For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors.
We’ve been keeping an eye on the development of Android-x86 for a little while now, with the release of 4.4 seemingly imminent for some months now. In the past we’ve managed to use dodgy hacks of Android on proper computers or an emulated version via the ADK, but this promises to be one of the first complete ports of the mobile operating system to x86.
Everyone knows how S-L-O-W and painful the Android emulator can be when developing. The Intel x86 system images are better, but still a bit slow, so most of us test and debug on actual devices. Still, emulators come in handy. In the past, I came across the Android x86 project and thought it would be a good option, but found the project to not be ready for prime time. With their 4.4 release earlier this month, that has changed.
Android-x86, a port of the famous Android operating system for the x86 platform, has reached version 4.4 R1 and is now ready for testing.
The small form factor tablet market is very crowded, with pretty much every manufacturer seeking to claim a slice of the pie through Android, Windows 8 and iOS offerings. Budget models are especially abundant, headed by the supremely popular and generally fantastic Google Nexus 7, which retails for around $215 a year on from its release.
Remember when people dismissed the iPad as a fad? It's just a big iPod Touch, they said. Who would want one of those? Quite a lot of folks, actually. The iPad touched off a revolution that has grown to truly epic proportions. 207 million tablets shipped last year, according to market research firm Gartner, and that total is expected to grow to 256 million in 2014. The following year, Gartner projects that tablet shipments will hit 321 million units and eclipse PCs for the first time.
Have you ever installed Ubuntu, Fedora or any other Linux based operating system alongside windows. At-least Tried? No! No worries here is a step-by-step guide on “How to Install and Run Android 4.4 KitKat alongside Windows ?” and this is way simple than the above operating systems because it is a mobile operating system and doesn’t require any sort of drivers and installations. Just install and run.
Android (x86) is a project which aims to port Android system to Intel x86 processors to let users install it easily on any computer, the way they do this is by taking android source code, patching it to work on Intel x86 processors and some laptops and tablets.
After my participation at the Intel Android CodeFest, I decided to make a tutorial on how to prepare Planet Conqueror to run on Intel based Android devices. The game uses the libGDX developer framework. I think it’s a good idea to write this article so that other developers using the same framework can successfully provide their apps with x86-architecture support and hopefully avoid any pitfalls while doing it.
Intel has a vested interest in helping developers provide Android applications that run well (or even best) on Intel architecture. While Intel is working at the community level - optimizing Dalvik Java, V8 engine, and Bionic C; contributing to the code base; and providing releases with both 32 bit and 64-bit Kernels for IA; they are also creating new tools to help Android developers.
Corona is a popular framework that can be used to rapidly develop cross platform mobile apps. Apps are developed using the Corona SDK which is based on the Lua scripting language. Corona has a vibrant community of developers creating apps which has led to many great tutorials about using Corona available already.
A “Console OS” Kickstarter project is building an Android 4.4 fork for Intel CPUs on everything from PCs to tablets, complete with a dual-boot option. Intel is hoping to spur a new wave of dual-boot Android/Windows 2-and-1s and tablets with its Atom Z3000 and upcoming, newly announced Core M processors. So far, however, Android has yet to make much of dent in the PC market, either as a standalone or dual-boot OS.