Android is for smartphones and tablets. Chrome OS is for laptops and desktops. That’s what Google’s been telling us for the past decade. But a small group of developers have been challenging that idea for almost as long — and thanks to their efforts you can now install  Android 9 or Android 10 on computers with x86 chips.

The long-running Android-x86 project launched a release candidate of their Android 9-based operating system last week, and now the group is moving on to Android 10 — the team says the q-x86 source is now ready for developers.

Meanwhile developers and adventurous non-developers can already try out an early build of an Android 10-based desktop operating system thanks to the folks behind Bliss OS. Bliss OS 12 Alpha builds are now available for download.

Since these are still pre-release, alpha-quality builds with a number of known bugs. So Team Bliss wants to make sure you know what you’re in for before you try downloading and installing the operating system — and they’ve hidden a secret download code and instructions in a post on the xda-developers forum (you can also probably guess it from a recent tweet).

Once you’ve jumped through those hoops, you should be able to download Bliss 12 Alpha from the project’s download page and install it by following the instructions at the Bliss ROM documentation site.

Bliss is a fork of Android-x86 designed to run on most recent Chromebooks or Windows computers. Basically if you can run Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS, you should be able to run Bliss OS.

The operating system has an a desktop-style launcher with a taskbar and start menu-like app drawer, the ability to run apps in windows, and support for touchscreen and non-touch devices.

via xda-developers

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11 replies on “Bliss OS 12 Alpha brings Android 10 to desktop PCs”

  1. they should provide a simple installer like remix os and phoenix os do…they are complicating things…which hurt all

  2. I just wish they put it not on Sourceforge.

    With frequent interruptions and speed drops down to 64 or 32 KB/s it looks like I need to find some “download manager” to get it, like in 2003.
    All that to download a sub-gigabyte file.

    Unbelievable.

  3. I can attest that Android is 100% desktop ready i’ve been using Remix OS on the old Madcatz Mojo, and i love it uses a lot less energy. It doesn’t feel like I am missing anything from Winblows

  4. I’ve tried android on the desktop, and them uninstalled it. The main problem is this: No desktop software. You can run games and some limited versions of ‘big boy’ software. Pretty boring.

    1. I have a Surface Go. Got specifically because it runs Windows rather than a mobile OS. I suppose it would be good for this though too.

      1. I love my Surface Go, but it isn’t the fastest device. I even have the 8GB version. I also got it because it was a Windows system too. Still, I’d still love to see what it could do with Android. I hope it can dual boot something like this.

        When I got rid of my Pixel C, I got a Pixelbook. The Pixelbook is a great Chromebook, but boots Android in a VM to run apps. They can get sluggish. Miss having an Android tablet at times. I’d get one but the wife says I have enough toys. 🙁

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