Bliss OS based on Android Pie for x86 PCs now comes with the Google Play Store
Although Android dominates the mobile OS industry, Google has never officially dipped its toes into the PC space. Thankfully, Android’s open-source nature and versatility let developers get creative and port the OS to many officially unsupported devices. For example, the developers of Bliss ROMs maintain a version of Android Pie for x86 PCs and laptops. I am a member of their Telegram group and I know the team has been hard at work squashing bugs to make Bliss OS as reliable as possible. They released a new version, 11.8, which now includes the Google Play Store.
XDA Recognized Developer electrikjesus told me the update was delayed due to problems with GsfProxy and GsfLogin working with the standard x86 GMS Core. The team had to use the non-x86 version of them with the latest Houdini (Intel’s ARM compatibility library) from ChromeOS to make the Play Store compatible. They also had to disable the Setup Wizard because it was crashing on PCs without Wi-Fi. Here is a very stripped down version of the changelog:
- Notification actions are stable;
- Bluetooth updates & fixes;
- Power buttons working on many more devices (still no sleep state);
- Some upstream updates from Project Celadon, Android-x86 & PHH-Treble.
You can download the latest version from the official website for Bliss ROMs. It is completely free, but you can donate to the developers to support their work. The developer promises that the team will continue supporting the non-Google FOSS version of Bliss OS x86, too. The XDA thread is linked below which includes a full list of features, known issues, and all the changelogs. Make sure to check them out before installing the OS on your PC.