I'm a developer and I want to test the behavior of an app I'm building in different versions of Android. Since I have JB, I want to try my app in ICS and GB to see how it works, with minimal details such as the action bar that was added in HC.

I know about the AVD (Android Virtual Device), but it's just not smooth enough for me. That's why I ask if it's possible to do it with my own device or if I have to get other devices with a previous OS. I'm not worried about if an app is supported or not.

Is it possible (through a menu setting or an app or something) to emulate a previous version of Android OS? For example, my device is running ICS 4.0.4 and I want it just for a moment to try an app have it in GB 2.3.6 or GB 2.3.3 or even further?

  • It's possible to downgrade, but I'm not so sure about an "emulator".
    – geffchang
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 16:29
  • Why not use android x86 emulator, which is faster than AVD, AVD uses ARMv7 instruction set which is translated to x86 therefore deemed "slow"?
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 16:58
  • Also, have you searched StackOverflow which would be a better audience as its more focused on development rather than here! PS You will not be able to get Honeycomb as that's discontinued, closed off, not distributed anymore!
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 17:00
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    I'll definately try the x86 emulator, thanks! The question I think belongs in here, because is not a purely programatically question. Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 17:04
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    You should try genymotion.com
    – roxan
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 18:04

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This question seems more relevant today than before.

There's something called VMOS, a virtual machine that runs Android on Android.

Then there's this repo with a downloadable APK, which has links to VMOS Pro ROMs and other VM stuff.

There are other alternatives too, like Twoyi and Vphonegaga.

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    Rightly said +1, I prefer Twoyi due to its open sourced nature and customisability. Commented May 15 at 5:39

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