Bliss OS, an Android OS for x86 PCs, adds ARM64 emulation, Magisk support, and prepares an Android 11 rebase

Bliss OS, an Android OS for x86 PCs, adds ARM64 emulation, Magisk support, and prepares an Android 11 rebase

Android is best known as an OS for smartphones, but Google’s operating system can be found on millions of devices with nontraditional form factors. Microsoft is allegedly working to bring Android app support to Windows 10 using the Windows Subsystem for Linux, but community developers have been working for years to support Android on x86 platforms. The Android-x86 project is the most well-known community-led effort to bring Android to your PC, but there’s also Bliss OS on the more bleeding-edge side of things. Team Bliss has recently updated Bliss OS to versions 11.12 and 11.13, bringing support for ARM64 emulation and Magisk.

XDA Recognized Contributor electrikjesus announced the release of the new builds over on the Bliss ROMs development forum. The most significant new addition is the ARM64 houdini from Chrome OS 86, which refers to the ARM translation layer for x86 used by Chrome OS to run ARM Android apps on Chromebooks. With this, the developers say that most ARM64 Android apps will work, though there are still issues with armeabi-v7a apps. In addition, the included Gearlock, a custom recovery replacement for Android-x86 builds, allows you to swap out the included Linux kernel and Mesa 3D graphics library on-the-fly in case you have compatibility issues. For example, you can configure the alsa-audio preset to fix any audio-related issues you might have. Lastly, you can install topjohnwu’s Magisk for root access and to play around with the plethora of Modules available online.


Last but not least, developer electrikjesus is teasing the upcoming release of Bliss OS 14 based on Android 11. There’s no ETA on when to expect the build to drop, but keep an eye out on the XDA forum thread linked below for news on the release.

Bliss OS for PC Forum Thread

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.