The Android-x86 team is pleased to announce today that the upcoming version of Android-x86 9.0 will allow users to install the Android 9 Pie operating system on a PC. The Android-x86 9.0 version is currently in development, with Android 9 Pie (Android-9.0.0_r50) capable of running Android Pie on 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x86_64) computers.
The Android-x86 9.0 version not only rebuilt the operating system on Android 9 Pie, but also introduced a number of enhancements, thanks to the latest Mesa 19.0.8 graphics stack that enables AMD, Intel, Nvidia and QEMU (virgl) Hardware acceleration, and with SwiftShader supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, software rendering can be performed on unsupported GPUs.
In addition, Android-x86 9.0 promises hardware acceleration decoding on Intel HD and G45 graphics graphics devices, support for secure boot and installation from UEFI disks, GRUB-EFI bootloader support themes, as well as audio, Bluetooth support, cameras, Ethernet (DHCP only), multi-touch, sensor and Wi-Fi support.
Other notable features in android-x86 9.0 versions include a new text-based GUI installer, support for automatic installation of external USB drives and SD cards, and the ability to support ARM apps through the native bridging mechanism, which can be available in the “Settings” and “Android-x86 options.”
The new version also adds a new taskbar as an alternative launcher that supports free-form window mode and places the start menu and system tray spout, as well as recently used applications, at the top of the screen, with the default orientation enabled by default on devices without known sensors. This eventually allows vertical applications to run on landscape devices without rotating the screen.
Android-x86 9.0 will also enable experimental Vulkan support for newer Intel and AMD graphics cards, which can be enabled in Advanced Options and Vulkan Support. With this version, users can also eventually upgrade from an unofficial version. For virtual machines, Android-x86 9.0 brings mouse integration.
Android-x86 9.0 RC1 is currently available for download. This pre-release version comes with a long-supported Linux 4.19.80 kernel, but is recommended for testing purposes only and not for any production work. To improve application compatibility, this version will also simulate A Wi-Fi adapter via Ethernet.