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Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

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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Average visitor rating: 7.32/10 from 38 review(s).

Android-x86 Summary
Distribution Android-x86
Home Page http://www.android-x86.org/
Mailing Lists http://groups.google.com/group/android-x86
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.android-x86.org/documents
Screenshots http://www.android-x86.org/screenshotDistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://www.android-x86.org/download
Bug Tracker http://code.google.com/p/android-x86/issues/list
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with 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
 • More Android-x86 headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 9.0-rc1 8.1-r3 7.1-r1 6.0-r3 4.4-r4
Release Date 2019-11-15 2019-10-30 2018-03-08 2017-04-24 2016-01-23
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 700-1000 600-900 600-900 300-500  
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Android Android Android Android Android
Package Management -- -- -- -- --
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Init Software other other other other other
Journaled File Systems          
Asian Language Support          
Full Package List          
Package 9.0-rc1 8.1-r3 7.1-r1 6.0-r3 4.4-r4
abiword (3.0.4)          
alsa-lib (          
ati-driver (18.30)          
bash (5.0)          
bind (9.15.7)          
chromium (79.0.3945.130)          
cups (2.3.1)          
dhcp (4.4.1)          
e2fsprogs (1.45.5)          
firefox (72.0.1)          
freetype (2.10.1)          
gcc (9.2.0)          
gimp (2.10.14)          
glibc (2.30)          
gnome-shell (3.34.3)          
gnucash (3.8b)          
gnumeric (1.12.46)          
grub (2.04)     2.02    
gtk (3.24.13)          
httpd (2.4.41)          
inkscape (0.92.4)          
k3b (19.12.1)          
kmod (26)          
krita (          
libreoffice (6.3.4)          
linux (5.4.13) 4.19.80 4.19.50 4.9.90 4.4.62 4.0.9
Package 9.0-rc1 8.1-r3 7.1-r1 6.0-r3 4.4-r4
lxpanel (0.10.0)          
mariadb (10.4.11)          
mate-desktop (1.22.2)          
mesa (19.3.2)   18.3.6   17.04  
mysql (8.0.19)          
nautilus (3.34.2)          
NVIDIA (440.44)          
openbox (3.6.1)          
openjdk (13.0.1)          
openssh (8.1p1)   7.5p1   6.8p1 5.9p1
openssl (1.1.1d)         1.0.1e
perl (5.30.1)          
php (7.4.1)          
plasma-desktop (5.17.5)          
postfix (3.4.8)          
postgresql (12.1)          
Python (3.8.1)          
qt (5.14.0)          
samba (4.11.4)          
systemd (244)          
thunderbird (68.4.1)          
vim (8.2)          
vlc (3.0.8)          
xfdesktop (4.14.2)          
xorg-server (1.20.7)          

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Version: 8.1-r3
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-01-07
Votes: 0

I have got used to all the quirks, have installed dozens of apps (that allow a rooted platform) including apps of great importance for me, and when I also found that I could install Fedora Linux inside Termux inside Android-X86 I decided that within some decades, this will be the main way to use Linux and use apps when all others are in the museum, including MsWndows and native Linux. It is extremely practical and unique and awesome, that's why I rate it as "10", though in 2020 one must still have a native Linux for speed and increased RAM to the Linux.

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Version: 9.0-rc1
Rating: 7
Date: 2020-01-06
Votes: 1

I had trouble installing it manually in Virtual Box (V6.x under Ubuntu 18.04) but I found a pre-configured virtualbox iso and it works OK. It requires 2GB RAM tho just for the VM.

It's not ready for prime time and doesn't claim to be. My company designs apps that control lighting from a phone, and it's fun to have the option of controlling mine via my PC instead. Sometimes the apps work and sometimes they don't. The OS is clunky and unpredictable, but in a fun way, and gets a little better every version. But if you think you are going to get work done on this, the way you do on your phone, you will be disappointed.

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Version: 8.1-r2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-10-01
Votes: 9

The android-x86_64-8.1-r2 best fits to my Thikpad T430. Perfectly working, very stable and very fast on a 64GB SSD, and also on a 32GB microSD with card reader. Only a few APKs could not boot.

Also installed RPM package (android-x86-8.1-r2.x86_64.rpm) into MX Linux .
The following commands automatically build a dual boot system with the entry of android on grub menu:
$ fakeroot alien -dc android-x86-8.1-r2.x86_64.rpm
$ sudo dpkg -i android-x86_8.1-1_amd64.deb

The dual boot system works flawlessly and I love it.

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