If you want to install Android open source solution on x86 machines or x64 computers, you may wish to install Android-x86, which currently base on Android Oreo 8.1. Although many projects are running Android on PCs, most of them are closed, and related promotion apps will be implanted. Android-x86 may not be fast in updating but promises to provide a clean, safe, and open Android version.
Recently, the Android-x86 team released the latest candidate public version based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Although it is not yet the final release version, it is already very close to the official version. This candidate version brings many new features of Android Oreo, including smoother background management, smarter notifications, smart text selection, and more.
Also, the project has also added its features. Android-x86 supports booting and installation from the UEFI system. Also, it also supports a wide range of hardware, including multi-touch screens, audio, WiFi, Bluetooth, cameras, and more. It helps a free windowing mode, meaning that you can use the app like a regular window on the desktop, and the taskbar uses a navigation bar experience that desktop users are very familiar.
The 8.1-r1 release is based on the latest Android 8.1.0 Oreo MR1 release (8.1.0_r60). The features include:
- Support both 64-bit and 32-bit kernel and userspace with latest LTS kernel 4.19.15.
- Support OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Intel, AMD, Nvidia and QEMU(virgl) by Mesa 18.3.1.
- Support OpenGL ES 2.0 via SwiftShader for software rendering on unsupported GPU devices.
- Support hardware accelerated codecs on devices with Intel HD & G45 graphics family.
- Support secure booting from UEFI and installing to UEFI disk.
- A text based GUI installer.
- Add theme support to GRUB-EFI.
- Support Multi-touch, Audio, Wifi, Bluetooth, Sensors, Camera and Ethernet (DHCP only).
- Auto-mount external usb drive and sdcard.
- Add Taskbar as an alternative launcher which puts a start menu and recent apps tray on top of your screen and support freeform window mode.
- Enable ForceDefaultOrientation on devices without known sensors. Portrait apps can run in a landscape device without rotating the screen.
- Support arm arch apps via the native bridge mechanism. (Settings -> Android-x86 options)
- Support to upgrade from non-official releases.
- Add experimental Vulkan support for newer Intel and AMD GPUs. (Boot via Advanced options -> Vulkan support)
- Mouse integration support for VMs including VirtualBox, QEMU, VMware and Hyper-V.