. I heard others worked around this by installing the Chromium APKs, but even this doesn't really work well. Your best option is to use a physical device -- this will actually free up your PC resources as well.


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You can make an adb backup of only the desired apps, then adb restore it to an emulator. As far as I know, this should preserve all the apps' data. Also, backups of user apps should be compatible between different versions and architectures of Android - but there's a chance of failure, so try it before you wipe anything!


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I assume you have only one emulator running, then you can install an apk file by using adb adb -e install <apk file> You get more options by adb -h


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If you've got the AOSP source, then just import the app into Eclipse/Studio from packages/apps in the source tree. Then you can modify it an run it on one of the emulators (a/k/a AVDs) or a real device connected via USB. If you want to replace the system app in the build, then put your modified code back into packages/apps and rebuild the system image. ...


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The Contacts app doesn't require any specialized device features, so you should be able to test your modifications in an AVD created from the images you download via Studio's SDK Manager. These are just basic Android images, not Cyanogen, but if you're not tying into some special feature of Cyanogen or i9100 hardware, then it will be adequate. Once you get ...


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Have you taken a look at Selendroid: Selenium for Android? It gives you the possibility to test native or hybrid apps. If you want to make a UI test, Sikuli Script is a good solution that may be interesting for you.



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