In my experience, every Android emulator normally uses the Latin (English) IME for character input. An exception to this is the 3.x emulator. I do not know if this varies by SDK version or by OS, but I have seen this emulator differs from the others in that the default input method, randomly, uses the Pinyin/Chinese character set.

I apologize for my ignorance in that I do not know exactly what Pinyin applies to, but a a quick google search seems to imply that it “is the official phonetic system for transcribing the sound of Chinese characters into Latin script…".

As I do not know Chinese, the emulator defaulting to Pinyin is problematic for me.

I have found that the easiest way to disable the Pinyin IME is to do what user sergeytch describes in this Stack Overflow article.¬†This method is a bit brute force because it deletes the Pinyin IME entirely, but it does work.¬† When I’ve run into this issue, it seems there is no other easy way to disable Pinyin.

> adb shell
# mount -rw -o remount /dev/block/mtdblock0 /system
# rm /system/app/PinyinIME.apk