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Android-x86 is an unofficial initiative to port Google's Android mobile operating system to run on devices powered by Intel and AMD x86 processors, rather than RISC-based ARM chips. The project began as a series of patches to the Android source code to enable Android to run on various netbooks and ultra-mobile PCs, particularly the ASUS Eee PC.

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Android-x86 Summary
Distribution Android-x86
Home Page http://www.android-x86.org/
Mailing Lists http://groups.google.com/group/android-x86
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Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.android-x86.org/documents
Screenshots http://www.android-x86.org/screenshotDistroWatch Gallery
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Bug Tracker http://code.google.com/p/android-x86/issues/list
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-04-25: Distribution Release: Android-x86 6.0-r3
 • 2016-09-17: Distribution Release: Android-x86 6.0-r1
 • 2016-06-09: Development Release: Android-x86 6.0 RC1
 • 2016-02-06: Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4-r5
 • 2016-01-23: Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4-r4
 • 2015-10-07: Development Release: Android-x86 5.1 RC1
 • 2015-07-18: Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4-r3
 • 2015-01-01: Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4-r2
 • 2014-08-09: Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4
 • 2014-05-21: Development Release: Android-x86 4.4 RC2
 • 2014-02-15: Development Release: Android-x86 4.4 RC1
 • More Android-x86 releases...

 •2016-05-26 Oracle vs Google case concludes
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Feature 6.0-r3 4.4-r4
Release Date 2017-04-24 2016-01-23
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 358-451  
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Android Android
Package Management -- --
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software other other
Journaled File Systems    
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List    
Package 6.0-r3 4.4-r4
abiword (3.0.2)    
alsa-lib (1.1.5)    
ati-driver (16.40)    
bash (4.4.18)    
bind (9.12.0)    
chromium (64.0.3282.167)    
cups (2.2.6)    
dhcp (4.4.0)    
e2fsprogs (1.43.9)    
firefox (58.0.2)    
freetype (2.9)    
gcc (7.3.0)    
gimp (2.8.22)    
glibc (2.27)    
gnome-shell (3.26.2)    
gnucash (2.6.19)    
gnumeric (1.12.38)    
grub (2.02)    
gtk+ (3.22.28)    
httpd (2.4.29)    
inkscape (0.92.2)    
k3b (17.12.2)    
kmod (25)    
libgnome (2.32.1)    
libreoffice (6.0.1)    
linux (4.15.4) 4.4.62 4.0.9
Package 6.0-r3 4.4-r4
lxde-common (0.99.2)    
mariadb (10.2.13)    
mate-desktop (1.20.0)    
mesa (17.3.5) 17.04  
mysql (5.7.21)    
nautilus (3.26.2)    
NVIDIA (390.25)    
openbox (3.6.1)    
openjdk (8u161)    
openssh (7.6p1) 6.8p1 5.9p1
openssl (1.1.0g)   1.0.1e
perl (5.26.1)    
php (7.2.2)    
plasma-desktop (5.12.2)    
postfix (3.2.5)    
postgresql (10.2)    
Python (3.6.4)    
qt (5.10.1) -- --
samba (4.7.5)    
systemd (237)    
thunderbird (52.6.0)    
vim (8.0)    
vlc (3.0.0)    
xfdesktop (4.12.4)    
xorg-server (1.19.6)    

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Version: 6.0-r3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-17
Votes: 0

I have been using android x86 for a while now, but it has really come on leaps and bounds. The current version, 7.1 r1 is the best version yet. I am using it as my daily driver on my Lenovo x230 laptop and it has been running fantastic. I am not missing Windows or even linux because android just runs so well. For example under linux on this laptop I always got screen tearing out of the box and sound issues and some of the function keys would not be recognised. On android x86 there is no screen tearing, no sound issues and all the function keys work. The android operating system is very easy to use and fairly light on resources. The new taskbar launcher gives you the option of a more traditional desktop interface, wth resziable windows and multi-tasking. I tend to use the nova launcher though, because I can still launch multi window easily enough using the app window manager (onscreen square button).

Most apps run well. A problem with previous versions of android x86 up to but not including the 7.1 rc2 release candidate was apps that were designed for portrait mode would appear horizontal on screen so you couldn't use them properly. (Without standing your laptop on end, or turning your head on end :-) ). This has now been fixed so that apps are displayed in the correct orientation, but they don't stretch to fill the screen (as they would if they supported landscape). However at least they are now usable.

They have also added a CTRL-ALT-DELETE option to bring up the power controls. Power off and restart. Previously you would have to hold down the power button to do this.

I do get the occasional Google Play Services error, but this is mentioned in the release notes and doesn't effect performance.

Overall I am very impressed with this release. Android x86 just keeps getting better and better. For me at least, it is easily good enough to use as a daily driver.

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Version: 6.0-r3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-13
Votes: 5

Very nice system, in my laptop (dell) works fine, I tried enable the session with a password and is a bit difficult to log on when you don`t have a touchscreen (slide the finger over the pad not always unlock). If add a pc system like logon would be greatfull. I´m trying 7.1 rc2.
I recomended to use it, try it and keep up to date more and more. Good work Android-x86 team!

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Version: 6.0-r3
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-11
Votes: 7

The version 7.1.2 rc2 is amazing, I installed on an Inspiron 1018 a works great.
The system is complete and ready to use for a desktop user with the goal to install android apps.
It need more in teerms of security, firewall and HDD access encryption.

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