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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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Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Build 10 with GAPPS, three new Windows launchers, Bluetooth (working!) and Mesa 10.5.9

Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Exton Build 180108, version 10, is a ready!
This new version (180108) is basically the same as AndEX KitKat Build 160214. I have now upgraded some apps and added three new (Windows) launchersComputer Launcher, Microsoft Launcher and Win 10 Launcher. To be able to run AndEX Oreo 8.1, which was released 180103, you’ll have to use a fairly new computer. AndEX KitKat runs also on older computers, which is one reason for me to remind you of the existence of AndEX KitKat 4.4.4. I can mention that this KitKat Build 10 works on my (very) old Acer Aspire 5102WLMi AMD with ATI Radeon Xpress 1100. Many 3D games run just fine. So you can use AndEX KitKat Build 180108 to bring an old PC back to useful life! I mean a PC on which you have an old (perhaps outdated) Windows system installed.

Features

I’ve added Mesa (3D Graphics Library) 10.5.9 for better Graphic performance. The system can run live (from CD or a USB stick) on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Asus laptops. I can also mention that I could run this version without problems on a HP Pavilion 500-317no Desktop Computer. 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 DVD 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. Or transfer the ISO file to a USB stick with Rufus and run the system live from the USB stick. You can easily 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 choices…

Used kernel
4.4.0-exton-android-x86.

Replacement
This version (version 10) replaces all my previous (9) Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat builds. In version 10 (as in version 9) I’ve added GAPPS. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Maps, YouTube and more apps. Everything just works.

My sources
My KitKat Build 10 is based on the Android-x86 ProjectRun Android on your PC. So is my other Android-x86 builds.

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 all Broadcom wifi cards. I have experience from two different cards – BCM4311 and BCM43142. The first mentioned one works. 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 my KitKat build 10 you’ll have to use a wired connection.

First run – live from DVD, USB stick or VirtualBox/VMware
1. If everything is alright during boot you will see this boot animation
2. The first screen you’ll see
3. Choose launcher
4. The first desktop screen in portrait mode
5. Change to landscape mode

Install 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 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 during the installation of Android KitKat.

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:
(Example):
menuentry ‘Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat 180108 (sda8)’ {
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root=’hd0,msdos8′
linux /android-2016-02-14/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 \
acpi_sleep=s3_bios,s3_mode SRC=/android-2016-02-14 DPI=160 UVESA_MODE=1920×1080 \

initrd /android-2016-02-14/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=1920×1080 from the linux boot line. (AndEX won’t start otherwise).

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=1920×1080 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 even though Android KitKat uses it) you should add these lines to /boot/grub/menu.lst
title Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat 180108 (sda8)
root (hd0,7)

kernel /android-2016-02-14/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 SRC=/android-2016-02-14
initrd /android-2016-02-14/initrd.img

USB installation
Read my instruction. It is for AndEX (Android) Lollipop, but the same instruction works for my KitKat version. You can run Android-x86 from a USB stick with persistence. I.e. all system changes will be saved on the stick.

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.

VirtualBox and VMware
You can also run/test the system in VirtualBox and/or VMware. I.e. run it live directly from the ISO file. AndEX KitKat can’t be installed in VirtualBox or VMware though. I believe some changes in VirtualBox and VMware make it impossible, because the old version (version 9) could be installed and run from a virtual hard drive. That is not the case anymore.

Power off the system
You can use the PowerOff app so you don’t have to use the power switch.

Change theme when using the Computer Launcher
Go to Menu >> Dark Blue Theme. The desktop will them look like this.

Updates
If you install Andriod-x86 to your hard drive or to a USB stick with persistence 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.

ATI Radeon compatibility
I can mention that this KitKat Build 10 works on my old Acer Aspire 5102WLMi AMD with ATI Radeon Xpress 1100. Many 3D games run just fine.

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. Read my article About how useful an Android-x86 system can be for the average computer user.

Need to upgrade?
Well, if you have installed any of my previous KitKat versions with GAPPS to your hard drive and the system is working alright you don’t “have to” upgrade. That’s because (as I say above) all included GAPPS will be upgraded automatically (just like your Android phone). Otherwise you can contact me so I can send you the new download link. Then please show your previous receipt.

SCREENSHOTS
1. Choosing launcher
2. Desktop with Computer Launcher
3. Running YouTube
4. Running in VirtualBox
5. Running in VMware
6. First screen – auto turn

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