Android-x86’s stable Android 8.1 Oreo image is now available
Back in June, we wrote about the Android-x86 project releasing the first version of Android 8.1 Oreo for PCs. For those that don’t know, Android-x86 is a project that aims to get Android working on Intel and AMD x86 PCs. Since that first Android Oreo release in June, they released a second RC build and now they are ready for the stable launch.
The team has added or exposed plenty of features that make Android work a little better on PCs, such as a freeform window mode. They are using Linux kernel 4.19.15, OpenGL ES 3.0 hardware acceleration on Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA graphics, and Vulkan support is included as well, though it’s still experimental. You can also run Android-x86 with UEFI Secure Boot enabled. Here is the full list of key features;
- 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.
This stable release can be run on 64-bit and 32-bit x86 systems as a bootable CD/USB image. Visit the source link below to read the full release notes and find the pre-built images.