unable to create android virtual device

unable to create android virtual device  using -'java,android'

asked Oct 13, 2015 by kinnari
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Simply because CPU/ABI says "No system images installed for this target". You need to install a system images.

In the Android SDK Manager check that you have installed "ARM EABI v7a System Image" (for each Android version from 4.0 and on you have to install a system image to be able to run a virtual device)

In your case only ARM system image exsits (Android 4.2). If you were running an older version, Intel has provided System Images (Intel x86 ATOM). You can check on the internet to see the comparison in performance between both.

In my case (see image below) I haven't installed a System Image for Android 4.2, whereas I have installed ARM and Intel System Images for 4.1.2

As long as I don't install the 4.2 System Image I would have the same problem as you.

UPDATE : This recent article Speeding Up the Android Emaulator on Intel Architectures explains how to use/install correctly the intel system images to speed up the emulator.


What I show in the picture is for Android 4.2, as it was the original question, but is true for every versions of Android.

Of course (as @RedPlanet said), if you are developing for MIPS CPU devices you have to install the "MIPS System Image".

Finally, as @SeanJA said, you have to restart eclipse to see the new installed images. But for me, I always restart a software which I updated to be sure it takes into account all the modifications, and I assume it is a good practice to do so.

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answered Oct 13, 2015 by sameer rathore
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This can happen when:

  • You have multiple copies of the Android SDK installed on your machine. You may be updating the available images and devices for one copy of the Android SDK, and trying to debug or run your application in another.

    If you're using Eclipse, take a look at your "Preferences | Android | SDK Location". Make sure it's the path you expect. If not, change the path to point to where you think the Android SDK is installed.

  • You don't have an Android device setup in your emulator as detailed in other answers on this page.

answered Oct 13, 2015 by rajeshujade
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I had the same problem while creating AVD with 4.2.2 images, I resolved it by doing the following :

  1. Check if there exist a "default" folder in adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20131030\sdk\system-images\android-17.

  2. If it exists then move the contents(downloaded system images) of the "default" folder to adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20131030\sdk\system-images\android-17.

Hope this helps.

answered Oct 13, 2015 by shikhar jain
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There is a new possible error for this one related to the latest Android Wear technology. I was trying to get an emulator started for the wear SDK in preparation for next week. The API level only supports it in the latest build of 4.4.2 KitKat.

So if you are using something such as the wearable, it starts the default off still in Eclipse as 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Be sure that your target matches the lowest possible supported target. For the wearables its the latest 19 KitKat.

answered Oct 13, 2015 by amit.gupta