Presently Android runs mainly on the devices operating on the ARM based CPU. This ARM CPU is a special chip with high performance but low power that are meant to run in phones and similar devices but not on the desktop computer.Android can also run on other type of device centric chips i.e. MIPS and also on the Intel x86 chips that are fitted in PCs. Though Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was available from last year, it has taken longer to port this to the Intel x86 platform. The Android x86 project announced only a few days back the release, the software comes in the form of iso files and can be used to boot a PC from CD/DVD or by using USB.
The Android 4.0 can be tested for Intel by booting up an Asus PC netbook or to run in the Virtual Machine using the VirtualBox software. The users can download the .iso from Android x86 site. The file size being 190 MB it is likely to take adequate time depending on the broadband speed.
Let’s try with first step to create a bootable USB disk, for which you need to use Unebootin. Then boot the laptop from USB.
- Once the boot menu gets displayed, select – Live CD- Run Android X86- without installation. And then press enter, with this Android 4.0 will start booting. Once it is booted, ICS screen will welcome you.
- Then click on start- this will complete configuration step. Once you, complete with these steps, you will finish with the configuration steps and will land on the ICS home screen.
- You can use mouse to navigate, note tap is click & swipe is click or hold and drag.
- On clicking application menu, you will get more pre-installed applications.
But note, few apps like Skype are not available at present.
On disconnecting, some of the app might run on portrait mode or will flip to 90-degree, which will make your head twist. But the best way to avoid these issues is, avoid such apps and get the screen back to landscape mode.
One of the interesting fact is you will have a direct access to the Linux OS system. With ALT + F1, you will be logged in to terminal window as root. Key combination ALT + F7 will get back to the user interface.
The Screen rotation issue and the lack of Ethernet will disappoint at the beginning. But, Android 4.0 with Intel X86 offers great hard foundation for Android ARM. This might work with limited hardware support, but alternative options might allow the system on a Metro interface with Windows 8 too.