Android is a strong operating system used on tablets and phones. Have you ever wanted to try android on your notebook or desktop? It’s possible if you download it from the homepage of the Android x86 project.
Android is a kind of Linux operating system (Android kernel is based on Linux kernel) which is built mainly for 32-bit ARMv7 architecture. The image files above can be used on x86 architecture.
The main difference between Android and other operating systems is that Android is designed to manage memory to keep power consumption at a minimum. Android kills unused apps when the memory is full. It’s invisible for the user.
To tell the truth I have bad experience with Android on x86 notebook. I downloaded Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean).
You need to burn the image file to a disk then boot the notebook. In the boot options you can choose Run LiveCD or Install Android. I have tried both on different notebooks.
I had problem with both options.
First I tried the Live environment on a notebook and the process froze after 5 minutes. Then it froze again.
So I decided to install it on a Windows based tablet pc. It was a mistake. It was working but without touch screen. So I was forced to use that tablet in its cradle and connect usb keyboard and mouse. I had no fun.
I don’t think this project is bad. I think I had bad luck with two notebooks but I tried only one Android x86 version (4.3 Jelly Bean).
I would not recommend now to use Android on your notebook except for testing purposes. Surely there will time when everything works perfectly with everything but we still have to wait.
Do you have experience with Android x86 operating systems? Have you tried Android on your notebook already?