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.
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).
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