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 on your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc.

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Replacement for Windows, Mac or even Linux Desktop systems?

Some belive what I just said. The Android-x86 Project (Run Android on your PC) is about porting the Android Open Source Project to the x86 platform.

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Install the system to hard drive

Say for example that you have a laptop with Windows 10 installed as the only operating system. If you just create one extra partition of about 5 GB you can install Android KitKat, Lollipop or Marshmallow on this extra partition and then “dual-boot”.

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Softpedia’s articles about AndEX (Android) Lollipop

AndEX (Android) Lollipop is now on Softpedia.
Review page: http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Linux-Distributions/AndEX-103735.shtml
It appears to include all the stock Android applications, such as the Google Chrome web browser, Google Calendar, Google Maps, the stock Android web browser, as well as the Email, Clock, Calculator, Phone, Navigation, Music, Gallery, Messaging, and File Manager apps.

In addition, AndEX includes the Aptoide App Store that allows users to install more apps, and many other useful apps, including Advanced Facebook, Nature Live Wallpapers, Bulmedia Gallery, WeLine, YourMap, RSS Reader, WiFi Analyzer, Quickoffice, Speech Recorder, Terminal Emulator, and Like.

Bottom line
In conclusion, AndEX proves to be a good competitor for the Android x86 operating system, which is currently based on the Android 4.4 Kit Kat mobile OS from Google. Unfortunately, it will only run on modern, powerful computers, as old hardware components are not currently supported.

…and here’s a nice article about AndEX: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Run-Android-5-0-2-Lollipop-on-Your-PC-with-AndEX-Live-CD-475695.shtml
Arne Exton had the pleasure of informing Softpedia about its brand-new Android-based Live CD operating system that allows anyone to run the latest Android 5.0.2 “Lollipop” mobile operating system on desktop or laptop computers. The distribution uses Arne’s special Linux kernel 3.10.58-exton-android-x86+, which includes support for the NTFS file system, as well as some extra drivers.

While the well-known Android x86 project already offers a live operating system based on Google’s Android mobile operating system, which is used on all sorts of mobile devices worldwide, the AndEX project brings the game of running Android on PCs to a new level, as it uses the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS instead of the old 4.4 Kit Kat one.

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Android-x86 5.0.2 Lollipop Live CD with kernel 3.10.58-exton-android-x86

Android logoI have compiled an Android x86 system (Lollipop 5.0.2), which can run live (from CD) or be installed on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Ausus laptops. The Android system is distributed in the form of an ISO file as the rest of my Linux distributions. I.e. you must (as usual) burn the ISO file to a CD if you want to run the system live on your computer or install it to hard drive. Read about how to burn ISO files. Or skip that. Just use ImgBurn. Nothing can go wrong.

About AndEX
Lollipop 5.0.2 is the latest version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google. I call my remaster of it AndEX Lollipop Live CD. It uses “my” special kernel 3.10.58-exton-android-x86 with some extra features. I.e. extra drivers and NTFS read/write support. My Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 build from 2015-03-21 will cost you 8 $ and my Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 build from 2015-03-30 7 $. They have three advantages over the Lollipop version: Aptoide App Manager respectively Google Play Store is pre-installed, a newer kernel (3.18.8 respectively 3.18.2) is used and you can run the systems in VirtualBoxRead more about the KitKat 4.4.4 version 150321 or DOWNLOAD it instantly. Read more about the KitKat 4.4.4 version 150330 or DOWNLOAD it instantly.

Installing new apps in AndEX Lollipop
Use Aptoid Apps Store, which is pre-installed. Just make your choices

Install the system to hard drive

Say for example that you have a laptop with Windows 8.1 installed as the only operating system. If you just create one extra partition of about 5 GB you can install Android Lollipop on this extra partition and then “dual-boot”. I.e. you can turn on your computer (called “booting it up”) and decide whether you want to start Windows or Android Lollipop. Grub will be installed as boot handler/loader during the installation of Android Lollipop. Note: The installation will take only about one minute. And the installation to hard drive is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.

More about Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your computer you should skip installing Grub during the installation of Android KitKat. If you use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader) you should instead add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom
menuentry ‘Android-x86 5.0.2 Lollipop 150306 (sda8)’ {
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos8′
linux /android-2015-03-06/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-03-06
initrd /android-2015-03-06/initrd.img
}

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today even though Android KitKat uses it) you should add thease lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title Android-x86 5.0.2 Lollipop 150306 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /android-2015-03-06/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-03-06
initrd /android-2015-03-06/initrd.img

USB installation
Read my instruction.

NOTE ABOUT BIOS CHANGES
You’ll have to make changes in BIOS (boot order) so that your computer will start up from the CD or USB stick before the hard drive. On a new computer you may also have to change from UEFI Boot to Legacy Boot. On my new HP Pavilion Desktop computer it looks like this.
bios-hp-pavilion

VirtualBox
Unfortunately you cannot (normally) run/test the system in VirtualBox. I.e. run it directly from the ISO file and install it to a hard drive created in VirtualBox. That can however be done if you use one of my other Android remasters KitKat 4.4.4 version 150330.

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.

NOTE1/WARNING
You must use a fairly new/modern computer. Android x86 Lollipop won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remasters KitKat 4.4.4 will run also on older computers.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Desktop without modifications
Screenshot 2 – AndEX installed apps
Screenshot 3 – AndEX preventing rotation
Screenshot 4 – AndEX using Google Maps
Screenshot 5 AndEX with modified Desktop
Screenshot 6 – AndEX with modified Desktop

Note2 that Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Exton build 1, Exton build 2, Exton build 3 and Exton build 4 can run on many more laptops/computers than AndEX (Android-x86) Lollipop 5.0.2.

Note3: The AndEX Lollipop ISO has been out on SourceForge.net and the Swedish Linux Society for free since 150307 until today (150402). The ISO file has been downloaded about 50000 times during that period. More than any of my other Linux distributions (ever).

Note4: This first version of AndEX has been replaced by version 150505, which has GAPPS pre-installed. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Google+, Maps, YouTube and more apps. The ISO is called android-x86-5.0.2-lollipop-GAPPS-exton-782mb-150505.iso.

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Android KitKat 4.4.4 x86 – Exton build – for laptops

Android logoI have compiled an Android x86 system (KitKat 4.4.4), which can run live (from CD) or be installed on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Ausus laptops. The Android system is distributed in the form of an ISO file as the rest of my Linux distributions. I.e. you must (as usual) burn the ISO file to a CD if you want to run the system live on your computer or install it to hard drive. Read about how to burn ISO files. Or skip that. Just use ImgBurn. Nothing can go wrong.

Replacement for Windows, Mac or even Linux Desktop systems?
Some belive what I just said. The Android-x86 Project (Run Android on your PC) is about porting the Android Open Source Project to x86 platform. The Android-x86 Project’s latest release is Android-x86 4.4-r2 from 2015-01-01. The ISO file can be downloaded for free from SourceForge.net or Softpedia. My Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 build from 2015-03-01 will cost you 7 $. It has three advantages over the my free Lollipop 5.0.2 version: Google Play Store is pre-installed, a newer kernel (3.18.2) is used and you can run the system in VirtualBox. Read more about the KitKat 4.4.4 version or DOWNLOAD it instantly…

Boot screen

Kernel
Kernel 3.18.2-android-x86+ is used.

Installing new apps
Google Play Store is pre-installed (among many other apps) so you can just go ahead and make your choices…

Install the system to hard drive
Say for example that you have a laptop with Windows 8.1 installed as the only operating system. If you just create one extra partition of about 5 GB you can install Android KitKat on this extra partition and then “dual-boot”. I.e. you can turn on your computer (called “booting it up”) and decide whether you want to start Windows or Android KitKat. Grub will be installed as boot handler/loader during the installation of Android KitKat. Note: The installation will take only about one minute. And the installation to hard drive is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.

More about Grub and “dual-boot/multi-boot”
If you already have have one or more Linux systems installed on your computer you should skip installing Grub during the installation of Android KitKat. If you use Grub2 (which Ubuntu and most other Linux systems use as boot loader) you should instead add these lines to /boot/grub/grub.cfg or /etc/grub.d/40_custom
menuentry ‘Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat 150301 (sda8)’ {
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos8′
linux /android-2015-03-01/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-03-01
initrd /android-2015-03-01/initrd.img
}

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today even though Android KitKat uses it) you should add thease lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat 150301 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /android-2015-03-01/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-03-01
initrd /android-2015-03-01/initrd.img

USB installation
Read my instruction. It is for AndEX (Android) Lollipop, but the same instruction works for my KitKat version.

NOTE ABOUT BIOS CHANGES
You’ll have to make changes in BIOS (boot order) so that your computer will start up from the CD or USB stick before the hard drive. On a new computer you may also have to change from UEFI Boot to Legacy Boot. On my new HP Pavilion Desktop computer it looks like this.
bios-hp-pavilion

VirtualBox
You can also (of course) run/test the system in VirtualBox. I.e. run it directly from the ISO file and even install it to a hard drive created in VirtualBox.

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.

Screenshots
The boot screen
The welcome screen
The Desktop (after I have added a few apps)
All apps (after I have added a few)
Google Play Store is used
The file manager is used
Poweroff

NOTE
This version has been replaced by version 5 150504 with kernel 4.0.0-exton-android-x86 and GAPPS

Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

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