Android-x86 is an open-source project aimed at porting Android OS from the smartphones into the x-86 platform. This project was formerly known as “patch-hosting-for-android-x86-support” aimed at bringing Android to your PC.
The developers have now announced the release of the 8.1-rc1 version to the public. This update is their first public candidate for Android-x86 8.1 which is based on the Android Oreo operating system.
The 8.1-rc1 release provides support for both the 64-bit and the 32-bit architecture with the addition of OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for GPUs of Intel, AMD, and Nvidia with the Mesa 3D graphics library.
Virtual machines by VMware and QEMU are also supported by Mesa 18.1.2. Devices which aren’t supported by GPUs are provided with OpenGL ES 2.0 through SwiftShader for the rendering of software.
Furthermore, devices with Intel HD and G45 graphics are supported with hardware accelerated codecs. This release provides the user with the ability to secure boot from UEFI and also installing to the UEFI disk. It comes with a text-based GUI installer for easier accessibility. They’ve even added support for themes on GRUB-EFI.
A few prominent features included in this release are the addition of support for Multi-touch, Audio, Wifi, Bluetooth, Sensors, Camera and Ethernet (DHCP only), ability to auto-mount external USB devices and SD cards, extends support for ARM architecture apps through the native bridge mechanism which can be set via the Android-x86 options in the settings.
The taskbar can now be added as an alternative launcher which sets the start menu and the recently used apps inside a tray on top of the screen and supports freeform window mode. For the devices without known sensors, ForceDefaultOrientation has been enabled. There’s even an option to run portrait apps on a landscape device without actually rotating the screen.
Install Android Oreo on your PC
- Get a USB Drive in FAT-32 format
- Download the ISO files from here.
- Connect the USB drive to your computer
- Open the program Rufus. It will detect the connected USB drive.
- Choose the “ISO Image”.
- Now click on ‘Start’.
- The Rufus will flash Android x86 to the USB pen drive
- Restart your computer, enter the BIOS or UEFI and boot from pen drive.
This feature-packed release of 8.1-rc1 contains four files you can choose from depending on your device. 64-bit ISO is the goto file for most of the modern devices and for older devices, 32-bit ISO may be suitable.