Android-x86 - Ice Cream Sandwich
Android-x86 running 4.0.3 ICS on my PC.
This blog is a collection of hands-on notes on building Android ICS 4 virtualbox installer for x86 from official Google x86 virtualbox target vbox-x86-eng (included in ICS 4.0 source) and using a Linux 2.6 kernel provided by Intel to add specific feature for virtualbox and how to use installer.vdi to install Android ICS 4.0 into Virtualbox.
Good news for fans of the project Android-x86 for which we have spoken a few times, just released RC1 version for everyone to try android ice cream sandwich on your laptop/notebook or computer. For those who do not know Android-x86, just say that this is a project for porting Android to PCs (x86).
Some of you have asked how to dual-boot Android-X86 4.0 ICS (which uses GRUB legacy) with Ubuntu (GRUB 2), so here's how to do it, including a video showing all the required steps as well as installing Android-X86.
Here I’ve discussed how to experiment with Android-x86 Ice Cream Sandwich using virtual machines. Two days ago the Android-x86 team has released RC1 of Android x86 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). After a short test drive in Virtualbox two days ago, I took yesterday some time to test the new RC1 on Eee PC 701G and MSI Wind U 100 (live system and also SD card installation).
[Demo] Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Running On PC - Toshiba C660 - YouTube
Android-x86 is a project that provides Android support for x86, making it easy to install it on netbooks or laptops. You can use it like any other Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device: install applications from the Android Market, add widgets and so on.
Boot Time: Android 2.3 vs Android 4.0 (android x86) vs Chrome OS on Netbook Asus Eee Pc 1005HA vs A9 - YouTube
Opera is proud to unveil a labs build of Opera Mobile 12, for devices built on Intel x86 architectures, which has already been run successfully on top of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The mobile smartphone and tablet industry seems to have a very prominent divide, with a lot of consumers having their favorite operating system and choosing to stick to hardware which is powered by their chosen OS. Obviously fans of Apple's iOS use the iPhone and iPad devices, whereas Android lovers have a wide range of hardware to choose from due to the fact that the OS is available to multiple manufacturers.
The Android-x86 project is glad to announce 4.0-RC1 release to public. This is a release candidate for Android-x86 4.0 stable release. Live CD ISOs are available from our sites, as usual
If you want to play around with Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) but don’t have an Android phone or tablet, you can download the official Android SDK, or better yet, grab a preconfigured virtual machine that will run ICS in VirtualBox. Other than providing an interesting look at the primary competitor to iOS, virtual machines are useful for compatibility testing, and developers and designers should find some value in adding an Android VM alongside their Windows & Internet Explorer VM’s, giving this some practical use beyond the novelty factor.
There’s been a lot of talk about desktop modes i Android this week, but many don’t realize that you can install an experimental build of Android on your laptop or desktop computer right now. Android-x86 is a derivative of open-source Android that runs on standard Intel-compliant hardware, i.e. the vast majority of computers out there.
This video is probably boring to those who don't know about Android on x86-based computers. It's a walkthrough of the basic functionality, showing that the latest incarnation of Android works great on this 8 year old device.