Android is a flexible operating system which not only runs on smartphones but also a TV and other gadgets. However, when it comes to PC systems or Laptop, Google has never published any of its Android version for PC officially except its integration in Google Chrome OS; however, different developers keep doing that. Being an open source project, it is available for developers to play around which results in the Android x86.
What is Android x86?
Android x86 is an operating system based on the Android open source project. The difference with this OS is it has been ported by its developers for x86 platforms (32-bit or 64-bit architecture). It is also an open-source project.
Recently, the Android-x86 8.1-r2 released which is a second stable Android OS for PC of oreo-x86, which has set itself the goal of designing the ARM processor-based smartphone and tablet operating system. Being a 32-bit Android OS it also works easily on old laptops and desktop PCs as well. The best thing, it has an integration of the Google Play Store which makes very easy for users to install various Android apps on PC.
Android on laptops and desktops PC
Android x86 has become a base for various kinds of Android-based OS operating systems. Some of them are here: List of best Android PC OS.
It becomes the market-leading mobile operating system to the computer not actually designed for it. Depending on the existing driver support for the installed hardware can also use various functions of Android, such as the touch operation, mouse support or basic system functions such as the audio output.
It features disk installer, Multi-desktop, software to support mouse cursor, V4l2 Camera support, Audio (ALSA), Mirror mode on external monitors, Terminal Emulator, Bluetooth, G-sensor, Wifi support with GUI, Battery Status, External storage automount support and more…
Also, it comes with pre-installed Google standard apps and as mentioned the inclusion of Google Play Store. A list of tested and x86 based Android porting computers can be found on the project website. However, the compatibility of the OS with your own PC is not be guaranteed and the user needs to download and try it on own. So, it is recommended to back up your PC data before hopping into this open source project.
Moreover, the operating system is available in both ISO and VM image format, thus, rather installing it on actual PC use some virtual machine software such as VirtualBox and Vmware Workstation player. If you don’t know how to install it then you can see our tutorial: Install Android X86 on Virtual Box or Vmware Virtual Machines.
Apart from the latest Oreo version, previous releases that are based on old Android versions are also available to download and use on the official website. You can create a bootable DVD or USB drive for installing it. For making bootable USB, one can use software such as the Windows USB/DVD tool, Unetbootin or Universal USB installer, among other things.
Furthermore, if your sole purpose is to experience and run Android apps on Windows 10/7 operating systems without installing any new operating system then you can use Android emulators such as BlueStacks App Player, MEmu or NoxPlayer.
Download Android x86
This best Android PC operating system is available to download free of cost from the official website: Androidx86.org, download and try it.