Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Cyanogen Inc. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below! CyanogenMod is widely recognized across XDA for its solid performance, great feature set and far-reaching (and also long-lasting) support for all sorts of devices, from...
Android on Intel Updated to 4.4.2, Available Now for the Dell XPS12 and Intel NUC
As you are undoubtedly aware, the vast majority of Android devices run on some variant of the ARM architecture. Despite this, Intel has been hard at work on the Android on Intel project. Intel’s efforts have resulted in the release of Android 4.4.2, which can be installed now on the Dell XPS12 and Intel NUC.
This build, which is labeled as android-4.4.2_r1-ia0, features a 64-bit kernel optimized for Intel architecture. But unlike previous Android on Intel releases, this build is unfortunately not available as a generic UEFI image. Instead it is only available on the XPS12 and Intel NUC. Despite this, it’s still nice to see progress being made to extend the scope of the Android Platform. We also can’t imagine that porting this release to other UEFI devices on similar hardware would be prohibitively difficult.
If you happen to own an XPS12 and/or Intel NUC, or just simply want to download their builds to play around with and possibly port, head over to the IA-4.4.2_r1 release page.
Does the Android on Intel project have any value to you? Would you like to have your smartphone running on some variant of the x86 instruction set, or do native app compatibility issues make this a no-go? Would dual-booting Android on your Windows-powered desktop/laptop/tablet be ideal in certain circumstances? Let us know in the comments below.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
There are tons of choices to choose from when looking for a great alarm app for Android. While the stock Clock app for AOSP does the job, it may lack some of the more advanced features from competitors. Let us know what your favorite alarm clock app is for Android and why.
Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...