Most people know that Android is an operating system for smartphones and tablets but do you know many people run this even on their PCs and laptops? Especially, Android x86, since it is based on Linux, can be installed as an operating system on your personal computer and used as such. The current version is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It is a modified version of Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code specifically programmed to run on devices with AMD and Intel processors. According to the statement released by Android-x86.org,
Android-x86.org is glad to announce the 4.4-r1 release to public. This is the first stable release Android-x86 4.4 (KitKat-x86). The 4.4-r1 release is based on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat-MR1) release. We have fixed and added x86-specific code to let the system run smoothly on x86 platforms, especially on tablets and netbooks.
The key features include: integrate FFmpeg as the stagefright plugin to support more multimedia files; use the latest long-term stable kernel, version 3.10.52, with more drivers enabled, most netbooks can run Android-x86 in the native resolution; OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets; enhance the installer to support upgrade from previous versions…
Why would you use Android on your PC? It can be another open source alternative just like Ubuntu and various other versions of Linux if you don’t want to spend money on the Windows operating system. If conventional PC operating system requirements don’t matter much to you, you may also like to install Android on your PC just so that you can have the same experience that you have on your tablet, for instance using apps and games on your PC whenever you feel like.