The Android-x86 Project
works fairly well. I installed the 4.4.4 version (KitKat) on a virtual machine (VM) created using the free VMWare Player. A beefy Windows 8.1 PC is the host PC. A couple quirks were that I had to delete the default SCSI hard drive device, and then add a replacement IDE drive to the VM. It works great for the most part, except that the mouse is occasionally laggy, and for some reason after a specified amount of time, all I get is a Blank Screen
Researching the problem, it seems that it has either froze/hung or gone to sleep. I read from many sites that suggested hitting the ESC key, the left right arrows, send some sort of ACPI wake up command (not sure how the heck I would do that in VMWare Player). I tried right-clicks, left clicks, Windows key, dragging the "invisible" mouse cursor- nothing worked in ridding of this black screen. Same goes with CTRL-ALT-DEL.
Then I started mashing random buttons on the keyboard, and one of them worked. It turned out to be the Context Menu
key, next to the right Windows key on the keyboard.
If you pressed that same key while Android-X86 is running, it actually actives the menu key of the touchscreen- see the screen shot:
It was kind of cool too that you could just start typing a word and it will automatically activate Google Now. For instance if I typed "coupon", this is what happens:
If you press ALT-TAB
, you can switch between apps, just like in Windows.
To pin an app to the Home Screen
, click and hold with your mouse button.
A couple things I wished I could do, or that the OS could improve/fix, however:
- Have the ability to Copy and paste from the Android X86 to the desktop. Unfortunately VMWare Tools is required for this functionality, and VMWare does not have it for Android.
- Ability to run all Android Apps. Many games unfortunately will not install on Android-X86 because they only supported the ARM architecture.
- Too bad that most games will NOT work (Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, anything graphical).
- Quick way to increase the resolution/desktop size
- Fix app problems. For instance some apps can install but not work- for instance Chrome and Firefox will crash upon start-up. Youtube and Gmail both work just fine, however.
- Some apps will rotate the screen to portrait, but unfortunately this situation makes things unusable