ShahiM ShahiM - 6 months ago 87
Android Question

Cannot install debug and release version on same device

I have configured build variants in my project with

so that I can install both debug and release versions on my device.
here is my
(relevant parts):

buildTypes {
debug {
buildConfigField "String", "BASE_URL", '""'

applicationIdSuffix ".debug"
release {
buildConfigField "String", "BASE_URL", '""'
minifyEnabled false
proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), ''

But when I try to install both, it fails. I tried different ways:

1. Generated both debug and release apks and transferred them to my phone storage. The first one installs, and the second one gives an error "App not installed" - no further info. This is the same no matter which version I install first.

2. Installed debug version from storage, then tried to install release version from play store, but play store gives error :

cant install app error code:-505.

3. Installed release version from store, and then tried running the project from android studio, and this is my 'run' log :

Launching app
$ adb push D:\myPROJECTS\MyApp\app\build\outputs\apk\app-debug.apk /data/local/tmp/com.example.myapp.debug
$ adb shell pm install -r "/data/local/tmp/com.example.myapp.debug"
java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: No implementation found for java.lang.String android.os.SystemProperties.native_get(java.lang.String) (tried Java_android_os_SystemProperties_native_1get and Java_android_os_SystemProperties_native_1get__Ljava_lang_String_2)
at android.os.SystemProperties.native_get(Native Method)
at android.os.SystemProperties.get(
at android.os.Environment$UserEnvironment.<init>(
at android.os.Environment.initForCurrentUser(
at android.os.Environment.<clinit>(
at android.os.Environment.getLegacyExternalStorageDirectory(
at android.os.Debug.<clinit>(
at android.ddm.DdmHandleHello.handleHELO(
at android.ddm.DdmHandleHello.handleChunk(
at org.apache.harmony.dalvik.ddmc.DdmServer.dispatch(
java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: android.os.Debug
at android.ddm.DdmHandleHello.handleFEAT(
at android.ddm.DdmHandleHello.handleChunk(
at org.apache.harmony.dalvik.ddmc.DdmServer.dispatch(
java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: android.os.Debug
at android.ddm.DdmHandleProfiling.handleMPRQ(
at android.ddm.DdmHandleProfiling.handleChunk(
at org.apache.harmony.dalvik.ddmc.DdmServer.dispatch(

$ adb shell am start -n "com.example.myapp.debug/com.example.myapp.LoginActivity" -a android.intent.action.MAIN -c android.intent.category.LAUNCHER
Error while executing: am start -n "com.example.myapp.debug/com.example.myapp.LoginActivity" -a android.intent.action.MAIN -c android.intent.category.LAUNCHER
Starting: Intent { act=android.intent.action.MAIN cat=[android.intent.category.LAUNCHER] cmp=com.example.myapp.debug/com.example.myapp.LoginActivity }
Error type 3
Error: Activity class {com.example.myapp.debug/com.example.myapp.LoginActivity} does not exist.

Error while Launching activity

any idea what is going on?

Update : don't know if it helps, but here is how I declared my launcher activity in

<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />


Okay, I figured out what was going on.

I was actually creating an unsigned apk for the debug variant (Build > Build APK). But I had to use (Build > Generate Signed APK) and then select the debug variant from the options.

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Also, when running the project on my device, gradle would be generating an unsigned apk. So that too wouldn't work. That is - unless I configure SigningConfigs as explained in this answer.