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Android emulators are great for developing BluetoothLE applications. The trick is getting the Android emulator to recognize the BluetoothLE adapter.

What you’ll need:

  • Androidx86 iso from android-x86.org I used the 4.4 release candidate
  • Virtual Machine software: I used Oracle VirtualBox
  • A BluetoothLE USB adapter: I used the Cirago Bluetooth 4.0 USB Mini Adapter (BTA8000)
  • Android SDK for debugging
  • Install VirtualBox
  • Download Androidx86
  • Open VirtualBox and create a new machine. Set type to linux/other(32bit)
  • Set the virtual machine’s memory and harddrive space to whatever you need (but at least the minimum specs for Android).
  • When asked for the OS image, select the Androidx86 image you download from Androidx86.org
  • When the virtual machine boots, choose to install Android.
  • When the installation completes, shutdown the Android virtual machine and unmount the iso image
  • Plug in the Bluetooth USB adapter and add it to the Android Virtual Machine’s settings
  • Start the Android Virtual Machine and go through the start-up screens to configure Android for use
  • In the Android VM go to the settings and enable BluetoothLE (if this fails reboot the VM and try to enable again)

Chris Larson

I fell in love with running after I committed to running a 5k everyday during the month of September. Now I'm training for my first Marathon on October 1st, 2017.

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