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Anyone installed Android to a PC? Any hints,tips?

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  Reply # 378757 11-Sep-2010 11:33
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peejayw: Anyone installed Android to a PC? Any hints,tips?


Yep! Back in July I installed "Androidx86" to a USB flash drive and booted it up on my Acer Laptop. It ran really well. Ethernet worked, but not the wifi. I think I had to run it in VESA mode. 

It's a port of Android v1.6...which is good enough as it runs almost everything. Screen resolution maxes at 800x600 (IIRC). Looks good enough. It runs REALLY fast as the laptop is 1.6GHz with 2.5GB of RAM.....much faster than any phone Android v1.6 was ever intended for. There appears to be a fair bit of activity at android-x86.org (note the dash)

App choice is limited to some extent as a laptop has no camera, no GPS, no gravity sensor or accelormeter...and no sdcard....and lacks some of the touch controls, but most of them are mapped to keys, so it doesn't matter too mucuh  But overall it's very usable and easily could be used as the primary OS on the PC once you go Documents to Go (MS office compatibilty if you need it) and Picsay Pro and a few other apps on it. Not sure about sound....I don't recall if it worked or not. I found I was constantly resisting the urge to touch the screen to open the app drawer. My brain has REALLY moved on from conventional PC interaction if it sees Android on the screen. 

They say they are working on an Android v2.1 or 2.2 port, but I haven't seen any signs of activity there (but haven't really been looking, either). 

I posted some pics in a thread here somewhere. Here are the pics. 

Androidx86 on Acer laptop




 


































Androidx86 browsing the Net on an Acer laptop












































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