It is bit long process but I found a blog which having step by step instruction to install android emulator on ubuntu.s
Check this blog Run Android Emulator on Ubuntu 13.04:
Install Whatsapp in Ubuntu/Linux
12/29/2013, atularvind, Comment closed
Most of Android phone have “Whatsapp” application installed and
running. this post is for PC freak who need to install the whatsapp
mobile app on the ubuntu/linux. Whats app Ubuntu
Here is the few easy steps for How to Install Whatsapp in the
ubuntu/linux. You don't need to be a programmer for installing
whatsapp in ubuntu. what we are going to do is installing the android
emulator and in it we will install whats app.
- You need to install android emulator, for that you need to download Here is the guide that describe how to install android emulator in the
- After installing & running the android emulator you need to open a browser in it.
Whats app android+ ubuntu
In the browser open Google and search for “what app for android“. or go to the link http://www.whatsapp.com/android/ for downloading
whatsapp apk file. click on Download now.
After Downloading the file install the whatsapp Apk file under your emulator.
Whatsapp will ask for mobile varification. choose your country and enter your mobile number, in order to verify the mobile SIM card.
After the SIM varification whatsapp will ask for the personal information like photo, name. and click next in order to complete the
After following This steps you can use the whats app under the any
version of Ubuntu.
Copy of https://web.archive.org/web/20130805194456/http://linuxicle.blogspot.com/2013/06/how-to-run-android-emulator-on-ubuntu.html from the above article:
Monday, May 13, 2013
How to install/run Android emulator on Ubuntu or Debian
Here is guide on how to run Android emulator on Ubuntu or Debian.
Android emulator comes with Android SDK, and therefore you need to
install Android SDK. Follow the steps below to install Android SDK on
Android SDK requires Java JDK. Therefore install Java JDK first.
To install Java JDK on Ubuntu or Debian:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk
To install Java JDK on CentOS, Fedora or RHEL, first set up Repoforge
repository on your system, and then run the following.
sudo yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel
Now download Android SDK ADT bundle from Android official site. Unzip
the downloaded ADT bundle, and copy the sdk directory to your
preferred location. Here I assume that the installation directory of
Android SDK is ~/android-sdks.
For 64-bit Linux user: you must install another prerequisite called
ia32-libs since Android emulator is 32-bit software. The ia32-libs
package contains a set of runtime libraries for the ia32/i386
architecture, configured for use on a 64-bit kernel. On 64-bit Linux,
the mksdcard utility which creates SD cards will fail without this
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
While using ia32-libs, if you encounter any error with 32-bit
libGL.so, do the following:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1.2.0 /usr/lib/libGL.so
In order to run Android emulator, you first need to create a new AVD
(Android Virtual Device) which is an emulator configuration for the
Android device to be emulated. To create a new AVD, first launch
Android SDK Manager by running the following.
Go to “Tools” > “Manage AVDs” on Android SDK Manager’s menu. It will
open up AVD Manager.
Click on “Add” button to create a new AVD. An example configuration of
a new AVD is shown below.
If an AVD has been successfully created, you will see the following
You can check the list of available AVDs as follows.
~/android-sdk/android list avds
Available Android Virtual Devices:
Target: Android 4.2 (API level 17)
To launch Android emulator with the AVD that you have created,
highlight the AVD on AVD Manager, and click on “Start” button on the
Alternatively, you can start Android emulator directly from command
line as follows. In this case, specify “
@[your_avd_name]” as an
argument to the emulator.
Booting up Android emulator may be slow (even taking minutes)
depending on your hardware. Once Android emulator is successfully
launched, you will see an running instance of Android device.
Have a Happy Droiding!
Edit: Genymotion is again a good option, this is the guide to Install GenyMotion in ubuntu 13.04
Another Edit (by someone else :) : Since the above genymotion link is dead and it is very good, here is a guide for 14.04:
First install virtualbox
sudo apt-get install virtualbox
Click below to register on Genymotion site, and download either 32bit or 64bit version depending on your hardware architecture (to find what you are using, you can read this)
Genymotion Registration Page
Change directory to where you downloaded the bin file and run following commands. Accept the default install path
chmod +x genymotion-2.2.2_x64.bin
Change directory to where genymotion was installed. The default is
Click Yes to add your first virtual device
Click Connect to login and install a device
Select desired device and click Next
Enter a name for your device and click Next
Wait until your virtual device is downloaded and deployed
Click Play to start the emulator