Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:29 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
OSNews, Generic OSes The Android x86 team has released Android x86 4.0 RC1, based on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and features support for multi-touch, Wifi, audio, bluetooth, G-sensor and camera, OpenGL hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets, Kernel 3.0.8 with KMS enabled and more. Android-x86 is a project that provides Android support for x86, making it easy to install it on netbooks or laptops. You can use it like any other Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device: install applications from the Android Market, add widgets and so on.
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Comment by robojerk
by robojerk on Thu 1st Mar 2012 23:17 UTC
robojerk
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2006-01-10

Let me know if this works in a virtual machine?

I tried using the Gingerbread release, and sadly found out the hardware support is very very limited, and didn't work in a VM.

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RE: Comment by robojerk
by broken_symlink on Thu 1st Mar 2012 23:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by robojerk"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

It says on their site that this release should work in virtualbox.

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RE[2]: Comment by robojerk
by Fabimaru on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 11:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by robojerk"
Fabimaru Member since:
2009-01-29

I tried it on VirtualBox. Android 3 and 4 for x86 does not support Ethernet. Android 2.2 does.

I have a dvorak keyboard and it's a pain (I have to plug a french keyboard). I could not get an On-screen keyboard to be displayed (I installed Anysoft keyboard, but it did not change anything).

Many applications failed to install (Mapdroyd, Ankidroid...).

edit: So it's a bit disappointing (I thought about developping using this version, because it's faster than an emulator).

Edited 2012-03-02 11:54 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by robojerk
by broken_symlink on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 14:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by robojerk"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

ethernet works for me on ics. did you download the 20120130 iso? because, in one of the builds ethernet doesn't work on virtualbox.

http://www.android-dev.ro/2012/02/22/android-x86-virtualbox-support...

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RE: Comment by robojerk
by broken_symlink on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 01:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by robojerk"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

it installs and boots. i have no idea how you use it though, because there doesn't seem to be any cursor for the mouse.

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RE[2]: Comment by robojerk
by glarepate on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 08:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by robojerk"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

On the page you provided a link to (for the iso that has working ethernet) it says:

"I have tested on Lubuntu host and mouse worked only if i disabled mouse integration."

I'm on Slackware and I haven't seen the option to disable mouse support ; I'm still downloading the updated ISO image.

I have a trackpad that attaches via serial port and am planning on trying that but haven't yet attached or tested it.

So far I have been running apps by moving between them (and through them once I start them) with the Tab and shift-Tab keys. Escape will release you from some apps but not all.

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RE[2]: Comment by robojerk
by broken_symlink on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 14:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by robojerk"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

i figured it out and got the mouse to show up.

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Why?
by gehersh on Thu 1st Mar 2012 23:18 UTC
gehersh
Member since:
2006-01-03

That's a great news indeed. If only anyone can explain why do I need to install it on a laptop instead of, say, having dual-boot Windows and some of the Linux distributions?

G.

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RE: Why?
by broken_symlink on Thu 1st Mar 2012 23:19 UTC in reply to "Why? "
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

If you don't currently own an android device but are considering buying one and want to try android out first?

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RE[2]: Why?
by abubasim on Sun 4th Mar 2012 07:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Why? "
abubasim Member since:
2008-10-16

Exactly! I tried it out and it helped convincing me that my next phone after the iPhone 4 will NOT be an iPhone 4S. It will be one with ICS! (Hoping Sony XPERIA S comes with ICS or gets it soon.)

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Comment by stabbyjones
by stabbyjones on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 00:03 UTC
stabbyjones
Member since:
2008-04-15

Been running this on a samsung np-n110 netbook and I love it.

I prefer android on my phone but as a netbook it's actually very usable.

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by kurkosdr on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 10:12 UTC
kurkosdr
Member since:
2011-04-11

PROTIP: When writing about niche/experimental OSes (Android x86, Haiku etc), always put a link that leads to the hardware compatibility list.

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.2; el-gr; LG-P990 Build/FRG83G) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1 MMS/LG-Android-MMS-V1.0/1.2

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Eee PC iso failure
by tidux on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 17:22 UTC
tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

The eeepc iso doesn't work properly. My mouse, wifi, graphics card, even my webcam worked on my 1005PE; my keyboard didn't.

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