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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, VLC, Computer Launcher 2 and Spotify :: Build 201027

NEWS 201027 – A new version of AndEX 10 is ready!
I’ve uploaded a new upgraded version of AndEX 10 – android_x86_64-10-exton-gapps-aptoide-fdroid-spotify-1330mb-201027.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 1330 MB! Makes it easier to run AndEX on computers with low RAM. The very nice launcher Computer Launcher 2 is used in this AndEX version. Make it your standard Launcher. (Surprise your friends with new look style windows 11 of your Android). Version 201027 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.

Upgrade from previous versions of AndEX 10?
If you already have AndEX 10 version 200108, 200218, 200225 or 200604 up and running there is no need to acquire the newest version from 201027. 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 201027 about AndEX 10 with GAPPS
My fifth build of AndEX 10 is ready. It has GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aptoide App Manager, F-Droid, Spotify, Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, VLC, Brave Private Browser, Computer Launcher 2 and many other apps pre-installed. My new build of Android x86_64 10 – android_x86_64-10-exton-gapps-aptoide-fdroid-spotify-1330mb-201027.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.

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 somewhat bad performance. I.e. the system is a bit slow and it might restart. 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. 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).

(AndEX 10 was compiled 201025).

When booting up AndEX 10 you shall see this boot animation.

Clash of Clans and Angry Birds (not pre-installed) and other popular games
Clash of Clans (a very popular epic strategy game) and Angry Birds (not 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. 3D Chess Game is 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 4.19.122-exton is used in AndEX 10 Build 201027.

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 201027. 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 android_x86_64-10-exton-gapps-aptoide-fdroid-spotify-1330mb-201027.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-10-201027
5. Extract android_x86_64-10-exton-gapps-aptoide-fdroid-spotify-1330mb-201027.iso to the root (/ANDEX-10-201027) 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-10-201027.
7. You will then have a folder called ANDEX-10-201027 with four important files – the folder data, initrd.img, system.sfs and kernel – see the picture below. The folder /ANDEX-10-201027/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-10-201027 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 201027 (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-10-201027/kernel root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1366×768 SRC=/ANDEX-10-201027
initrd /ANDEX-10-201027/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-10-201027
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 – 201027 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /ANDEX-10-201027/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.selinux=permissive androidboot.hardware=android_x86_64 SRC=/ANDEX-10-201027
initrd /ANDEX-10-201027/initrd.img

NOTE: Doing a manual installation is not necessary. 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 looked like this.

Watch a movie showing the “normal” install process (in VirtualBox)…

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 install new apps or download new wallpapers or… Nothing will be left after a reboot (of course). When installing to a USB stick using Rufus it will look like this.



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 201027 (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. The desktop will look like this.

It is not possible to setup a wallpaper when running AndEX 10 Build 201027 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 (not 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 – screenshot1 and screenshot2. 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 performance is bad. NOTE: Not as regards Build 200604 though. As you can see from this screenshot you can even set a wallpaper.

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 3.12 (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 201027 with GAPPS
Screenshot 2 – AndEX 10 201027 running Google Play Store
Screenshot 3 – AndEX 10 201027 Desktop with another wallpaper
Screenshot 4 – AndEX 10 201027 – shows how to access files from a PC in your Network
Screenshot 5 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200604 with GAPPS and many other apps pre-installed
Screenshot 6 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 running Google Play Store
Screenshot 7 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 Desktop after first boot
Screenshot 8 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 running AIDA64
Screenshot 9 – AndEX 10 Build 200604 running in VirtualBox
Screenshot 10 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200218 with GAPPS and the 3D Launcher

Screenshot 11 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200108 with GAPPS
Screenshot 12 – AndEX 10 running Google Play Store
Screenshot 13 – AndEX 10 running Aptoide App Manager
Screenshot 14 – AndEX 10 running F-Droid
Screenshot 15 – AndEX 10 running the YouTube
Screenshot 16 – AndEX 10 showing all apps
Screenshot 17 – AndEX 10 running Angry Birds
Screenshot 18 – AndEX 10 running Drag Racing
Screenshot 19 – AndEX 10 running 3D Chess
Screenshot 20 – AndEX 10 Fishing Clash
Screenshot 21 – AndEX 10 running CSR Racing 2
Screenshot 22 – AndEX 10 Desktop 200225


DOWNLOAD five different versions of AndEX 10. All for for 9 $

Or use this download link especially for AndEX 10 Build 201027…

md5sum for AndEX 10 Build 200108 ISO
md5sum for AndEX 10 Build 200218 ISO
md5sum for AndEX 10 Build 200225 ISO
md5sum for AndEX 10 Build 200604 ISO
md5sum for AndEX 10 Build 201027 ISO

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AndEX (Android-x86) 5.1.1 Lollipop with GAPPS and kernel 4.0.8 – Build 151010

andex-desktop-build-20151010-smallNEWS 151010: Build 150916 has been replaced by Build 151010, which is totally error-free and has some extra features.

Comparison with my previous Build from 150916
News in Build 151010
: Most important is that Build 151010 can run and be installed in VirtualBox and VMware. Also that OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for Intel/AMD (radeon) and Nvidia (nouveau) chipsets is enabled. I’ve also added the Twitter and Viber apps. Very useful apps (I think).

MORE NEWS 151010

My new build of Android-x86 Lollipop 5.1.1 has GAPPS pre-installed. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Maps, YouTube and more apps. For example: Twitter, Viber, Facebook and OfficeSuite 8. The ISO is called android-x86-5.1.1-lollipop-kernel-4.0.8-exton-GAPPS-588mb-151010.iso. AndEX 151010 is totally error-free. For installing new apps you shall always use Google Play Store in AndEX Build 151010. Only use Aptoide App Manager (which is also pre-installed) if you can’t find the app you are searching for in Google Play Store.

About AndEX

My compiled Androidx86 system (Lollipop 5.1.1) can run live (from CD or a USB stick) or be installed on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus 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.

More about AndEX
Lollipop 5.1.1 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 4.0.8-exton-android-x86 with some extra features. I.e. extra drivers. My Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 build from 2015-07-21 will also cost you 9 $. I has one advantage over the Lollipop version: The system can be used also on older laptops. Read more about the KitKat 4.4.4 version 150721 or DOWNLOAD it instantly.

Wireless connections
When the system has booted up you will normally be asked to configure you wireless network. Unfortunately the Android-x86 project doesn’t support Broadcom wifi cards. Necessary Broadcom drivers can be installed in other Linux systems (for example in Ubuntu), but not (yet) in an Android-x86 system. So if you have a Broadcom wireless card and want to run AndEX you’ll have to use a wired connection.

Installing new apps in AndEX Lollipop
Use Google Play Store or Aptoide App Manager, which are pre-installed. Just make your choices. Normally you should always use Google Play Store, but if you can’t find the app you are looking for you can try Aptoide.

Installing 3D games
I wrote an article 150608 about installing 3D games in my KitKat 4.4.4 Build 6. The same games can be installed in AndEX Build 151010. I have also tested Cars: Fast as Lightning and Trials Frontier in AndEX. Those apps ran without problems.

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 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 AndEX. 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 5.1.1 Lollipop 151010 (sda8)’ {
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos8′
linux /android-2015-09-09/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-09-09
initrd /android-2015-09-09/initrd.img
}

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today even though Android Lollipop uses it) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title Android-x86 5.1.1 Lollipop 151010 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /android-2015-09-09/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-09-09
initrd /android-2015-09-09/initrd.img

About error 963 and Google Play Store
If you have installed AndEX on an ext3 partition you may get the dreaded error message 963 when trying to install new apps via Google Play Store. According to many forum posts and my own experience the only real good fix is to install Andex/Lollipop to an ext4 partition. There we have another problem since Grub2 can’t be installed to an ext4 partition when installing AndEX/Lollipop. That problem can only be solved if you have Grub2 installed in another Linux system on your computer. (Then you can use an ext4 partition for the installation and afterwards edit your Grub2 installation in your other Linux system). This problem with ext3/ext4 (error 963) is only applicable for AndEX/Lollipop. I.e. Google Play Store will work as expected in my KitKat version of Android-x86 even if the Android system is installed on an ext3 partition. Note: This error will probably not show up in AndEX Build 151010.

Other problems with Google Play Store
Under certain circumstances Google Play Store can crash. What you can do then is to install the latest version of Google Play Store using Aptoide App Manager. Before that you should go to Settings and remove all traces of Google Play Store from “data” and “system”. After that reboot your computer before you go on and install the new downloaded version of Google Play Store. Note: You can’t upgrade Google Play Store using Google Play Store. Here Aptoide come in handy.

USB installation
Read my instruction. Learn how you can run AndEX from a USB stick with persistence. Read under A).

VirtualBox

You can run/test the AndEX system in VirtualBox. I.e. run it directly from the ISO file and install it to a hard drive created in VirtualBox. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 version 9 160214 can also run very well in VirtualBox.

Upgrade/Updates
This build of AndEX (151010) replaces Build 150916. No need to upgrade if you already have a working version of Build 150916 installed. All installed apps (GAPPS and others) will then be in the same version as in build 151010 of AndEX. I.e. if you install Andriod-x86 to hard drive or to a USB stick with persistence all installed apps will be automatically updated/upgraded via Google Play Store. The system will check for updates all the time or after a reboot. It works in the same way as on your Android phone. If, however, you need or want to run AndEX in VirtualBox and/or VMware you can contact me so I can send you a download link for Build 151010. Please add your recite for Build 150916 or 150914.

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 version 151010 almost all apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store. 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 Lollipop won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 Build 9 160214 will run also on older computers.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Desktop with Sea Turtle Live Wallpaper (pre-installed) – Watch this movie
Screenshot 2 – AndEX running Cars: Fast as Lightning
Screenshot 3 – AndEX running Trials Frontier
Screenshot 4 – AndEX running Stick Tennis
Screenshot 5 – AndEX with extra apps
Screenshot 6 – AndEX with more extra apps
Screenshot 7 – AndEX running 3D Chess
Screenshot 8 – AndEX running Pool Break 3D

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download this version of AndEX you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded from Google Play Store can run in an Android-x86 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. On the other hand I could run Pes Club Manager, which is of 866 MB.

DOWNLOAD
This AndEX Lollipop build has been replaced by Build 160215.

Note3: Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Exton build 9 160214 can run on many more laptops/computers than AndEX (Android-x86) Lollipop 5.1.1.

Note4: The AndEX Lollipop ISO has been out on SourceForge.net and the Swedish Linux Society for free from 150307 until 150402. The ISO file was downloaded about 50000 times during that period. More than any of my other Linux distributions (ever).

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AndEX (Android-x86) 5.1.1 Lollipop with GAPPS and kernel 4.0.8 – Build 150916

NEWS 150916: Build 150914 has been replaced by Build 150916, which is totally error-free.

NEWS 150916AndEX – Lollipop 5.1.1 with kernel 4.0.8 and GAPPS
My new build of Android-x86 Lollipop 5.1.1 has GAPPS pre-installed. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Maps, YouTube and more apps. For example: Facebook and OfficeSuite 8. The ISO is called android-x86-5.1.1-lollipop-kernel-4.0.8-exton-GAPPS-571mb-150916.iso. AndEX 150916 is totally error-free. For installing new apps you shall always use Google Play Store in AndEX build 150916. Only use Aptoide App Manager (which is also pre-installed) if you can’t find the app you are searching for in Google Play Store.

About AndEX

My compiled Androidx86 system (Lollipop 5.1.1) can run live (from CD or a USB stick) or be installed on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus 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.

More about AndEX
Lollipop 5.1.1 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 4.0.8-exton-android-x86 with some extra features. I.e. extra drivers. My Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 build from 2015-07-21 will also cost you 9 $. I has two advantages over the Lollipop version: You can run the system in VirtualBox and the system can be used also on older laptops. Read more about the KitKat 4.4.4 version 150721 or DOWNLOAD it instantly.

Error messages during setup (2) – only re. Build 150914
When running AndEX Build 150914 is possible that you will get some “crash messages” when it is time to setup your wireless connection and log in to your Google account. Just close the message windows. Everything works!

1. When you try to run the Gmail app you will most certainly also get a message saying that you have to update Google Play Services. Just do it. It will look like this.

google-play-services-20150611After that everything will be OK! I.e. you can run every installed app and install new apps (via Google Play Store). If, however, the computer locks up during the setup press Ctrl Alt Del and the setup will continue.
2. You will also most certainly get this error message.
keyboard-aosp--20150914
Fix it after your Android x86 Lollipop desktop is ready by open Settings >> Language & Input. It will look like this.
keyboard-settings-20150914
Just click on the button to the right. Everything will be alright after that.
NOTE: You will not get the above error messages when running AndEX Build 150916.

Wireless connections
When the system has booted up you will normally be asked to configure you wireless network. Unfortunately the Android-x86 project doesn’t support Broadcom wifi cards. Necessary Broadcom drivers can be installed in other Linux systems (for example in Ubuntu), but not (yet) in an Android-x86 system. So if you have a Broadcom wireless card and want to run AndEX you’ll have to use a wired connection.

Installing new apps in AndEX Lollipop
Use Google Play Store or Aptoide App Manager, which are pre-installed. Just make your choices. Normally you should always use Google Play Store, but if you can’t find the app you are looking for you can try Aptoide.

Installing 3D games
I wrote an article 150608 about installing 3D games in my KitKat 4.4.4 Build 6. The same games can be installed in AndEX Build 150916. I have also tested Cars: Fast as Lightning and Trials Frontier in AndEX. Those apps ran without problems.

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 5.1.1 Lollipop 150916 (sda8)’ {
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos8′
linux /android-2015-09-09/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-09-09
initrd /android-2015-09-09/initrd.img
}

If you use Grub Legacy (which is very unusual today even though Android Lollipop uses it) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title Android-x86 5.1.1 Lollipop 150916 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /android-2015-09-09/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2015-09-09
initrd /android-2015-09-09/initrd.img

About error 963 and Google Play Store
If you have installed AndEX on an ext3 partition you may get the dreaded error message 963 when trying to install new apps via Google Play Store. According to many forum posts and my own experience the only real good fix is to install Andex/Lollipop to an ext4 partition. There we have another problem since Grub2 can’t be installed to an ext4 partition when installing AndEX/Lollipop. That problem can only be solved if you have Grub2 installed in another Linux system on your computer. (Then you can use an ext4 partition for the installation and afterwards edit your Grub2 installation in your other Linux system). This problem with ext3/ext4 (error 963) is only applicable for AndEX/Lollipop. I.e. Google Play Store will work as expected in my KitKat version of Android-x86 even if the Android system is installed on an ext3 partition.

Other problems with Google Play Store
Under certain circumstances Google Play Store can crash. What you can do then is to install the latest version of Google Play Store using Aptoide App Manager. Before that you should go to Settings and remove all traces of Google Play Store from “data” and “system”. After that reboot your computer before you go on and install the new downloaded version of Google Play Store. Note: You can’t upgrade Google Play Store using Google Play Store. Here Aptoide come in handy.

USB installation
Read my instruction. Learn how you can run AndEX from a USB stick with persistence. Read under A).

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 my other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 version 7 150721.

Upgrade/Updates
This build of AndEX (150916) replaces Build 150611. No need to upgrade if you already have a working version of build 150611 installed. All installed apps (GAPPS and others) will then be in the same version as in build 150916 of AndEX. I.e. if you install Andriod-x86 to hard drive or to a USB stick with persistence all installed apps will be automatically updated/upgraded via Google Play Store. The system will check for updates all the time or after a reboot. It works in the same way as on your Android phone.

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 version 150916 almost all apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store. 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 Lollipop won’t run (even start) on older computers. My other Android remaster KitKat 4.4.4 build 150721 will run also on older computers.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Desktop with Autumn Live Wallpaper (pre-installed)
Screenshot 2 – AndEX running Cars: Fast as Lightning
Screenshot 3 – AndEX running Trials Frontier
Screenshot 4 – AndEX running Stick Tennis
Screenshot 5 – AndEX with extra apps
Screenshot 6 – AndEX with more extra apps
Screenshot 7 – AndEX running 3D Chess
Screenshot 8 – AndEX running Pool Break 3D

NOTE2/WARNING2
Before you buy and download this version of AndEX you must be aware of that not all apps downloaded from Google Play Store can run in an Android-x86 system. Some very big (around 1GB) games for example won’t run. On the other hand I could run Pes Club Manager, which is of 866 MB.

Replacement
This build of AndEX (150916) replaces build 150611, which also had GAPPS pre-installed.

DOWNLOAD
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Note3: Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Exton build 7 150721 can run on many more laptops/computers than AndEX (Android-x86) Lollipop 5.1.1.

Note4: The AndEX Lollipop ISO has been out on SourceForge.net and the Swedish Linux Society for free from 150307 until 150402. The ISO file was downloaded about 50000 times during that period. More than any of my other Linux distributions (ever).

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About how useful an Android-x86 system can be for the average computer user

kitkat-desktop-small-waterfall-wpA great discovery
This morning I discovered (once again) how useful an Android-x86 system can be. As a matter of fact it can do everything the average computer user needs to do! I.e. you can browse the Internet with different browsers (for example Google Chrome), easily check your mail with the app Gmail or other apps, watch YouTube movies with the YouTube app, handle Facebook with the Facebook app, edit your photos with PicsArt Photo Studio and manage all kinds of documents with QuickOffice or WPS Office. You’ll have to have Google Play Store installed though. And as an extra “App Finder” Aptoide App Manager (when you can’t find the app you want on Google Play Store).

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. My Android-x86 version 5 of May 4, 2015 has just about everything the average computer user can wish for pre-installed.

Pre-installed apps and prerequisites
Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Exton build version 5
can run live (from CD) on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus 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. You can also very easy install the system to your hard drive and install new apps. You can also install new apps while running the system live. Google Play Store and Aptoide App Manager are pre-installed so you can just make your choice. My Android-x86 version 5 replaces version 1 and version 2 of my Android-x86 KitKat builds. In version 5 I’ve added the following apps: Google Play Store (quite difficult to install) Aptoide App Manager, YouTube, Nature Live Wallpapers, Rotation Control Lite, Facebook, WPS Office, QuickOffice, QuickPic and PicsArt Photo Studio.

Running Android-x86 Exton build version 5
When you run the system for the first time from CD, a USB stick or hard drive you can install Google Maps and Google+. You’ll also get the chance to update Google Play Services to the latest version. Watch this slideshow.

Install Android-x86 Exton build version 5 to hard drive
That can be done virtually in VirtualBox if you don’t want to touch your hard drive.. I.e. run it directly from the ISO file and install it to a hard drive created in VirtualBox. You can of course also make a “real” hard drive installation – see my instructions. Be sure to create a install partition of about 5 GB in advance with the filesystem ext4 if you already use Grub as boot manager or the filesystem ext3 if you want to install Grub during the installation of Android-x86.

USB installation
Also a very smart way ro run an Android-x86 system if you don’t want to touch your hard drive. Installing Android-x86 to a “good” USB pen drive is almost as useful as having the system on a hard drive. I.e. if you install my Android-x86 version 5 on (for example) a SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 stick the system will run very fast. And you can enjoy persistence of you follow my instructions under A). It is for AndEX (Android) Lollipop, but the same instruction works for my KitKat version.

Screenshots
The “live fish” Desktop pic 1
The “live tiger” Desktop pic 2
The “live fish in the sea” Desktop pic 3
The “live aqarium” Desktop pic 4

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