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.
Android-x86 4.0 RC1 Released (Based On Ice Cream Sandwich)
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2012-03-01 11:21 pmbroken_symlink
It says on their site that this release should work in virtualbox.
2012-03-02 11:53 amFabimaru
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
2012-03-02 2:56 pmbroken_symlink
ethernet works for me on ics. did you download the 20120130 iso? because, in one of the builds ethernet doesn’t work on virtualbox.
2012-03-02 1:09 ambroken_symlink
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.
2012-03-03 8:06 amglarepate
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.
2012-03-03 2:31 pmbroken_symlink
i figured it out and got the mouse to show up.
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?
2012-03-01 11:19 pmbroken_symlink
If you don’t currently own an android device but are considering buying one and want to try android out first?
2012-03-04 7:47 amabubasim
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.)
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.
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
The eeepc iso doesn’t work properly. My mouse, wifi, graphics card, even my webcam worked on my 1005PE; my keyboard didn’t.
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.