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Android-x86 Project: Discover Android on your computer!

You have surely heard a lot about this open source operating system. If you don’t have an Android Smartphone or mobile device operating this system, then you can nevertheless still get an idea of what the OS is about by testing it on your computer (X86 architecture). In this article we will show you how you can discover Android on your machine – PC, MAC or Linux via a LiveCD or through the full installation of the OS (read/write) on a Flash drive or dedicated boot partition.

Android-x86 Project: Discover Android on your computer!

December 31st, 2011 - 06:10 pm ET by

Why test Android on your computer?
The Open Source Android-x86 project is a solution allowing you to run Android on any computer based on x86 architecture. There are a few reasons why you may want to do this. This transport version is a good opportunity for novice users to discover the Linux based operating system purchased by Google in 2007 dedicated to Smartphones, PDA’s, tablets and mobile handsets. Next, if you are looking at getting a mobile phone running the Android operating system, this is a good way of discovering its graphical interface beforehand so that you can see if it meets your needs. It is also possible to run a light and quick operating system on a netbook, for example, while still benefitting from an enormous library of available programs which have either been released or are still being developed by software designers.

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Using a LiveCD to get an idea of the OS, or even look at a full installation!
In this article, we will move through the procedure to test Android x86 via a LiveCD or full installation on your hardware without changing your current OS installation (burned CD or via virtualisation). We will also look at another more complete solution which allows you to both read and write information. In this second case, you won’t be able to install applications from the Android Market (not compatible with Androidx86) but rather the equivalent App Store just as easily, and in the same way, as on a mobile phone. Finally, we will also look at the interface and all of the functions that come with it in this project.

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