One of Java's greatest advantages is that its design allows for cross-platform capability. This feature, however, is also a bug with regard to other aspects of programming. It is constrained in its interaction with the local machine, and thus the local machine instructions cannot be utilized to achieve the full performance potential of the machine.
Most Android devices run on some variant of ARM architecture, but Intel’s recent efforts have been focusing on the Android on Intel project, which aims to change all that.
Android-x86 is a project that ports Android OS to x86 platforms. It allows we to run Android right on our PC, instead of working exclusively on smartphones, tablets and handheld devices. This is the first Android 4.4 KitKat release candidate for PC. It is based on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat-MR1 release). The key features contain:
When we talk about Android, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? I bet 99% of the people will answer smartphones or tablets (unless there’s an app that you’re crazy about and that’s what you prefer). However, Android, being the open source platform that it is, offers much more flexibility in terms of the hardware that it can run on, and so there’s Android out there that can run just fine on x86 computer architecture as well. Yup – full-blown Android running natively, not the likes of BlueStacks! In this post, we’ll show you exactly how to get that.
As you are undoubtedly aware, the vast majority of Android devices run on some variant of the ARM architecture. Despite this, Intel has been hard at work on the Android on Intel project. Intel’s efforts have resulted in the release of Android 4.4.2, which can be installed now on the Dell XPS12 and Intel NUC.
Android tablets are often hit or miss. There are typically two types -- good quality and poor quality, with very few in between. Android purists will tell you to stick with the Nexus line, but restricting the pool of available tablets defeats the purpose of Android entirely -- choice and diversity. Instead, consumers should keep an open-mind to all manufacturers.
Intel(R) System Studio now adds full support for the Android* developer to its feature set. Everything from system software debug via JTAG to device driver and shared object build and optimization with the Intel(R) C++ Compiler and the Intel(R) VTune(TM) Amplifier for Systems and Intel(R) Energy Profiler is available as part of one comprhensive development studio.
Intel and Apress have released a free 380-page ebook called “Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel Architecture.”
One of the most challenging hurdles to porting Android code to work on x86 PCs and non-smartphone and tablet devices has been a lack of vendor support, including recognition from Google. In particular, there has been no Board Support Package help for system development. "We need to develop everything ourselves, including the drivers and HALs," noted project maintainer Chih-Wei Huang.
Summary: Chrome and Android haven’t merged but you can actually run Android on a Chromebook if you know where to look. We share the details on that and discuss Samsung’s performance promises for the new Chromebook 2.
This video focusses on setting up an x86 emulator using Android virtual device manager. Learn how to set up different parameters and configure dependencies to successfully create an x86 emulator.
Could it eventually replace a Microsoft Windows, a desktop Linux distribution or the Mac OS X? Maybe! A desktop or laptop running a more polished version of Android-x86 KitKat software easily could cash in on mobile Android's popularity and become an Android distro for PCs, said Nubo Software CTO Ron Munitz. After all, Android is Linux. It's based on the Linux kernel.
If you wish to install latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat on your Windows 8 or 7 PC, here is the simple guide. It is easy with free desktop virtualization software Oracle VirtualBox. There are few methods available with earlier Android versions to install directly on normal PC hardware but these methods are slightly complicated and not recommended for all computer users.
CHIPMAKER Intel has shipped an Android software development kit (SDK) x86 system image with Google API support for devices powered by its Atom mobile chip. Intel Atom x86 system images for the Android SDK emulator have been available to users for a while, but many have been frustrated that the system image didn't include access to any of the Google application programming interfaces (APIs).
If you've used the Android SDK, you've probably noticed that Intel Atom x86 system images for the emulator have been available for a while now. You might have been frustrated with the fact that the system image didn't include access to any of the Google APIs.