Android 4.0.1 on x86 processors (Intel / AMD)

Android 4.0.1 (ICS) for AMD BrazosLast year, I wrote how to run Android 1.6 in a PC. Android-x86 has since made the newer Android versions available for the following devices:

  • ASUS laptops and tablets.
  • Netbooks such as the ASUS Eee PC
  • Intel Atom tablets such as the Tegav2 Tablet
  • HP Pavilion tx2500
  • AMD persimmon platform
  • AMD Brazos platform such as the MSI 110W tablet.

They now have made Android 4.0.1 available for the AMD Brazos Tablet. Android-x86 4.0-devel live and installation iso for AMD Brazos platform is only a developer’s version as it can not be considered stable just yet.

Here are the instructions to get the source code if you want to build it yourself and possibly adapt it to your own hardware:

$ repo init -u git:// -b ics-x86
$ repo sync

Android-x86’s Chih-Wei Huang says that WiFi, Multitouch ad OpenGL ES for AMD Radeon works, but sound, camera, Ethernet and hardware acceleration for Intel platform does not work yet.

However, Intel HW acceleration may be difficult to implement since Intel does not seem to collaborate on this project (They may be focusing on their partnership with Google to port Android to Intel Atom processors), contrary to AMD that provided both devices donation and engineering support.

This code has also been tried successfully (excluding the current known issues) on other platforms such as Acer Iconia W500 and Zotac Zbox A03.

Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.

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