The Android 8.1 Oreo mobile system has become available in the desktop version and launched on portable devices with x86 architecture. Outwardly, an android on a PC bears a resemblance to the interface of the tenth Windows. At the moment, the new system is presented in a stable version, but its refinement is still ongoing. If you remember the history of the Android OS, the system was originally compatible with mobile devices based on the ARM architecture.
The desktop version of Android is a full-fledged OS, which in some cases completely replaces the classic Microsoft "windows". The announcement of the Android x86 project for computers, laptops and other desktop devices took place back in mid-2018. At that time, it was based on OS version 7.1. Compared to it, the new Android desktop system has many changes in both the outer shell and internal components.
The modified version of Android on the PC received a standard windowed interface, which includes the classic taskbar along with the "Start" menu, which contains a list of all installed and recently opened programs and files, there is a search bar. Various actions are available to the user, including placing shortcuts to quickly launch the most used applications. Nearby there is a power button for shutting down and restarting the entire system.
Android-x86 supports FreeForm multi-window mode, which makes the system even more Windows-like. Unlike its mobile version, Android on a PC can run several applications, changing their size and position. The system allows you to expand one of the applications to full screen or hide it by placing it as an icon on the taskbar.
The Android-x86 desktop system is equipped with full support for audio cards, touch displays, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies, built-in cameras, Ethernet adapters. In addition, the desktop Android has a tool that detects the presence of USB drives and microSD cards, after which it will open access to them automatically. The system also supports various touch sensors.
The Android system on the computer compensates for the possible absence of a position sensor in the desktop device by the ForceDefaultOrientation tool, which allows you to manually set the display orientation. This function provides optimal display of programs for vertical arrangement of screens in landscape mode.
There are two versions of the Android-x86 system for 32- and 64-bit devices. The sizes of modifications opened for download and subsequent installation were 675 MB and 856 MB, respectively. The Android desktop system is also available for tablets equipped with Intel and AMD chipsets. Along with the two regular builds of the system, there are special versions of them in the RPM package format for deployment on Linux.
All assemblies of the Android-x86 project are provided free of charge, while owners of previously installed Android-x86 systems can update to the latest Android 8.1 build without having to reinstall the entire system.
The Topic of Article: A stable version of Android for desktop devices is available.