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Here is how to install Android on your PC

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Here is how to install Android on your PC
Android is the world’s most prolific mobile operating system, and in a couple of years it might well become more popular than Windows with mobile devices ending up in almost every pocket. But what if you could install Android on not just your mobile device, but computer as well? Turns out, it is possible.

Having Android as your main computer operating system however is not guaranteed to work - driver support, and a ton of stuff may or may not be there, so it’d be best if you first try running Android via a USB drive to check compatibility.

Otherwise, all efforts to bring Android to PCs is courtesy of the Android-x86 project. Android is a Linux-based platform after all, so the core is there.

We have to stress that everything is still under development and not final, so this is more of an undertaking for tech enthusiasts rather than the average user.

Hit the source link right below for the complete tutorial and a bunch of links to read more about the project.

source: XDA Developers via Android Authority

Here is how to install Android on your PC

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posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:25 11

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nice info... But no thanks :)
I'm satisfied with my mountain lion :)

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:37 1

6. dickwyn (Posts: 598; Member since: 07 May 2012)


unless i have a touchscreen pc android on pc hardware is history

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 13:24 2

25. The_Innovation (Posts: 563; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I have best of both worlds. Mountain Lion Macbook Pro, and a Windows 8 PC desktop. But Android....only on mobile. Oh and as far as iOS...well...lol. It's a joke.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:42

27. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Actually the best of both worlds would be windows 7 and mac osx. windows 8 is just awful, unless it's on a touchscreen, then it's just frustrating and borderline unusable. Windows Phone is decent, but when there's an OS like android, why bother?

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 12:48

31. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


even windows 8 is much better on touchscreen devices-doesn't mean that people don't install it on non-touch pc's

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 15:24 1

28. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


There's probably as many programs available for x86-android as mountain lion, you should give it a shot! You might even get to use 2 mouse buttons!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:28 5

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


great option for windows.android rich in features,performance & customization

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:45 3

12. jove39 (Posts: 1309; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You mean android is rich in features than windows?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:05 4

19. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 398; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Was thinking the same, i cant possibly think of a reason to install Android on PC

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 13:27

26. The_Innovation (Posts: 563; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yea that doesn't really make sense. For mobile use, by all means. But as a desktop operating system? What would it offer that Windows doesn't?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:31 9

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


now this is a step forward in technology! :)

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:34 6

4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I been using android x86 since last year . Zzz

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:38 3

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


lol....well i didnt know it was old ....its new to me how is it though? is it good?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:44 1

11. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


It's great , but there's a few problem .

It might be easy to install , but it's super damn hard to uninstall .

Sleep is broken . Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't . For example , when I close the lid of my laptop , sometimes it will sleep like on normal android , but sometimes it will shut down !

Performance is decent . I got the same score on antutu as the Asus Transformer prime . Except on nenamark it got 17 fps only . My laptop is very old using Intel Pentium Dual Core 1.9ghz with 3GB ram .

Some apps can't install or won't run . Example Skype , angry birds and quadrant . Adobe flash don't work .

I recommend if you are trying it to create a partition (few GBs is enough ) . Live cd has terrible performance .

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 05:30

15. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


This is an interesting info about the processing performance.
Can you tell more about the laptop's CPU and GPU?
I know many conservative, prejudiced guys here would say that even an old Pentium is a processing monster compared to current mobile chips.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 08:31 1

22. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Its a budget laptop , hey i live in a 3rd world country , my family is not really welloff .
Intel Pentium dual core inside 1.86ghz with no GPU and 1GB ram (i added the 2gb myself .
I admit the laptop isnt very powerful , but with windows 8 installed good enough to do my day to day chores

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:36 1

5. amozhi (Posts: 101; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


WOW...I am waiting for this...Since Unity introduction, I stopped using Ubuntu Linux. Probably I try to run Android on my PC.

However, I am waiting for Google to launch officialy Android for PC...

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:40

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


How about chromebook? Lol

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:29

10. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Nahh...

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:46 1

13. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I installed this since early last year running Gingerbread on my PC . Now I installed the ICS version on my PC . I can say its good enough to be a daily driver

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 04:16

9. darkskoliro (Posts: 991; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Should be fun for my netbook, Atom processors running W7 is just too damn slow.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 05:01

14. yowanvista (Posts: 307; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Hardware acceleration will likely not work on PC hardware

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:19

16. gazmatic (Posts: 625; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


This is kinda old news to those who truly follow android and not just buy the phone and think that they become a tech guru overnight. I've had ice cream sandwich and jelly bean installed for years, along with meego, windows phone 7 and now windows phone 8. This is how true developers test their apps. This is why I'm looking forward to jolla. Android is too buggy. Windows is partially locked down. I've almost completely ported meego to a coby 7'' music player. I'm waiting for the jolla sdk.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:27

17. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 436; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


hmm, some netbooks like the Acer Aspire One series have pre.installed Android with dual boot to Windows 7. I guess the pre-installed Android was 2.2 or 2.3

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:31

18. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Nah i would take google's more polished Computer and Computer OS- The chromebook.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:54

20. Bfrenz (Posts: 106; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


ASUS is the best for Android x86 its an old info. But before intalling run in live mode,check for cpu variation .iso. Intel or amd.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 07:56

21. Bfrenz (Posts: 106; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Typo: installing

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:15

23. cnyte (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


why would you want android on a pc?

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 13:00

24. TritonForceX (Posts: 58; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


I started running Android ICS on my Lenovo S10-3t touchscreen netbook this past summer. It came with Windows 7, and after upgrading it with a fresh install to Win7 Pro and eliminating the bloatware, it was still too slow.

It really speeds it up. The latest version I have is the Release Candidate version 2, so it does still have it's share of bugs, but it basically turns it into a tablet with a dedicated keyboard. It's great for living room web surfing, organizing, etc., but I also have it connected to Google Drive and have work tools setup on it as well.

It's basically like combining a tablet with a Chromebook. You have all the benefits of a Chromebook (quick startup, virus free web browsing, document creation via Google Drive) and the ability to run most apps in the Google Play store, plus a drive to save your data to.

I'd honestly consider making the move to an official Android netbook or laptop. I'd just like to see support for connecting directly to a Cisco or Avaya serial port for console configuration. If it had that, it'd be my dedicated work laptop. For now, it's my dedicated home laptop.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 18:47

29. MC1123 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i still prefer windows 7 or ubuntu (dont really know any macs)

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 22:33

30. andersensam (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Triple boot Windows 7, Mountain Lion, and Ubuntu FTW

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 05:02

32. openforum (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


the simplest method available here
openforum.asia [link]
please copy and past the given link

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:04

33. openforum (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


do you want install android on pc .
openforum.asia/discuss/question/how-to-install-and​roid-on-your-pc-in-sipmlest-way.html

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 01:26

34. ykumthekar (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


But its a must try guess u can play the temple run and access whatsapp over PC . . .LOL

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 08:36

35. rexvonlove (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


Does it delete my current operating system? Does it format my hard drives? I'm planning to install that to experience Android features in my PC. But I still want my current operating system AND my files.

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