December 2, 2009
Android x86

Android x86

For those that love Android, or perhaps are a little too impatient, we bring you news that it has now become that little bit easier to run Android on your netbook or laptop. As you may know, much of the Android source code is available which means porting it to other devices with an x86-based processor has been possible for some time now. However, getting the Android source code to run on a new machine is not for the faint of heart. Thankfully, now there is a much easier way, thanks to ‘Android-x86 project.’

It is now possible to download their latest version, which is based on Google Android 1.6, also affectionately known as Donut. The software has a few additions and tweaks in it to make the operating system run more fluidly on the x86 architecture. For example, it supports OpenGL graphics and screen resolutions that are typically much larger than those found on smartphones. There is support for Bluetooth, Ethernet, and WiFi, among other things. The best part is probably the auto-mounting of USB and flash cards. No need for the command line here.

So, if you haven’t tried Android yet and are a little bit computer savvy, this might be a cheap and easy way for you to get going.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.
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