Android 7.1 Nougat successfully ported to x86 platform

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Open Source Development Network (OSDN) is one of the most notable platforms that brings many open source Operating System projects, especially based on Android. The Project Android x86 from the OSDN is objected to port Android Operating System capable to run on x86 based Personal Computer and Macs. The community had developed many recent versions of Android, which can be independently run on a PC. Now, the latest development brings Android 7.1 R1 Nougat to the x86 platform.

There are mainly four versions of the ported Operating System available to download; 64-bit and 32-bit variants of both ISO and RPM versions. On Windows-based systems, you can use the VirtualBox or any other Virtual Machine software to run the operating system. If you are using a Linux platform, you can install the Android 7.1 R1 Nougat x86 by using “alien” tool. Follow the commands to install it.

$ sudo apt install alien
$ sudo alien -ci android-x86-7.1-r1.x86_64.rpm

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Here is the complete changelog of the x86-based Android Nougat OS.

  • Android-x86 installer was improved a lot including:
    • Create EFI boot entry to efibootmgr.
    • Add auto-installation function which is useful to install Android-x86 as the only one OS.
    • Provide more information on disk and partition selection menu.
    • Add advanced options to provide more boot options.
    • Save the last choice in grub2 menu.
  • Update kernel to the LTS kernel 4.9.80 with more patches from AOSP.
  • Add a new HAL for iio type sensors.
  • Show power off menu by ctrl-alt-del.
  • Fix a lot of bugs.

According to the developers, the Google Play services may crash sometimes. Also, Suspend and resume doesn’t work on some devices. You can download the latest version of the Project Android x86 from the official website anytime.