November 21, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
You may already have heard of the Android-X86 Project, which aims to port the Android Open Source Project to the x86 platform. Although it’s already possible to run Android apps on a PC via BlueStacks or use an emulator such as Jar Of Beans, the x86 project would allow you to install Android on your PC as a fully fledged OS and dual boot alongside Windows, Linux or both.
XDA Senior Member kaptinkrunk has done exactly this, and has written up a tutorial for anyone else who may wish to follow suit. The tutorial takes you through the steps required to perform a live testing, which is useful for seeing exactly what does and doesn’t work. As this is still in development and far from finished, you may very well need to try different builds depending on the machine you intend to install this on. The guide then covers the steps you need to take to actually install Android onto your PC, as you would any other operating system. Kaptinkrunk also provides a wealth of links to various sites with information about the project, so be sure to read up and look for any info pertinent to your particular machine before simply diving in, as it may save you some time further down the line.
Head on over to the original tutorial thread for more info.
March 18, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
The Android-x86 Project has done a lot of impressive work porting the Android OS to devices with x86 processors. When the project started a lot of users downloaded their semi-functional Android 1.6 ‘Donut’ image and installed it, myself included. The build was intriguing to say the least, and was rather simple to install. The Project saw a lot of updates over the following months and the build became more and more functional. Now, the wizards from the Android-x86 Project have done it again with a magical build of Ice Cream Sandwich, fresh and ready to install on your x86 device.
ICS is a more versatile OS than Donut was and it lends itself to use on a netbook much better than its predecessors. The build was first spotted running on an Asus X101 netbook in a how-to video at Asus Campus Life. According to the release notes, the ICS build (Android version 4.0.3) supports multi-touch, sound, WiFi, Bluetooth, built-in cameras, G-sensors and even OpenGL hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets.
If you’d like to give it a try on your netbook, laptop or other x86 device, head over to the Android-x86 Project Release Note page and download an image of the latest build. It can be installed via USB or CD as a multi-boot OS option, so be sure to make a backup of your device before installation.