Android 8.1 Oreo Released for Computers

Android 8.1 Oreo (8.1-rc1)
Written by Hassan Abbas

The open-source project Android-x86, which is moving the Android operating system on a PC with the architecture of x86, announced the release of the first assembly based on Android 8.1 Oreo (8.1-rc1). In addition to supporting the latest version of the mobile platform with the main set of its functions, the update includes several useful innovations.

As the name implies, Android-x86 8.1-rc1 is the first so-called release candidate, so it’s not necessary to talk about stable build performance and no bugs. Despite this, the development team reported a significant optimization of the operating system and the addition of a number of important improvements. Of the latter, it is worth noting the support of its own taskbar with built-in application menu (almost like in Windows) instead of the usual three-button navigation, as well as a full multi-window mode.

Android 8.1 Oreo (8.1-rc1)

Android 8.1 Oreo (8.1-rc1)

What appeared in Android-x86 based on 8.1 Oreo MR1:

  • Support for 64-bit and 32-bit kernel.
  • Support hardware acceleration OpenGL ES 3.x on devices with graphics Intel / AMD / NVIDIA, VMware, QEMU (virgl) and Mesa 18.1.2.
  • Support for codecs with hardware acceleration on devices with Intel HD and G45 graphics.
  • Support for OpenGL ES 2.0 via SwiftShader for processor rendering of software on devices without graphics system.
  • Support for secure UEFI downloads.
  • The text interface of the installer.
  • Support for GRUB-EFI.
  • Support multi-touch input, audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sensors, camera and Ethernet (only DHCP).
  • Automatic connection of external USB-drives and SD-cards.
  • ForceDefaultOrientation function for portrait applications in landscape orientation without rotating the screen.

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ISO-images of the first release candidate Android-x86 8.1 Oreo are available on the official website of the project. The release date of the stable version is not currently announced. Recall, you can install Android-x86 on your computer using a bootable USB-drive or try the operating system in the emulator (for example, via VirtualBox).

Source: Android-x86

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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