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  • Android 4.0 For x86 Is Now Available

    Phoronix: Android 4.0 For x86 Is Now Available

    Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" is now available for x86 platforms...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTAyMTU

  • #2
    I would be cool if we could do some Android development with that. The ARM virtual machine that comes with the Android SDK is very slow

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    • #3
      Can i use this Release an every x86 cpu or its bound again to specific hardware? The latest generic version in an 2.2 Build and its deprecated.

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      • #4
        Also where can drivers be found for ethernet, camera and audio? Sounds I'd want to use this on my Thinkpad T42 just for fun, and is there access to the Android Market?

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        • #5
          desktop application

          It'd be nice if someone ported a "desktop" application that ran X or Wayland with keyboard and mouse suppport. Kinda like how Windows 8 has a desktop application.

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          • #6
            On generic hardware i get an kernel Panic ....

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            • #7
              In Virtualbox and in qemu with kvm on my i5 480M it simply doesn't boot and simply produces more and more dots........

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nille View Post
                Can i use this Release an every x86 cpu or its bound again to specific hardware? The latest generic version in an 2.2 Build and its deprecated.
                AFAIK all of the AMD testing has been on Brazos but it uses generic drivers so *may* work on other AMD systems. I would expect a pile of bugs on other HW but don't know if the nature of the bugs would be "die horribly" or just nits.

                The image probably only has the r600 driver (6xx-NI) though, not r300 (3xx-5xx).

                Don't think the Ethernet issues are "missing drivers" as much as "the drivers aren't wired into Android correctly yet" but that is just my impression from hanging around the edges of discussions.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DeepDayze View Post
                  Also where can drivers be found for ethernet, camera and audio? Sounds I'd want to use this on my Thinkpad T42 just for fun, and is there access to the Android Market?
                  I don't know about Android Market, but if you are expecting to buy/download applications and run them on x86 there will be some issues. Theoretically if an app is Java only and doesn't use any ARM architecture specific libraries then it will work on x86.

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                  • #10
                    This works surprisingly good on my AMD Fusion E-350 notebook!

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                    • #11
                      There's a YouTube demo up now, including Android Market :

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugG80Zqjgd4

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                        This works surprisingly good on my AMD Fusion E-350 notebook!
                        It works not so surprisingly good on my E-450 notebook. It did boot (very slow, about twice as slow as a Fedora live CD) and the GUI showed up on screen, but the screen was flickering every time I moved the mouse cursor. Almost nothing else worked, the keyboard was recognized by the kernel according to dmesg but key presses appeared to do nothing, wifi was again recognized by the kernel but it couldn't be activated from the GUI.
                        That is all I was able to test before it went to sleep, as it looks like even though the touchpad was moving the cursor on screen it didn't count as "activity" for Android. The only thing counting as activity was key presses, even though it did not react to them in any other way. So pressing a key woke up Android only to see a garbled screen.

                        And, btw, when they say x86 they really mean 32 bits, I was expecting at least the kernel to be x86_64, but it didn't even have PAE enabled.

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                        • #13
                          We saw that flickering on one of our systems a couple of months ago. Don't remember what fixed it but will see if it was an actual fix or just went away, ie "the next image didn't flicker".

                          There is another YouTube demo covering first boot - I also thought it seemed pretty slow but I think it was running some kind of setup wizard as well.

                          I don't think I've ever seen mention of 64-bit Android -- AFAIK it's pretty much 32-bit only for now. You can run (32-bit) Android emulation on a 64-bit (Windows) system but that's not the same thing

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                          • #14
                            The reason why I expected it to use a 64bit kernel is that all x86 chips that will be produced from now on are 64bit capable, and by the time Android x86 will be ready for production 2GB or even more will be a usual amount of RAM for a tablet, and a 32bit kernel can not efficiently handle that amount. I didn't follow the development of Android, I only tried it out of curiosity and because of the comment that it works on a E-350.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by devius View Post
                              I don't know about Android Market, but if you are expecting to buy/download applications and run them on x86 there will be some issues. Theoretically if an app is Java only and doesn't use any ARM architecture specific libraries then it will work on x86.
                              Thanks for that..will look at using java-only apps that don't don't make ARM-specific API calls

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