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Run Android 10 on your PC :: AndEX 10 (Android-x86_64) with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc.), F-Droid, Brave Browser and Spotify :: Build 200604, 200225, 200218 and 200108

NEWS 200604 – A new version of AndEX 10 is ready!
I’ve uploaded a new upgraded version of AndEX 10 andex-10-x86_64-gapps-BIG-1080mb-200604.iso. All included apps have been updated to the latest version. Also Google Play Services and Google Play Store. The ISO file is of only 1080 MB! Makes it easier to run AndEX on computers with low RAM. I have replaced the Brave Browser with Mint Browser, which also is an excellent Web Browser in many ways. The very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher is used also in this AndEX version. Make it your standard Launcher. Version 200604 of AndEX 10 is a totally new build with a new kernel – 4.19.122-exton-android-x86_64. I’ve noticed that the WiFi connection works better with this new kernel. I.e. the connection is more stable. This build works very well also in VirtualBox and VMware. You can even use the very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher and also change wallpapers to your liking – screenshot.

Fourth Build of AndEX 10
This is my fourth build of AndEX 10. When downloading Build 200604 you will also get the other three previous versions. They are all somewhat special.

MORE ABOUT AndEX 10 Build 200604
My new compiled Android-x86_64 system (10) can run and be installed on almost all newer laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. You can also run AndEX 10 in VirtualBox and/or VMware. I can also mention that I could run my new 10 version on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer and on a Lenovo ThinkStation C30. You can very easy do a “normal” or manual installation to hard drive. A manual installation can also be done to a drive where you already have another Linux system (for example Ubuntu 20.04) installed.

Android 10 was released 190903.

SCREENSHOTS
Screenshot 1 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200604 with GAPPS and many other apps pre-installed
Screenshot 2 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 running Google Play Store
Screenshot 3 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 Desktop after first boot
Screenshot 4 – AndEX 10  Build 200604 running AIDA64
Screenshot 5 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 running in VirtualBox

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Read about my Android-x86 Systems – 10, Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat at

andex.exton.net – latest is AndEX 10 (with GAPPS) and AndEX Pie 9.0 (also with GAPPS)!
and
about my Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop versions for Raspberry Pi 3/2 at

raspex.exton.se – latest is RaspAnd Pie 9.0 (without GAPPS) and RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 (with GAPPS)!

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Run Android Pie on your PC :: AndEX Pie (Android-x86_64) with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc.), Spotify, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, Brave Browser and Root Explorer :: Build 200301

NEWS 200301 about AndEX Pie 9.0 with GAPPS
A new build of AndEX Pie is ready. It has GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aptoide App Manager, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, Root Explorer, Brave Browser, Spotify and many other apps pre-installed. My new build of Android x86_64 – andex-pie-x86_64-gapps-1360mb-200301.iso can be installed to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX Pie in compatibility mode (VESA) though. The sound and video performance is generally very very good. Google Play Store works very well in this build of AndEX Pie. I’ve also included one extra app store – Aptoide App Manager. Use Aptoide if you can’t find the app you’re looking for using Google Play Store. The very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher is used also in this AndEX version. Make it your standard Launcher.

Why this new AndEX Pie Build?
My first AndEX Pie build is from September 12, 2019. It is still very good and valid. Mainly because the Netflix app can run in Build 190912. My new Build 200301 is rooted, which prevents Netflix from running. The Android Project released Android-x86 9.0-r1 200227 – The Android-x86 project is glad to announce the 9.0-r1 release to the public. This is the first stable release for Android-x86 9.0 (pie-x86). The 9.0-r1 release is based on the latest Android 9.0.0 Pie release (android-9.0.0_r53). The features include: support both 64-bit and 32-bit kernel and userspace with latest LTS kernel 4.19.105; support OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Intel, AMD, NVIDIA and QEMU (virgl) by Mesa 19.3.4; support OpenGL ES 2.0 via SwiftShader for software rendering on unsupported GPU devices; support hardware accelerated codecs on devices with Intel HD and G45 graphics family; support secure booting from UEFI and installing to UEFI disk; a text-based GUI installer; add theme support to GRUB-EFI; support multi-touch, audio, WiFi, Bluetooth, sensors, camera and Ethernet (DHCP only); simulate WiFi adapter on devices with Ethernet only to increase app compatibility; auto-mount external USB drive and SD card. I tried Android Project’s ISO the same day (200227). To my surprise it didn’t run well (at least on my computers). The system wouldn’t run/start at all or the computer/system froze or crashed when I reached the Android Pie Desktop. I therefore decided to build my own new Android Pie system using the same sources as the Android Project. The result is AndEX Pie Build 200301. It works very well. I.e. no freezes or crashes. Note: The Android Project’s build from 200227 is also rooted. So even if you manage to start the system you can’t run the Netflix app.

Kernel
Kernel 4.19.105-exton is used in AndEX Pie Build 200301.

Clash of Clans (pre-installed) and Angry Birds (pre-installed) and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) and Angry Birds (both pre-installed) work very very well. Perfect video quality and audio. If you have a touchscreen you can also (for example) run Wild Hunt, Flight Pilot, CSR Racing 2, Bowmasters and Shooting King. Watch a screenshot of the desktop when I have installed the just mentioned game apps (in AndEX Nougat).

About YouTube

YouTube works very well when running YouTube in Brave Browser. The YouTube app is therefore not pre-installed. You can, however, install the app via Google Play Store (for example).

About Facebook
The Facebook app works very well in AndEX Pie. Just go get it via Google Play Store.

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX Pie Build 200301 and 190912 many new apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store, Aurora Store or F-Droid. You can even install very big games (of 1GB or so), but unfortunately almost all such games need a touchscreen. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

SCREENSHOTS
1. The AndEX Pie Desktop with 3D Live Launcher (pre-installed)
2. The standard AndEX Pie Desktop with 3D Live Launcher’s wallpaper. (You can of course change it)
3. Showing how to make a WiFi connection in VirtualBox
4. Using another launcher
5. Using yet another launcher. (Find the one you like on Google Play Store)

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Run Android 10 “Mini version” on your PC :: AndEX 10 (Android-x86_64) with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc.), Mint Browser and Root Explorer :: Build 200225

NEWS 200225 – A new mini version of AndEX 10 is ready!
I’ve uploaded a new upgraded version of AndEX 10 – andex-10-x86_64-mini-gapps-892mb-200225.iso. All included apps have been updated to the latest version. Also Google Play Services and Google Play Store. The ISO file is of only 892 MB! Makes it easier to run AndEX on computers with low RAM. I have replaced the Brave Browser with Mint Browser, which also is an excellent Web Browser in many ways. The very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher is used also in this AndEX version. Make it your standard Launcher.

Upgrade from version 200108 to 200218 or to version 200225?
If you already have AndEX version 200108 or 200218 up and running there is no need to acquire the new version. Just upgrade all apps to the latest version of today and you’re done! Use Google Play Store for that. You can of course also install for example YouTube, Brave, the Spotify app and Google Play Games yourself (if you are running the AndEX 10 mini version of 200225).

Running AndEX 10 live from a USB stick
When running AndEX 10 from a USB stick you can’t normally install new apps or download anything. For example new wallpapers. That’s because you have no storage space. If you, however, use Rufus 3.8 when installing AndEX to the USB stick you can create a Persistent partition of 2GB on the stick. When running Rufus it will look like this.

When running AndEX 10 from the USB stick you can open up a File Manager. You will notice that you have a persistent space of 2GB – screenshot. You will now be able to install new apps and download things. Unfortunately nothing will be left if/when you reboot your computer.

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Run Android 10 on your PC :: AndEX 10 (Android-x86_64) with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc.), F-Droid, Brave Browser and Spotify :: Build 200218

NEWS 200218 – A new version of AndEX 10
I’ve uploaded a new upgraded version of AndEX 10 – andex-10-x86_64-gapps-fdroid-spotify-1180mb-200218.iso. I.e. all included apps have been updated to the latest version. Also Google Play Services and Google Play Store. The main reason for this new version is that I discovered that Google Chrome couldn’t run anymore. I have therefore replaced Google Chrome with Brave, which is an excellent Web Browser in many ways. At the same time I discovered a new very nice launcher – 3D Live Launcher. So it is of course included in AndEX Build 200218. Make it your standard Launcher. I’ve also added the app Google Play Games. Makes it easier to run games in AndEX.

Upgrade from version 200108 to 200218?
If you already have AndEX version 200108 up and running there is no need to acquire the new version. Just upgrade all apps to the latest version of today and you’re done! Use Google Play Store for that. You can of course also install Brave, the 3D Live Launcher and Google Play Games yourself.

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Run Android 10 on your PC :: AndEX 10 (Android-x86_64) with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc.), F-Droid, Brave Browser and Spotify :: Build 200604, 200225, 200218 and 200108

NEWS 200604 – A new version of AndEX 10 is ready!
I’ve uploaded a new upgraded version of AndEX 10 – andex-10-x86_64-gapps-BIG-1080mb-200604.iso. All included apps have been updated to the latest version. Also Google Play Services and Google Play Store. The ISO file is of only 1080 MB! Makes it easier to run AndEX on computers with low RAM. I have replaced the Brave Browser with Mint Browser, which also is an excellent Web Browser in many ways. The very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher is used also in this AndEX version. Make it your standard Launcher. Version 200604 of AndEX 10 is a totally new build with a new kernel – 4.19.122-exton-android-x86_64. I’ve noticed that the WiFi connection works better with this new kernel. I.e. the connection is more stable – see below. This build works very well also in VirtualBox and VMware. You can even use the very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher and also change wallpapers to your liking – screenshot.

NEWS 200225 – A new mini version of AndEX 10 is ready!
I’ve uploaded a new upgraded version of AndEX 10 – andex-10-x86_64-mini-gapps-892mb-200225.iso. All included apps have been updated to the latest version. Also Google Play Services and Google Play Store. The ISO file is of only 892 MB! Makes it easier to run AndEX on computers with low RAM. I have replaced the Brave Browser with Mint Browser, which also is an excellent Web Browser in many ways. The very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher is used also in this AndEX version. Make it your standard Launcher.

NEWS 200218 – A new version of AndEX 10
I’ve uploaded a new upgraded version of AndEX 10 – andex-10-x86_64-gapps-fdroid-spotify-1180mb-200218.iso. I.e. all included apps have been updated to the latest version. Also Google Play Services and Google Play Store. The main reason for this new version is that I discovered that Google Chrome couldn’t run anymore. I have therefore replaced Google Chrome with Brave, which is an excellent Web Browser in many ways. At the same time I discovered a new very nice launcher – 3D Live Launcher. So it is of course included in AndEX Build 200218. Make it your standard Launcher. I’ve also added the app Google Play Games. Makes it easier to run games in AndEX.

Upgrade from version 200108, 200218 or 200225 to version 200604?
If you already have AndEX version 200108, 200218 or 200225 up and running there is no need to acquire the newest version from 200604. Just upgrade all apps to the latest version of today and you’re done! Use Google Play Store for that. You can of course also install for example YouTube, Brave, the Spotify app and Google Play Games yourself (if you are running the AndEX 10 mini version of 200225).

NEWS 200108 about AndEX 10 with GAPPS
My first build of AndEX 10 is ready. It has GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aptoide App Manager, F-Droid, SpotifyAngry Birds and many other apps pre-installed. My new build of Android x86_64 10 – andex-10-x86_64-gapps-fdroid-aptoide-chrome-1240mb-200108.iso can be installed to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX 10 in compatibility mode (VESA) though. The sound and video performance is generally very very good. Google Play Store works very well in this build of AndEX 10. So does the YouTube and Spotify app. I’ve also included two extra app stores – Aptoide App Manager and F-Droid. Use them if you can’t find the app you’re looking for using Google Play Store.

Screenshot – AndEX 10 Build 200218 – the Desktop with many nice apps installed. The apps Facebook, Opera, Fishing Clash, Clash of Clans and CSR Racing 2 are not preinstalled, but they run very well in this AndEX build. Just go to Google Play and install them! (Once you have installed AndEX 10 to hard drive).

MORE ABOUT AndEX 10
My new compiled Android-x86_64 system (10) can run and be installed on almost all newer laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. You can also run AndEX 10 in VirtualBox and/or VMware. Unfortunately with bad video performance and distorted colors – screenshot. Not as regards Build 200604 – screenshot. I can also mention that I could run my AndEX 10 on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer and on a Lenovo ThinkStation C30. Also with bad video performance and distorted colors. But not as regards Build 200604. You can very easy do a “normal” or manual installation to hard drive. A manual installation can also be done to a drive where you already have another Linux system (for example Ubuntu 20.04) installed. Read more about how to install AndEX 10 below.

Android 10 was released 190903.

About the Android-x86 project – my sources

AndEX 10 is compiled by me with sources from the Android-x86 Project. All AndEX versions are also dependent of the Android-x86 Project’s activity and development. Following Android-x86 Project’s instructions you can build your own Android-x86_64 system.

You will see this boot screen (when booting from a DVD or a USB stick).

Clash of Clans (not pre-installed) and Angry Birds and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) and Angry Birds (pre-installed) work very very well. Perfect video quality and audio. If you have a touchscreen you can also run some hunting, shooting and racing games. Drag Racing and 3D Chess Game are also pre-installed. Unfortunately some very big games won’t run. They can be installed via Google Play, but the won’t run (at least on my computers). One example of such big games is PUBG Mobile.

Kernel
Kernel 4.19.80-exton is used in AndEX 10 Build 200218 and 200108. Kernel 4.19.95-exton is used in AndEX 10 Build 200225. Kernel 4.19.122-exton is used in AndEX 10 Build 200604.

HOW TO do a simple manual installation (FRUGAL) of AndEX 10 to hard drive
The system’s install function work very well in AndEX 10 Build 200108. You can, however, also do a very simple manually installation to hard drive. To be able to do that you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as boot loader. Follow these steps.
1. Download andex-10-x86_64-gapps-fdroid-aptoide-chrome-1240mb-200108.iso
2. Start up a Linux system (Ubuntu or…) on the computer where you want to have AndEX 10 installed.
3. Create a special partition for AndEX 10 or use the partition where you already have one Linux system installed. The one you just booted up or…
4. Create a folder called (for example) ANDEX-10-200108
5. Extract andex-10-x86_64-gapps-fdroid-aptoide-chrome-1240mb-200108.iso to the root (/ANDEX-10-200108) of your new partition (formatted as ext4) or to the root of (for example) your Ubuntu system.
6. Create a folder called data in the folder ANDEX-10-200108.
7. You will then have a folder called ANDEX-10-200108 with four important files – the folder data, initrd.img, system.sfs and kernel – see the picture below. The folder /ANDEX-10-200108/data is very important! All your system changes will be saved to the folder data. You can’t even run the system without it. All other files which is in the ISO file can be deleted.

When you have the folder ANDEX-10-200108 in the right place it is time to configure Grub so you will be able to boot up AndEX 10 – see the examples below.

About Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your hard drive (which you must have to be able to install AndEX 10 Build 200108 manually) you can see below how to use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader). You should add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom – for example:
menuentry ‘AndEX 10 200108 (sda8-FRUGAL)’ {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
else
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
fi
linux /ANDEX-10-200108/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1366×768 SRC=/ANDEX-10-200108
initrd /ANDEX-10-200108/initrd.img
}

NOTE 1: On some computers you may have to add nomodeset to the linux boot line. If so you may also have to remove DPI=160 and UVESA_MODE=1366×768 from the linux boot line. AndEX won’t start otherwise or you won’t have sound.

NOTE 1 B: On my HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer I had to use the boot lines below to make everything work.
linux /ANDEX-10-200108/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 nomodeset SRC=/ANDEX-10-200108
I could also run AndEX 10 from hard drive on my Lenovo ThinkStation C30 using the same boot line. I.e. with nomodeset.

NOTE 2
: The DPI=160 entry provides a hint about the display’s pixel density in dots per inch. This is an important setting – if the Android display’s icons and text look too small and crowded, increase this number. If things seem too big, make it smaller.

NOTE 3: The UVESA_MODE=1366×768 entry describes the display size. This is also an important setting. If you know your display’s actual dimensions, enter them here. But not all dimensions work – it sometimes happens that a display specification that’s possible in principle isn’t feasible in practice.

NOTE 4 (Very important): On some computers you may have to skip adding DPI and UVESA_MODE to be able to connect to Google Play Store. Otherwise you will get an error message saying There was a problem communicating with google servers. Once you have logged in to Google Play Store and/or Gmail you can change your Grub configuration. I.e. add for example DPI=160 and UVESA_MODE=1366×768 (if you need to).

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title AndEX 10 – 200108 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /ANDEX-10-200108/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 SRC=/ANDEX-10-200108
initrd /ANDEX-10-200108/initrd.img

NOTE: Doing a manual installation is not necessary as regards AndEX 10 Build 200108/200218/200225/200604. The system’s install function works very well. On the other hand I wouldn’t mess with my UEFI partition if I have other Linux systems and Windows installed and everything works alright. Anyway for testing purposes I did a normal installation of AndEX 10 Build 200108. I.e. I let the installation program reinstall Grub. After a reboot I saw this Grub menu.

I could still start my other Linux systems and Windows, but nevertheless I wanted my old/normal boot menu back. To achieve that I booted up the Linux system (Ubuntu 19.10) where I had Grub installed in the first place. Then I ran the command sudo boot-repair. After that I got my old/normal Grub boot menu back. It looks like this.

Language settings
You can (of course) run AndEX 10 in any language. Just go to Settings and change to your preferred language. The changes will take immediate effect.

Wireless connections
WiFi works alright in AndEX 10. Just go to Settings and turn WiFi on. Connect to your Network. Sometimes your WiFi connection will be “Saved”. I.e no Internet. Just keep on trying. Eventually you will get connected to Internet. Or move yourself (and the computer) next to your router. You will be connected immediately – screenshot. Note: In VirtualBox you must also turn WiFi on even if you don’t have a WiFi card. Then connect to Virtual WiFi (VirtWifi) – screenshot.

Running AndEX 10 live from a USB stick
When running AndEX 10 from a USB stick you can’t normally install new apps or download anything. For example new wallpapers. That’s because you have no storage space. If you, however, use Rufus 3.8 when installing AndEX to the USB stick you can create a Persistent partition of 2GB on the stick. When running Rufus it will look like this.

When running AndEX 10 from the USB stick you can open up a File Manager. You will notice that you have a persistent space of 2GB – screenshot. You will now be able to install new apps and download things. Unfortunately nothing will be left if/when you reboot your computer.

Power off the system

Just press gently on Ctrl Alt Delete keys simultaneously and you will get two alternatives. Power off or Restart. Or use the app Simple Rebootscreenshot.

Using Spotify
Just start the Spotify app and log in. You must be a premium subscriber to be able to use the app.

Running AndEX 10 in VirtualBox and/or VMware

You can run AndEX 10 Build 200108 (from the ISO file) live in VirtualBox and VMware. You can also install AndEX 10 to a virtual hard drive in VirtualBox and VMware. The install function works very well. After some configurations the desktop can look like this.

As you can see the colors are distorted. It is also not possible to setup a wallpaper when running AndEX 10 Build 200108 in VirtualBox/VMware. NOTE: AndEX 10 Build 200604 works very well in VirtualBox. I.e. you can use the nice launcher 3D Live Launcher and you can change wallpaper. Watch this screenshot. As regards AndEX 10 Build 200604 you can also change the screen resolution by editing grub/menu.lst. Then you have to start up VirtualBox from a ISO file (Ubuntu or…) and mount the partition where you have AndEX installed. Run the commands sudo mkdir /dev/sda1 and sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1. Then open up a file manager with (for example) sudo pcmanfm and go to /mnt/sda1/grub. Edit menu.lst as this screenshot shows. I.e. you shall add UVESA_MODE=1366×768 to the kernel line. You can try with other resolutions, but not all will work.

About YouTube
The YouTube app works very well – screenshot. You can also run YouTube in Google Chrome – screenshot. Or in the Mint Browser. The video performance is excellent.

About Facebook
The Facebook app works very well in AndEX 10. Just go get it via Google Play Store.

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX 10 many new apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store, Aptoide App Manager or F-Droid. You can even install some very big games (of 1GB or so), but unfortunately almost all such games need a touchscreen. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

NOTE1/WARNING1
You must use a fairly new/modern computer. Android-x86_64 10 won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 Build 180108 will run also on older computers.

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download AndEX 10 you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded via Google Play Store, Aptoide App Manager or F-Droid can run in an Android-x86_64 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. You must also be aware of that some (many) games need a touchscreen. Clash of Clans (not pre-installed) and Angry Birds (pre-installed) work very well though.

NOTE3/WARNING3
1. Bluetooth doesn’t work. (You may be able to enable Bluetooth and see units/devices on some computers though). You can, however, use the installed File Manager to connect to other computers in your Home network – screenshot. You can also connect to Google Drive and OneDrivescreenshot.
2. You can’t run Netflix. The Netflix app works in my AndEX 9 Pie Build 190912 though. AndEX 10 is rooted, which prevents Netflix from running.
3. AndEX 10 can run live (from the ISO file) and be installed in VirtualBox/VMware, but unfortunately the screen colors are distorted – see above. NOTE: Not as regards Build 200604 as you can see from this screenshot.

And once again please note this
PREREQUISITE for manual installations
The system can be installed the “normal way” or manually to hard drive – see above. That’s sort of a FRUGAL installation used by Puppy Linux. To be able to do a frugal installation you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as boot loader. Running AndEX 10 live: Use preferably Rufus 3.10 (see above) to create a bootable USB stick from the different ISO files. Or burn the ISO file to a DVD and run the system from it.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200604 with GAPPS and many other apps pre-installed
Screenshot 2 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 running Google Play Store
Screenshot 3 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 Desktop after first boot
Screenshot 4 – AndEX 10  Build 200604 running AIDA64
Screenshot 5 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 running in VirtualBox
Screenshot 6 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200218 with GAPPS and the 3D Launcher

Screenshot 7 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200108 with GAPPS
Screenshot 8 – AndEX 10 running Google Play Store
Screenshot 9 – AndEX 10 running Aptoide App Manager
Screenshot 10 – AndEX 10 running F-Droid
Screenshot 11 – AndEX 10 running the YouTube
Screenshot 12 – AndEX 10 showing all apps
Screenshot 13 – AndEX 10 running Angry Birds
Screenshot 14 – AndEX 10 running Drag Racing
Screenshot 15 – AndEX 10 running 3D Chess
Screenshot 16 – AndEX 10 Fishing Clash
Screenshot 17 – AndEX 10 running CSR Racing 2
Screenshot 18 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200225


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Android-x86_64 Pie 9.0 with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc.), Aurora Store, F-Droid and Netflix – Build 190912 (with Netflix) and 200301 (without Netflix)

NEWS 200301 about AndEX Pie 9.0 with GAPPS
A new build of AndEX Pie is ready. It has GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aptoide App Manager, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, Root Explorer, Brave Browser, Spotify and many other apps pre-installed. My new build of Android x86_64 – andex-pie-x86_64-gapps-1360mb-200301.iso can be installed to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX Pie in compatibility mode (VESA) though. The sound and video performance is generally very very good. Google Play Store works very well in this build of AndEX Pie. I’ve also included one extra app store – Aptoide App Manager. Use Aptoide if you can’t find the app you’re looking for using Google Play Store. The very nice launcher 3D Live Launcher is used also in this AndEX version. Make it your standard Launcher.

Why this new AndEX Pie Build?
My first AndEX Pie build is from September 12, 2019. It is still very good and valid. Mainly because the Netflix app can run in Build 190912. My new Build 200301 is rooted, which prevents Netflix from running. The Android Project released Android-x86 9.0-r1 200227 – The Android-x86 project is glad to announce the 9.0-r1 release to the public. This is the first stable release for Android-x86 9.0 (pie-x86). The 9.0-r1 release is based on the latest Android 9.0.0 Pie release (android-9.0.0_r53). The features include: support both 64-bit and 32-bit kernel and userspace with latest LTS kernel 4.19.105; support OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Intel, AMD, NVIDIA and QEMU (virgl) by Mesa 19.3.4; support OpenGL ES 2.0 via SwiftShader for software rendering on unsupported GPU devices; support hardware accelerated codecs on devices with Intel HD and G45 graphics family; support secure booting from UEFI and installing to UEFI disk; a text-based GUI installer; add theme support to GRUB-EFI; support multi-touch, audio, WiFi, Bluetooth, sensors, camera and Ethernet (DHCP only); simulate WiFi adapter on devices with Ethernet only to increase app compatibility; auto-mount external USB drive and SD card. I tried Android Project’s ISO the same day (200227). To my surprise it didn’t run well (at least on my computers). The system wouldn’t run/start at all or the computer/system froze or crashed when I reached the Android Pie Desktop. I therefore decided to build my own new Android Pie system using the same sources as the Android Project. The result is AndEX Pie Build 200301. It works very well. I.e. no freezes or crashes. Note: The Android Project’s build from 200227 is also rooted. So even if you manage to start the system you can’t run the Netflix app.

PLEASE NOTE: Whats written below about AndEX Pie Build 190912 functions etc. is also valid for AndEX Pie Build 200301. The Netflix app doesn’t work though. It isn’t included in Build 200301 and it can’t be installed.

NEWS 190912 about AndEX Pie 9.0 with GAPPS
A new build of AndEX Pie is ready. It has GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aurora Store, F-Droid, Netflix and many other apps pre-installed. My new build of Android x86_64 – andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-gapps-netflix-1600mb-190912.iso can be installed to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX 9.0 in compatibility mode (VESA) though. The sound and video performance is generally very very good. Google Play Store works very well in this build of AndEX Pie. So does the Netflix and Spotify app. I’ve also included two extra app stores – Aurora Store and F-Droid. Use them if you can’t find the app you’re looking for using Google Play Store.

Screenshot – AndEX Pie Build 190912 – the Desktop with many nice apps pre-installed.

MORE ABOUT AndEX Pie
My new compiled Android-x86_64 system (Pie 9.0) can run and be installed on almost all newer laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. You can (of course) also run AndEX in VirtualBox and/or VMware. I can also mention that I could run my new Pie version without problems on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer and on a Lenovo ThinkStation C30 . You can very easy do a “normal” or manual installation to hard drive. A manual installation can also be done to a drive where you already have another Linux system (for example Ubuntu 19.04) installed. Read more about how to install AndEX Pie below.

Android Pie 9.0 was released 180806.

About the Bliss and the Android-x86 project – my sources for Build 190912

AndEX Pie is compiled by me with sources from BlissAn Open Source OS, based on Android, that incorporates many customization options and added security features. All AndEX versions are also dependent of the Android-x86 Project’s activity and development. Following Bliss’s instructions you can build your own Android-x86 system. You can also (of course) download Bliss’s “original” image.

Booting on an UEFI enabled computer
You will see this boot screen (when booting from a DVD or a USB stick).

Boot animation during start up
You shall see this boot animation when AndEX Pie 9.0 is starting up. If not, something is very wrong.

Clash of Clans (not pre-installed) and Angry Birds (not pre-installed) and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) and Angry Birds (both not pre-installed) work very very well. Perfect video quality and audio. If you have a touchscreen you can also (for example) run Wild Hunt, Flight Pilot, CSR Racing 2, Bowmasters and Shooting King. Watch a screenshot of the desktop when I have installed the just mentioned game apps (in AndEX Nougat).

Kernel
Kernel 4.19.50 is used in AndEX Pie Build 190912. Kernel 4.19.105-exton is used in AndEX Pie Build 200301.

HOW TO do a simple manual installation (FRUGAL) of AndEX Pie to hard drive
The system’s install function work very well in AndEX Pie Build 190912. You can, however, also do a very simple manually installation to hard drive. To be able to do that you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Follow these steps.
1. Download andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-gapps-netflix-1600mb-190912.iso
2. Start up a Linux system (Ubuntu or…) on the computer where you want to have AndEX Pie installed.
3. Create a special partition for AndEX Pie or use the partition where you already have one Linux system installed. The one you just booted up or…
4. Create a folder called (for example) ANDEX-PIE-190912
5. Extract andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-gapps-netflix-1600mb-190912.iso to the root (/ANDEX-PIE-190912) of your new partition (formatted as ext4) or to the root of (for example) your Ubuntu system.
6. Create a folder called data in the folder ANDEX-PIE-190912.
7. You will then have a folder called ANDEX-PIE-190912 with five important files – the folder data, initrd.img, ramdisk.img, system.sfs and kernel – see the picture below. The folder /ANDEX-PIE-190912/data is very important! All your system changes will be saved to the folder data. You can’t even run the system without it. All other files which is in the ISO file can be deleted.

When you have the folder ANDEX-PIE-190912 in the right place it is time to configure Grub so you will be able to boot up AndEX Pie – see the examples below.

About Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your hard drive (which you must have to be able to install AndEX Pie Build 190912 manually) you can see below how to use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader). You should add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom – for example:
menuentry ‘AndEX 9.0 Pie 190912 (sda8-FRUGAL)’ {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
else
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
fi
linux /ANDEX-PIE-190912/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1366×768 SRC=/ANDEX-PIE-190912
initrd /ANDEX-PIE-190912/initrd.img
}

NOTE 1: On some computers you may have to add nomodeset to the linux boot line. If so you may also have to remove DPI=160 and UVESA_MODE=1366×768 from the linux boot line. AndEX won’t start otherwise or you won’t have sound.

NOTE 1 B: On my HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer I had to use the boot lines below to make everything work.
linux /ANDEX-PIE-190912/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 nomodeset SRC=/ANDEX-PIE-190912
Screenshot of the desktop when AndEX Pie Build 190912 is running on my HP Pavilion. I could also run AndEX Pie from hard drive on my Lenovo ThinkStation C30 using the same boot line. I.e. with nomodeset. Screenshot of the desktop when AndEX Pie Build 190912 is running on my Lenovo ThinkStation.

NOTE 2
: The DPI=160 entry provides a hint about the display’s pixel density in dots per inch. This is an important setting – if the Android display’s icons and text look too small and crowded, increase this number. If things seem too big, make it smaller.

NOTE 3: The UVESA_MODE=1366×768 entry describes the display size. This is also an important setting. If you know your display’s actual dimensions, enter them here. But not all dimensions work – it sometimes happens that a display specification that’s possible in principle isn’t feasible in practice.

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title AndEX Pie – 190912 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /ANDEX-PIE-190912/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 SRC=/ANDEX-PIE-190912
initrd /ANDEX-PIE-190912/initrd.img

Manual installation of AndEX Pie in VirtualBox and/or VMware
You can (of course) also do a manual (FRUGAL) installation – as described above – also in VirtualBox and/or VMware. After such an installation everything will work very good. Do it like this.
1. Install a Linux system on a virtual partition of at least 20 GB in for example VirtualBox. Use Grub2 as boot loader. In this example I use ExLight Build 180214.
2. Start up ExLight and download the ISO file andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-gapps-netflix-1600mb-190912.iso to / – i.e. to the root of your filesystem.
3. Extract the ISO file to a folder ANDEX-PIE-190912 (which you create yourself). Delete the ISO file.
4. Create the folder data in ANDEX-PIE-190912. Very important. Delete all files in ANDEX-PIE-190912 except the folder data, initrd.img, ramdisk.img, system.sfs and kernel.
5. Finally edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg as the example below shows. I.e. add these start lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg:
menuentry ‘AndEX Pie 9.0 (sda1/VirtualBox-FRUGAL)’ {
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos1′
linux /ANDEX-PIE-190912/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 SRC=/ANDEX-PIE-190912
initrd /ANDEX-PIE-190912/initrd.img
}

NOTE: Doing a manual installation is not necessary as regards AndEX Pie Build 190912. The system’s install function works very well.

Language settings
You can (of course) run AndEX Pie in any language. Just go to Settings and change to your preferred language. The changes will take immediate effect.

Wireless connections
WiFi works alright in AndEX Pie. Just go to Settings and turn WiFi on. Connect to your Network. Sometimes your WiFi connection will be “Saved”. I.e no Internet. Just keep on trying. Eventually you will get connected to Internet.

Power off the system

Just press gently on Ctrl Alt Delete keys simultaneously and you will get two alternatives. Power off or Restart.

Using Netflix
Note: When running AndEX Pie Build 190912 live (i.e. from a DVD or USB stick or live in VirtualBox or VMware) it can happen that you get an error message when you try to start Netflix. Just try again (up to about five times) and/or wait a few minutes. Everything will be alright after that. When running AndEX Pie from hard drive Netflix starts immediately when you want (with perfect video and sound quality). Note also: Whatever you do don’t try to upgrade Netflix. No other version than the one pre-installed will work. So don’t upgrade even if Google Play Store or Aurora Store wants you to do it. NOTE: AndEX Pie Build 200301 is rooted, which prevents Netflix from running.

Using Spotify
Just install the Spotify app via Google Play Store, start the Spotify and log in. You must be a premium subscriber to be able to use the app.

Running AndEX Pie in VirtualBox and/or VMware

You can run AndEX Pie Build 190912 (from the ISO file) very well live in VirtualBox and VMware. You can also install AndEX Pie Build 190912 to a virtual hard drive in VirtualBox and VMware. The install function works very well. You can also do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Pie in VirtualBox and/or VMware. When starting up AndEX Pie in VirtualBox you will see this boot screen. When the boot process is ready you will see this desktop. After some configurations the desktop can look like this.

About YouTube
YouTube works very well when running YouTube in Firefox. The YouTube app is therefore not pre-installed. You can, however, install the app via Google Play Store (for example).

About Facebook
The Facebook app works very well in AndEX Pie. Just go get it via Google Play Store.

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX Pie Build 190912 many new apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store, Aurora Store or F-Droid. You can even install very big games (of 1GB or so), but unfortunately almost all such games need a touchscreen. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

NOTE1/WARNING1
You must use a fairly new/modern computer. Android-x86_64 Pie won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 Build 180108 will run also on older computers.

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download this version of AndEX Pie you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded via Google Play Store, Aurora Store or F-Droid can run in an Android-x86_64 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. You must also be aware of that some (many) games need a touchscreen. Clash of Clans and Angry Birds (not pre-installed) work very well though.

NOTE3/WARNING3
Bluetooth doesn’t work. (You may be able to enable Bluetooth and see units/devices on some computers though).

And once again please note this
PREREQUISITE for manual installations
The system can be installed the “normal way” or manually to hard drive – see above. That’s sort of a FRUGAL installation used by Puppy Linux. To be able to do a frugal installation you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Running AndEX Pie live: Use preferably Rufus 3.7 to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO fileandex_x86_64-pie-9.0-gapps-netflix-1600mb-190912.iso. Or burn the ISO file to a DVD and run the system from it. While using/running Rufus 3.7 in Windows it will look like this.

Screenshots – Build 190912
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Pie 9.0 Desktop 190912 with GAPPS
Screenshot 2 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Google Play Store
Screenshot 3 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Aurora Store
Screenshot 4 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running F-Droid
Screenshot 5 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Netflix
Screenshot 6 – AndEX Pie 9.0 showing all apps (some not pre-installed)

Screenshots – Build 200301
1. The AndEX Pie Desktop with 3D Live Launcher (pre-installed)
2. The standard AndEX Pie Desktop with 3D Live Launcher’s wallpaper. (You can of course change it)
3. Showing how to make a WiFi connection in VirtualBox
4. Using another launcher
5. Using yet another launcher. (Find the one you like on Google Play Store)

DOWNLOAD andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-gapps-netflix-1600mb-190912.iso and andex-pie-x86_64-gapps-1360mb-200301.iso. Both ISO’s for for 9 $

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Android-x86_64 Pie 9.0 with Aptoide App Manager, Netflix, Spotify, Firefox with YouTube, Clash of Clans and Angry Birds – Build 190326 and 190426

NEWS 190426 about a new extra version of AndEX Pie 9.0
My new build of Android x86_64 – andex-x86_64-pie-9.0-aptoide-netflix-spotify-1610mb-190426.iso can be installed to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX 9.0 in compatibility mode (VESA) though. The sound and video performance is generally very very good. Yalp Store and Aptoide App Manager work very well in this build of AndEX Pie. So does the Netflix and Spotify app. I have unfortunately not been able to install Google Play Store and other GAPPS. Yalp Store and Aptoide work as a good replacements for Google Play Store though. This new version of AndEX Pie (build 190426) runs somewhat faster and is a bit more responsive than the “old” version (build 190326) och AndEX Pie. It also runs very well live in VirtualBox and VMware. The new version looks better too since it uses Pie Launcher as Desktop environment. You will get both versions of AndEX Pie for $ 9.

About Yalp Store
Yalp Store lets you download apps directly from Google Play Store as apk files. It can search for updates of installed apps and lets you search for other apps. The point of Yalp Store is to be small and independent from Google Services Framework. By default Yalp Store connects to Google services using a built-in account, so you do not have to own a Google account to use it. The only reason to use a live Google account is to access the paid apps you own or leave reviews. So Yalp Store works as a pretty good replacement for Google Play Store. I think.

NEWS 190326 about AndEX Pie 9.0
My new build of Android x86_64 – andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-aptoide-netflix-spotify-clashofclans-1650mb-190326.iso can be installed to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX 9.0 in compatibility mode (VESA) though. The sound and video performance is generally very very good. Aptoide App Manager works very well in this build of AndEX Pie. So does the Netflix and Spotify app. I have unfortunately not been able to install Google Play Store and other GAPPS. Aptoide works as a good replacement for Google Play Store though.

Screenshot– AndEX Pie Build 190326 – the Desktop with many nice apps installed. (The apps Popcorn Time, Mi Home and Racing in Car 2 are not pre-installed).

MORE NEWS 190326 about AndEX Pie 9.0
My new build of Android-x86_64 Pie 9.0 have Aptoide App Manager pre-installed. Also many other apps. For example: Netflix, Spotify, ES File Explorer, AIDA64, Firefox, Angry Birds and Clash of Clans. YouTube works very well in Firefox.

MORE ABOUT AndEX Pie
My new compiled Android-x86_64 system (Pie 9.0) can run and be installed on almost all newer laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. You can (of course) also run AndEX in VirtualBox and/or VMware. I can also mention that I could run my new Pie version without problems on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer. You can very easy do a manual installation to hard drive. That can also be done to a drive where you already have another Linux system (for example Ubuntu 19.04) installed. Read more about how to install AndEX Pie below.

Android Pie 9.0 was released 180806.

About the Bliss and the Android-x86 project – my sources

AndEX Pie is compiled by me with sources from BlissAn Open Source OS, based on Android, that incorporates many customization options and added security features. All AndEX versions are also dependent of the Android-x86 Project’s activity and development. Following Bliss’s instructions you can build your own Android-x86 system. You can also (of course) download Bliss’s “original” image.

Boot animation during start up
You shall see this boot animation when AndEX Pie 9.0 is starting up. If not, something is very wrong.

Clash of Clans (pre-installed) and Angry Birds (pre-installed) and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) and Angry Birds (both pre-installed) work very very well. Perfect video quality and audio. If you have a touchscreen you can also (for example) run Wild Hunt, Flight Pilot, CSR Racing 2, Bowmasters and Shooting King. Watch a screenshot of the desktop when I have installed the just mentioned game apps (in AndEX Nougat).

HOW TO do a simple manual installation (FRUGAL) of AndEX Pie to hard drive
The system’s install function does not work in AndEX Pie. You can, however, do a very simple manually installation to hard drive. To be able to do that you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Follow these steps.
1. Download the zip file andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-aptoide-netflix-spotify-clashofclans-1620mb-190326.zip or andex-x86_64-pie-9.0-aptoide-netflix-spotify-1580mb-190426.zip
2. Start up a Linux system (Ubuntu or…) on the computer where you want to have AndEX Pie installed.
3. Create a special partition for AndEX Pie or use the partition where you already have one Linux system installed. The one you just booted up or…
4. Extract andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-aptoide-netflix-spotify-clashofclans-1620mb-190326.zip to the root (/) of your new partition (formatted as ext4) or to the root of (for example) your Ubuntu system.
5. You will then have a folder called ANDEX-PIE-190326 or ANDEX-PIE-190426  with five files – the folder data, initrd.img, ramdisk.img, system.sfs and kernel – see the picture below. The folder /ANDEX-PIE-190326/data is very important! All your system changes will be saved to the folder data. You can’t even run the system without it.

When you have the folder ANDEX-PIE-190426 in the right place it is time to configure Grub so you will be able to boot up AndEX Pie – see the examples below.

About Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your hard drive (which you must have to be able to install AndEX Pie Build 190326 manually) you can see below how to use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader). You should add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom – for example:
menuentry ‘AndEX 9.0 Pie 190426 (sda8-FRUGAL)’ {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
else
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
fi
linux /ANDEX-PIE-190426/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1366×768 SRC=/
ANDEX-PIE-190426
initrd /ANDEX-PIE-190426/initrd.img
}

NOTE 1: On some computers you may have to add nomodeset to the linux boot line. If so you may also have to remove DPI=160 and UVESA_MODE=1366×768 from the linux boot line. AndEX won’t start otherwise or you won’t have sound.

NOTE 2: The DPI=160 entry provides a hint about the display’s pixel density in dots per inch. This is an important setting – if the Android display’s icons and text look too small and crowded, increase this number. If things seem too big, make it smaller.

NOTE 3: The UVESA_MODE=1366×768 entry describes the display size. This is also an important setting. If you know your display’s actual dimensions, enter them here. But not all dimensions work – it sometimes happens that a display specification that’s possible in principle isn’t feasible in practice.

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title AndEX Pie – 190426 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /ANDEX-PIE-190426/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 SRC=/ANDEX-PIE-190426
initrd /ANDEX-PIE-190426/initrd.img

Manual installation of AndEX Pie in VirtualBox and/or VMware
You can (of course) also do a manual (FRUGAL) installation – as described above – also in VirtualBox and/or VMware. After such an installation everything will work very good. Do it like this.
1. Install a Linux system on a virtual partition of at least 20 GB in for example VirtualBox. Use Grub2 as boot loader. In this example I use ExLight Build 180214.
2. Start up ExLight and download the ZIP file andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-aptoide-netflix-spotify-clashofclans-1620mb-190326.zip to / – i.e. to the root of your filesystem.
3. Extract the Zip file. You will then have the folder ANDEX-PIE-190326. Delete the zip file.
4. Finally edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg as the example below shows. I.e. add these start lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg:
menuentry ‘AndEX Pie 9.0 (sda1/VirtualBox-FRUGAL)’ {
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos1′
linux /ANDEX-PIE-190326/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 SRC=/ANDEX-PIE-190326
initrd /ANDEX-PIE-190326/initrd.img
}

Language settings
You can (of course) run AndEX Pie in any language. Just go to Settings and change to your preferred language. The changes will take immediate effect.

Wireless connections
Wifi works alright in AndEX Pie. Just go to Settings and turn Wifi on.

Power off the system

Just press gently on Ctrl Alt Delete keys simultaneously and you will get two alternatives. Power off or Restart. If not you can use the app PowerOff – screenshot.

Using Netflix
Note: When running AndEX Pie live (i.e. from a DVD or USB stick or live in VirtualBox or VMware) it can happen that you get an error message when you try to start Netflix. Just try again (up to about five times) and/or wait a few minutes. Everything will be alright after that. When running AndEX Pie from hard drive Netflix starts immediately when you want (with perfect video and sound quality). Note also: Whatever you do don’t try to upgrade Netflix. No other version than the one pre-installed will work. So don’t upgrade even if Aptoide wants you to do it.

Using Spotify
Just start the Spotify app and log in. You must be a premium subscriber to be able to use the app.

Running AndEX Pie in VirtualBox and/or VMware

You can run AndEX Pie Build 190326/190426 (from the ISO file) live in VirtualBox and VMware. You can however not install AndEX 9.0 to a virtual hard drive in VMware. I.e. the install function doesn’t work. You can, however, do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Pie in VirtualBox and/or VMware.

About YouTube
For some reason the sound in YouTube works (much) better when running YouTube in Firefox. I.e. compared to when using the YouTube app. The YouTube app is therefore not pre-installed.

About Facebook
The Facebook app works very well in AndEX. Just go get it with Aptoide App Manager.

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX Pie Build 190326 many new apps and games can be installed via Aptoide App Manager. In AndEX Pie Build 190426 also via Yalp Store. You can even install very big games (of 1GB or so), but unfortunately almost all such games need a touchscreen. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

NOTE1/WARNING1
You must use a fairly new/modern computer. Android-x86_64 Pie won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 Build 180108 will run also on older computers.

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download this version of AndEX Pie you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded via Yalp Store and Aptoide App Manager can run in an Android-x86_64 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. You must also be aware of that some (many) games need a touchscreen. Clash of Clans and Angry Birds (pre-installed) work very well though.

KNOWN ISSUES
1. You can run the system live in VirtualBox and VMware, but unfortunately (as regards AndEX Pie Build 190326) with strange colors as screenshot 1 and screenshot 2 show. AndEX Pie Build 190426 works very well live also in VirtualBox and VMware. You can also do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Pie in VirtualBox and/or VMware.
2. Bluetooth doesn’t work. (You can enable Bluetooth and see units though – screenshot).

And once again please note this
PREREQUISITE for manual installations
The system can be installed manually to hard drive – see above. That’s sort of a FRUGAL installation used by Puppy Linux. To be able to do a frugal installation you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Running AndEX Pie live: Use preferably Rufus to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file andex_x86_64-pie-9.0-aptoide-netflix-spotify-clashofclans-1650mb-190326.iso. Or burn the ISO file to a DVD and run the system from it. While using/running Rufus in Windows it will look like this.

Screenshots re. Build 190326
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Pie 9.0 Desktop – custom wallpaper
Screenshot 2 – AndEX Pie 9.0 showing all pre-installed apps
Screenshot 3 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Netflix
Screenshot 4 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Spotify
Screenshot 5 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Clash of Clans
Screenshot 6 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Aptoide
Screenshot 7 – AndEX Pie 9.0 setting a new wallpaper
Screenshot 8 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running AIDA64
Screenshot 9 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Angry Birds
Screenshot 10 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running ES File Manager
Screenshot 11 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Rotation Control
Screenshot 12 – AndEX Pie 9.0 running Racing in Car 2 (not pre-installed)
Screenshot 13 – AndEX Pie 9.0 Build 190426 running in VMware

SCREENSHOTS re. Build 190426
1. First screen after boot
2. Screen after Pie Launcher is configured
3. The Desktop is ready
4. Showing all pre-installed apps
5. Yalp Store categories
6. Examples of games which can be installed via Yalp Store

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AndEX Oreo 8.1 (Android-x86_64) – Build 180918 – with Google Play Store (and everything else) working very well

NEWS 180918 about AndEX Oreo 8.1
My first build of AndEX Oreo 8.1 is from 180103. My second build is from 180202. My third build is from 180614. My new build of Android x86_64 – andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180918.iso can be installed to hard drive using the installation program or manually. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX 8.1 in compatibility mode (VESA) though. NOTE: You can run AndEX Oreo Build 180918 on newer laptops and Desktop computers. The sound and the video performance is generally very very good.

MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES IN BUILD 180918
Google Play Store now works as intended. As an alternative you can use Aptoide App Manager, which also is pre-installed. Three nice special window launchers are pre-installed: Microsoft Launcher, Win 10 Launcher and OO Launcher. (OO Launcher is an enhanced Android™ O Oreo™ style launcher, with many useful enhanced launcher features). I’ve discovered a new way to manually install AndEX Oreo to hard drive. Very simple! Read more below. You can now open up a terminal and become root with the command su root (which you couldn’t in previous versions of AndEX Oreo). Build 180918 uses kernel 4.9.109 with more support for various hardware. Most important: The install function works in this new version of AndEX Oreo. You can also install AndEX Oreo to a virtual hard drive while using VirtualBox. That is for some unknown reason not possible in VMware. You can run AndEX Oreo very well live in both VMware and VirtualBox though.

Screenshot – AndEX Build 180918 – the Desktop with Win 10 Launcher for Android 8.1 Oreo – with several extra apps (games) – Koi Video Live Wallpaper, Air Fighters, Popcorn Time, Wild Hunt, Racing In Car 2, Drift Clash and Fishing Club 3D – not pre-installed.

MORE NEWS 180918: AndEX – Oreo 8.1 with kernel 4.9.109-exton-android-x86_64 and GAPPS
My new build of Android-x86_64 Oreo 8.1 have GAPPS pre-installed. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Google Play Games and YouTube. Also many other apps. For example: Spotify, ES File Explorer, Firefox, Root Explorer, Control Screen Orientation and Clash of Clans.

ABOUT AndEX Oreo
My compiled Android-x86_64 system (Oreo 8.1) can run and be installed on almost all newer laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. You can (of course) also run AndEX in VirtualBox and/or VMware. Unfortunately only live though. I can also mention that I could run my new Oreo version without problems on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer. You can only do a manual installation to hard drive. That can, however, even be done to a drive where you already have another Linux system (for example Ubuntu 18.04) installed. Read more below about how to do a very simple manual installation of AndEX Oreo 8.1.

Android Oreo 8.1 was released 171205.

About the Android-x86 project – my sources

All AndEX versions are dependent of the Android-x86 Project’s activity and development.

Clash of Clans (pre-installed) and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) works very very well. Perfect video quality and audio. If you have a touchscreen you can also (for example) run Wild Hunt, Flight Pilot, CSR Racing 2, Angry Birds, Bowmasters and Shooting King. Watch a screenshot of the desktop when I have installed the just mentioned game apps (in AndEX Nougat).

HOW TO do a simple manual installation (FRUGAL) of AndEX Oreo to hard drive
The system’s install function does work in this new version of AndEX Oreo. You can, however, also do a very simple manually installation to hard drive. To be able to do that you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Follow these steps.
1. Use preferably Etcher to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180918.iso.
2. Start up a Linux system (Ubuntu or…) on the computer where you want to have AndEX Oreo installed.
3. Create a special partition for AndEX Oreo or use the partition where you already have one Linux system installed. The one you just booted up or…
4. Create a folder called ANDEX-OREO-180918 (or…) in the root (/) of your new partition (formatted as ext4) or in the root of for example your Ubuntu system.
5. Create also the folder /ANDEX-OREO-180918/data. Very important! All your system changes will be saved to the folder data. You can’t even run the system without it.
6. Now insert your USB stick with AndEX Oreo 8.1 and mount it (if not mounted automatically. You will see this.


As you can see there are 9 files on the USB stick. Transfer (copy) all of them to the folder ANDEX-OREO-180918. When you have done that the folder ANDEX-OREO-180918 will look like this.

You will now have 10 files in the folder ANDEX-OREO-180918 including the important folder data. As you can see I’ve presumed that you want to do a FRUGAL installation. I.e. have AndEX Oreo on the same partition you are running from. Now you must configure Grub to be able to boot up AndEX Oreo – see the example below.

About Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your hard drive (which you must have to be able to install AndEX Oreo Build 180918) you can see below how to use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader). You should add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom – for example:
menuentry ‘AndEX 8.1 Oreo 180918 (sda8-FRUGAL)’ {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
else
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
fi
linux /ANDEX-OREO-180918/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1366×768 SRC=/ANDEX-OREO-180918
initrd /ANDEX-OREO-180918/initrd.img
}

NOTE 1: On some computers you may have to add nomodeset to the linux boot line. If so you may also have to remove DPI=160 and UVESA_MODE=1366×768 from the linux boot line. AndEX won’t start otherwise or you won’t have sound.

NOTE 2: The DPI=160 entry provides a hint about the display’s pixel density in dots per inch. This is an important setting — if the Android display’s icons and text look too small and crowded, increase this number. If things seem too big, make it smaller.

NOTE 3: The UVESA_MODE=1366×768 entry describes the display size. This is also an important setting. If you know your display’s actual dimensions, enter them here. But not all dimensions work – it sometimes happens that a display specification that’s possible in principle isn’t feasible in practice.

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title AndEX Oreo 8.1 – 180918 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /ANDEX-OREO-180918/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive SRC=/ANDEX-OREO-180918
initrd /ANDEX-OREO-180918/initrd.img

Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware
You can (of course) also do a manual (FRUGAL) installation – as described above – also in VirtualBox and/or VMware. After such an installation everything will work very good. Do it like this.
1. Install a Linux system on a virtual partition of at least 20 GB in for example VirtualBox. Use Grub2 as boot loader. In this example I use ExLight Build 180214.
2. Start up ExLight and download the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180918.iso to /root.
3. Create the folder mnt and mount the ISO file there – watch this screenshot.
4. Create the folder /ANDEX-OREO and /ANDEX-OREO/data.
5. Copy all files from the folder mnt to /ANDEX-OREO – watch this screenshot. Be sure to also copy the hidden folder mnt/.disk to /ANDEX-OREO.
6. Finally edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg as this screenshot shows. Your Grub menu will then look like this. I.e. add these start lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg:
menuentry ‘AndEX Oreo 8.1 (sda1/VirtualBox-FRUGAL)’ {
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos1′
linux /ANDEX-OREO/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive SRC=/ANDEX-OREO
initrd /ANDEX-OREO/initrd.img
}

Language settings
You can (of course) run AndEX Nougat in any language. Just go to Settings and change to your preferred language. The changes will take immediate effect.

Wireless connections
Wifi works alright in AndEX Oreo. Just go to Settings and turn Wifi on.

Power off the system

Just press gently on your computer’s power button and you will get two alternatives. Power off or Restart.

Running AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware

You can run AndEX Oreo Build 180918 (from the ISO file) very well live in VirtualBox and VMware. But you cannot install AndEX 8.1 to a virtual hard drive in VMware. The install function doesn’t work in VMware. I.e. everything seems alright during the install process, but the system won’t boot from hard drive. You can, however, do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware. The install function in AndEX 7.1.2 Build 170619 and AndEX 7.0 Build 161107 work very well in VMware (and VirtualBox) though. Watch a slideshow, which shows all installation steps in VMware. NOTE: The “normal” install function works in VirtualBox while running AndEX Oreo Build 180918.

Becoming root is possible in AndEX Build 180918
You can become root by open up a terminal and su root. The app Root Explorer is also installed. Very useful I think. You can also become “Developer” by going to Settings >> About table >> and click several times on “Build number”. Watch this screenshot. As Developer you can do/test a lot of things. Watch this screenshot. In AndEX Marshmallow Build 170923 you can also su to become root. (Another good thing about that AndEX build is that Netflix works!).

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX Oreo Build 180918 almost all apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store and via Aptoide App Manager. You can even install very big games (of 1GB or so), but unfortunately almost all such games need a touchscreen. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

NOTE1/WARNING1
You must use a fairly new/modern computer. Android-x86_64 Oreo won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 Build 180108 will run also on older computers.

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download this version of AndEX Oreo you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded from Google Play Store or Aptoide App Manager can run in an Android-x86_64 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. You must also be aware of that some (many) games need a touchscreen. Clash of Clans and Angry Birds work very well though.

KNOWN ISSUES
1. You can’t install AndEX Oreo in VMware using the install function. You can run the system live very well though. You can also do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware. After that everything will work very well while running AndEX Oreo from your virtual hard drive.
2. Bluetooth doesn’t work. (You can enable Bluetooth and see units though).
3. You can’t use Netflix. (You can install the Netflix app, but it won’t run).

And once again please note this
PREREQUISITE for manual installations
The system can be installed manually to hard drive – see above. That’s sort of a FRUGAL installation used by Puppy Linux. To be able to do a frugal installation you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Running AndEX Oreo live: Use preferably Etcher or Rufus to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180918.iso. Or burn the ISO file to a DVD and run the system from it.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with Microsoft Launcher
Screenshot 2 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with Microsoft Launcher – all apps
Screenshot 3 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 running live in VMware
Screenshot 4 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 running from hard drive in VirtualBox
Screenshot 5 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 live boot screen
Screenshot 6 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 boot screen in VirtualBox after installation
Screenshot 7 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 developer options

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AndEX Oreo 8.1 (Android-x86_64) – Build 180614 – with Google Play Store (and everything else) working very well!

NEWS 180614 about AndEX Oreo 8.1
My first build of AndEX Oreo 8.1 is from 180103. My second build is from 180202. My new build of Android x86_64 – andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180614.iso can be installed (manually) to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX 8.1 in compatibility mode (VESA) though. NOTE: You can run AndEX Oreo Build 180614 on newer laptops and Desktop computers. The sound and the video performance is generally very very good.

MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES IN BUILD 180614
Google Play Store now works as intended. As an alternative you can use Aptoide App Manager. Aptoide is not pre-installed, but you can very easy install it. Two nice special window launchers are pre-installed: Microsoft Launcher and OO Launcher. (OO Launcher is an enhanced Android™ O Oreo™ style launcher, with many useful enhanced launcher features). I’ve discovered a new way to manually install AndEX Oreo to hard drive. Very simple! Read more below. You can now open up a terminal and become root with the command su root (which you couldn’t in previous versions of AndEX Oreo). Build 180614 uses kernel 4.9.95 with more support for various hardware.

Screenshot – AndEX Build 180614 – the Desktop with Win 10 Launcher for Android 8.1 Oreo – with several extra apps (games) – Koi Video Live Wallpaper, Air Fighters, Popcorn Time, Wild Hunt, Racing In Car 2, Drift Clash and Fishing Club 3D – not pre-installed.

MORE NEWS 180614: AndEX – Oreo 8.1 with kernel 4.9.95-exton-android-x86_64 and GAPPS
My new build of Android-x86_64 Oreo 8.1 have GAPPS pre-installed. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Google Play Games and YouTube. Also many other apps. For example: Spotify, ES File Explorer, Firefox, Root Explorer, Control Screen Orientation and Clash of Clans.

ABOUT AndEX Oreo
My compiled Android-x86_64 system (Oreo 8.1) can run and be installed on almost all newer laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. You can (of course) also run AndEX in VirtualBox and/or VMware. Unfortunately only live though. I can also mention that I could run my new Oreo version without problems on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer. You can only do a manual installation to hard drive. That can, however, even be done to a drive where you already have another Linux system (for example Ubuntu 18.04) installed. Read more below about how to do a very simple manual installation of AndEX Oreo 8.1.

Android Oreo 8.1 was released 171205.

About the Android-x86 project – my sources

All AndEX versions are dependent of the Android-x86 Project’s activity and development.

Clash of Clans (pre-installed) and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) works very very well. Perfect video quality and audio. If you have a touchscreen you can also (for example) run Wild Hunt, Flight Pilot, CSR Racing 2, Angry Birds, Bowmasters and Shooting King. Watch a screenshot of the desktop when I have installed the just mentioned game apps (in AndEX Nougat).

HOW TO do a simple manual installation (FRUGAL) of AndEX Oreo to hard drive
The system’s install function doesn’t work. I.e. everything seems alright during the install process, but the system won’t boot from hard drive. The system can therefore only be installed manually to hard drive. To be able to do that you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Follow these steps.
1. Use preferably Etcher to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180614.iso.
2. Start up a Linux system (Ubuntu or…) on the computer where you want to have AndEX Oreo installed.
3. Create a special partition for AndEX Oreo or use the partition where you already have one Linux system installed. The one you just booted up or…
4. Create a folder called ANDEX-OREO-180614 (or…) in the root (/) of your new partition (formatted as ext4) or in the root of for example your Ubuntu system.
5. Create also the folder /ANDEX-OREO-180614/data. Very important! All your system changes will be saved to the folder data.
6. Now insert your USB stick with AndEX Oreo 8.1 and mount it (if not mounted automatically. You will see this.


As you can see there are 9 files on the USB stick. Transfer (copy) all of them to the folder ANDEX-OREO-180614. When you have done that the folder ANDEX-OREO-180614 will look like this.

You will now have 10 files in the folder ANDEX-OREO-180614 including the important folder data. As you can see I’ve presumed that you want to do a FRUGAL installation. I.e. have AndEX Oreo on the same partition you are running from. Now you must configure Grub to be able to boot up AndEX Oreo – see the example below.

About Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your hard drive (which you must have to be able to install AndEX Oreo Build 180614) you can see below how to use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader). You should add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom – for example:
menuentry ‘AndEX 8.1 Oreo 180614 (sda8-FRUGAL)’ {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
else
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
fi
linux /ANDEX-OREO-180614/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1366×768 SRC=/ANDEX-OREO-180614
initrd /ANDEX-OREO-180614/initrd.img
}

NOTE 1: On some computers you may have to add nomodeset to the linux boot line. If so you may also have to remove DPI=160 and UVESA_MODE=1366×768 from the linux boot line. AndEX won’t start otherwise or you won’t have sound.

NOTE 2: The DPI=160 entry provides a hint about the display’s pixel density in dots per inch. This is an important setting — if the Android display’s icons and text look too small and crowded, increase this number. If things seem too big, make it smaller.

NOTE 3: The UVESA_MODE=1366×768 entry describes the display size. This is also an important setting. If you know your display’s actual dimensions, enter them here. But not all dimensions work – it sometimes happens that a display specification that’s possible in principle isn’t feasible in practice.

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title AndEX Oreo 8.1 – 180614 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /ANDEX-OREO-180614/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive SRC=/ANDEX-OREO-180614
initrd /ANDEX-OREO-180614/initrd.img

Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware
You can (of course) also do a manual (FRUGAL) installation – as described above – also in VirtualBox and/or VMware. After such an installation everything will work very good. Do it like this.
1. Install a Linux system on a virtual partition of at least 20 GB in for example VirtualBox. Use Grub2 as boot loader. In this example I use ExLight Build 180214.
2. Start up ExLight and download the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180614.iso to /root.
3. Create the folder mnt and mount the ISO file there – watch this screenshot.
4. Create the folder /ANDEX-OREO and /ANDEX-OREO/data.
5. Copy all files from the folder mnt to /ANDEX-OREO – watch this screenshot. Be sure to also copy the hidden folder mnt/.disk to /ANDEX-OREO.
6. Finally edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg as this screenshot shows. Your Grub menu will then look like this. I.e. add these start lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg:
menuentry ‘AndEX Oreo 8.1 (sda1/VirtualBox-FRUGAL)’ {
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos1′
linux /ANDEX-OREO/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive SRC=/ANDEX-OREO
initrd /ANDEX-OREO/initrd.img
}

Language settings
You can (of course) run AndEX Nougat in any language. Just go to Settings and change to your preferred language. The changes will take immediate effect.

Wireless connections
Wifi works alright in AndEX Oreo. Just go to Settings and turn Wifi on.

Power off the system

Just press gently on your computer’s power button and you will get two alternatives. Power off or Restart.

Running AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware

You can run AndEX Oreo Build 180614 (from the ISO file) very well live in VirtualBox and VMware. But you cannot install AndEX 8.1 to a virtual hard drive in VirtualBox and VMware. The install function doesn’t work. I.e. everything seems alright during the install process, but the system won’t boot from hard drive. You can, however, do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware. The install function in AndEX 7.1.2 Build 170619 and AndEX 7.0 Build 161107 work very well in VMware (and VirtualBox) though. Watch a slideshow, which shows all installation steps in VMware.

Becoming root is possible in AndEX Build 180614
You can become root by open up a terminal and su root. The app Root Explorer is also installed. Very useful I think. You can also become “Developer” by going to Settings >> About table >> and click several times on “Build number”. Watch this screenshot. As Developer you can do/test a lot of things. Watch this screenshot. In AndEX Marshmallow Build 170923 you can also su to become root. (Another good thing about that AndEX build is that Netflix works!).

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX Oreo Build 180614 almost all apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store and via Aptoide App Manager. You can even install very big games (of 1GB or so), but unfortunately almost all such games need a touchscreen. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

NOTE1/WARNING1
You must use a fairly new/modern computer. Android-x86_64 Oreo won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 Build 180108 will run also on older computers.

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download this version of AndEX Oreo you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded from Google Play Store or Aptoide App Manager can run in an Android-x86_64 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. You must also be aware of that some (many) games need a touchscreen. Clash of Clans and Angry Birds work very well though.

KNOWN ISSUES
1. You can run AndEX Oreo live on many computers, but the install function doesn’t work. You’ll have to do a manual installation as described above.
2. You can’t install AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and VMware using the install function. You can run the system live very well though. You can also do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox. After that everything will work very well while running AndEX Oreo from your virtual hard drive.
3. Bluetooth doesn’t work. (You can enable Bluetooth and see units though).
4. You can’t use Netflix. (You can install the Netflix app, but it won’t run).

And once again please note this
PREREQUISITE
The system can be installed manually to hard drive – see above. That’s sort of a FRUGAL installation used by Puppy Linux. To be able to do a frugal installation you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Running AndEX Oreo live: Use preferably Etcher or Rufus to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1050mb-180614.iso. Or burn the ISO file to a DVD and run the system from it.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with Microsoft Launcher
Screenshot 2 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with Microsoft Launcher – all apps
Screenshot 3 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 with Win 10 Launcher (not pre-installed)
Screenshot 4 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 running in VMware

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AndEX Oreo 8.1 (Android-x86_64) – Build 180202 – with Google Play Store working very well!

NEWS 180202 about AndEX Oreo 8.1
My first build of AndEX Oreo 8.1 is from 180103. My new build of Android x86_64 – andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1060mb-180202.iso can be installed (manually) to hard drive or on a USB stick. You can also run the system live. I.e. from a DVD or a USB stick. On some computers you’ll have to start up AndEX 8.1 in compatibility mode (VESA) though. NOTE: You can run AndEX Oreo Build 180202 on newer laptops and Desktop computers. The sound and video performance is generally very very good.

MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES IN BUILD 180202
Google Play Store now works as intended. As an alternative you can use Aptoide App Manager. Three nice special window launchers are pre-installed: Win 10 Launcher, Microsoft Launcher and OO Launcher. (OO Launcher is an enhanced Android™ O Oreo™ style launcher, with many useful enhanced launcher features). I’ve discovered a new way to manually install AndEX Oreo to hard drive. Very simple! Read more below.

Screenshot – AndEX Build 180202 – the Desktop with Win 10 Launcher for Android 8.1 Oreo – with several extra apps (games) – Koi Video Live Wallpaper, Air Fighters, Popcorn Time, Wild Hunt, Racing In Car 2, Drift Clash and Fishing Club 3D – not pre-installed.

MORE NEWS 180202: AndEX – Oreo 8.1 with kernel 4.9.54-exton-android-x86_64 and GAPPS
My new build of Android-x86_64 Oreo 8.1 have GAPPS pre-installed. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Google Play Games, Gmail and YouTube. Also many other apps. For example: Spotify, File Manager, Firefox, Root Explorer and Clash of Clans.

ABOUT AndEX Oreo
My compiled Android-x86_64 system (Oreo 8.1) can run and be installed on almost all newer laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. You can (of course) also run AndEX in VirtualBox and/or VMware. Unfortunately only live though. I can also mention that I could run my new Oreo version without problems on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer. You can only do a manual installation to hard drive. That can, however, even be done to a drive where you already have another Linux system (for example Ubuntu 17.10) installed. Read more below about how to do a very simple manual installation of AndEX Oreo 8.1.

Android Oreo 8.1 was released 171205.

About the Android-x86 project – my sources

All AndEX versions are dependent of the Android-x86 Project’s activity and development.

Clash of Clans (pre-installed) and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) works very very well. Perfect video quality and audio. If you have a touchscreen you can also (for example) run Wild Hunt, Flight Pilot, CSR Racing 2, Angry Birds, Bowmasters and Shooting King. Watch a screenshot of the desktop when I have installed the just mentioned game apps (in AndEX Nougat).

HOW TO do a simple manual installation (FRUGAL) of AndEX Oreo to hard drive
The system’s install function doesn’t work. I.e. everything seems alright during the install process, but the system won’t boot from hard drive. The system can therefore only be installed manually to hard drive. To be able to do that you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Follow these steps.
1. Use preferably Rufus to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1060mb-180202.iso.
2. Start up a Linux system (Ubuntu or…) on the computer where you want to have AndEX Oreo installed.
3. Create a special partition for AndEX Oreo or use the partition where you already have one Linux system installed. The one you just booted up or…
4. Create a folder called ANDEX-OREO-180202 (or…) in the root (/) of your new partition (formatted as ext4) or in the root of for example your Ubuntu system.
5. Create also the folder /ANDEX-OREO-180202/data. Very important! All your system changes will be saved to the folder data.
6. Now insert your USB stick with AndEX Oreo 8.1 and mount it (if not mounted automatically. You will see this.

As you can see there are 10 files on the USB stick. Transfer (copy) all om them to the folder ANDEX-OREO-180202. When you have done that the folder ANDEX-OREO-180202 will look like this.

You will now have 11 files in the folder ANDEX-OREO-180202 including the important folder data. As you can see I’ve presumed that you want to do a FRUGAL installation. I.e. have AndEX Oreo on the same partition you are running from. Now you must configure Grub to be able to boot up AndEX Oreo – see the example below.

About Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your hard drive (which you must have to be able to install AndEX Oreo Build 180103) you can see below how to use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader). You should add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom – for example:
menuentry ‘AndEX 8.1 Oreo 180202 (sda8-FRUGAL)’ {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
else
search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 35527b5d-4652-4bcf-97b5-27ff3b1f267a
fi
linux /ANDEX-OREO-180202/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1366×768 SRC=/ANDEX-OREO-180202
initrd /ANDEX-OREO-180202/initrd.img
}

NOTE 1: On some computers you may have to add nomodeset to the linux boot line. If so you may also have to remove DPI=160 and UVESA_MODE=1366×768 from the linux boot line. AndEX won’t start otherwise or you won’t have sound.

NOTE 2: The DPI=160 entry provides a hint about the display’s pixel density in dots per inch. This is an important setting — if the Android display’s icons and text look too small and crowded, increase this number. If things seem too big, make it smaller.

NOTE 3: The UVESA_MODE=1366×768 entry describes the display size. This is also an important setting. If you know your display’s actual dimensions, enter them here. But not all dimensions work – it sometimes happens that a display specification that’s possible in principle isn’t feasible in practice.

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title AndEX Oreo 8.1 – 180202 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /ANDEX-OREO-180202/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive SRC=/ANDEX-OREO-180202
initrd /ANDEX-OREO-180202/initrd.img

Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware
You can (of course) also do a manual (FRUGAL) installation – as described above – also in VirtualBox and/or VMware. After such an installation everything will work very good. Do it like this.
1. Install a Linux system on a virtual partition of at least 20 GB in for example VirtualBox. Use Grub2 as boot loader. In this example I use ExLight Build 180214.
2. Start up ExLight and download the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1060mb-180202.iso to /root.
3. Create the folder mnt and mount the ISO file there – watch this screenshot.
4. Create the folder /ANDEX-OREO and /ANDEX-OREO/data.
5. Copy all files from the folder mnt to /ANDEX-OREO – watch this screenshot. Be sure to also copy the hidden folder mnt/.disk to /ANDEX-OREO.
6. Finally edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg as this screenshot shows. Your Grub menu will then look like this. I.e. add these start lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg:
menuentry ‘AndEX Oreo 8.1 (sda1/VirtualBox-FRUGAL)’ {
load_video
insmod gzio
if [ x$grub_platform = xxen ]; then insmod xzio; insmod lzopio; fi
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos1′
linux /ANDEX-OREO/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive SRC=/ANDEX-OREO
initrd /ANDEX-OREO/initrd.img
}

Language settings
You can (of course) run AndEX Nougat in any language. Just go to Settings and change to your preferred language. The changes will take immediate effect.

Wireless connections
Wifi works alright in AndEX Oreo. Just go to Settings and turn Wifi on.

Power off the system

Just press gently on your computer’s power button and you will get two alternatives. Power off or Restart.

Running AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware

You can run AndEX Oreo Build 180202 (from the ISO file) very well live in VirtualBox and VMware. But you cannot install AndEX 8.1 to a virtual hard drive in VirtualBox and VMware. The install function doesn’t work. I.e. everything seems alright during the install process, but the system won’t boot from hard drive. You can, however, do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and/or VMware. The install function in AndEX 7.1.2 Build 170619 and AndEX 7.0 Build 161107 work very well in VMware (and VirtualBox) though. Watch a slideshow, which shows all installation steps in VMware.

Becoming root
You can’t become root by open up a terminal and su root. The app Root Explorer is however installed. Very useful I think. You can also become “Developer” by going to Settings >> About table >> and click several times on “Build number”. Watch this screenshot. As Developer you can do/test a lot of things. Watch this screenshot. In AndEX Marshmallow Build 170923 you can su to become root. (Another good thing about that AndEX build is that Netflix works!).

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX Oreo Build 180202 almost all apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store and via Aptoide App Manager. You can even install very big games (of 1GB or so), but unfortunately almost all such games need a touchscreen. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

NOTE1/WARNING1
You must use a fairly new/modern computer. Android-x86_64 Oreo won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 Build 180108 will run also on older computers.

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download this version of AndEX Oreo you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded from Google Play Store or Aptoide App Manager can run in an Android-x86_64 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. You must also be aware of that some (many) games need a touchscreen. Clash of Clans and Angry Birds work very good though.

KNOWN ISSUES
1. You can run AndEX Oreo live on many computers, but the install function doesn’t work. You’ll have to do a manual installation as described above.
2. You can’t install AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox and VMware. You can run the system live very well though. You can also do a manual installation as describe above under Manual installation of AndEX Oreo in VirtualBox. After that everything will work very well while running AndEX Oreo from your virtual hard drive.
3. Bluetooth doesn’t work. (You can enable Bluetooth and see units though).
4. You can’t use Netflix. (You can install the Netflix app, but it won’t run).
5. You can use the YouTube app, but he sound is better when running YouTube in Firefox or Google Chrome.

And once again please note this
PREREQUISITE
The system can be installed manually to hard drive – see above. That’s sort of a FRUGAL installation used by Puppy Linux. To be able to do a frugal installation you must have at least one Linux system installed on your hard drive. You must also use Grub as bootloader. Running AndEX Oreo live: Use preferably Etcher or Rufus to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file andex_x86_64-oreo-8.1-gapps-windows-launchers-1060mb-180202.iso. Or burn the ISO file to a DVD and run the system from it.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with Win 10 Launcher 1
Screenshot 2 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with Win 10 Launcher 2
Screenshot 3 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with Microsoft Launcher
Screenshot 4 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 Desktop with OO Launcher
Screenshot 5 – AndEX Oreo 8.1 running in VMware

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