Google’s Android operating system may be designed for smartphones, tablets, and TVs. But the folks at the Android-x86 project have been packaging up the open source version this mobile OS and turning it into a desktop operating system for years.

Today the latest stable release is out — Android-x86 9.0 is designed to let you run Android 9 Pie on a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an Intel or AMD processor.

Update: Android-x86 9.0 r2 was released on March 25th, 2020 and includes an updated Android image, kernel updates, and a few other improvements.

In addition to bringing Android 9 features including updated apps, APIs, and UI elements, this PC-based build includes:

  • Support for 32-bit and 64-bit x86 processors
  • Hardware-accelerated graphics with support for OpenGL ES 3.x on Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA GPUs, as well as experimental Vulkan graphics support
  • An optional Taskbar launcher (although you can use a stock Android-style launcher as well)

Supported hardware includes WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, camera, audio, and multitouch input.

You can install the operating system like any GNU/Linux distribution — or even run it as a LiveCD, which lets you boot into Android without installing it. I took the operating system for a brief spin in VirtualBox today to grab the screenshot above — but I did have to follow the instructions in the Android-x86 documentation in order to boot a live image in a virtual machine.

While Android-x86 development tends to lag behind Google’s release schedule by a year or two (Android 11 is already coming this year), the latest stable release of this Android-for-PC operating system comes just a little more than a year after the first stable release of Android-x86 8.1.

But if you’re itching to run Android 10 on a PC, there are options. Bliss OS 12 is an Android 10-based operating system for PCs with x86 chips, and after releasing alpha builds a few months ago, the developers of Bliss OS have moved the latest builds to beta status.

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  1. I dunno, I have my desktop and/or laptop and right next to it I have my physical android phone. Why try to smush the two together? They are completely different devices for completely different use cases. “Convergence” is DEAD. Let’s get over it…

    1. I use smart devices via my puter and Android devices which I won’t link and sync. Cortana doesn’t have the comprehension skills just to turn on the lights via voice command which is pretty dismal when using smart devices. Google Assistant has no problems so I’ve had to use my phone over my puter until now. It’s really a minor issue. Anyhow, with BlueStacks emulator I’ve got Google Assistant running through default on my desktop so problem resolved.

  2. please do a easier dual boot tutorial…. and also show us how to in install and try to use remix os iso installer if possibkle

  3. The basic flaw with this is that there is nothing in the play store that actually works well on a desktop form factor and keyboard. I’ve tried this and it’s really pretty pointless.

  4. Sorry if this is an obvious question to most of you but does this 9.0 version have the ability to use voice command on your Windows 10 to wake up the Google Assistant? I’m not a fan of Cortana due to lag and comprehension. Thanks

    1. …what?

      This is to install an Operating System on your x86 device. Basically, you can delete (or dual-boot) Android instead of Windows.

      Google Assistant is an App for Android. It’s also ported to iOS (but has some restrictions). It has unofficially come to Windows10 via a side-installation through the Chrome Browser. And it also comes pre-installed on new Chromebooks.

      Google Assistant CAN wake up x86 devices, at least on Chromebooks. I don’t think it can on Windows 10. And it definitely works on ARM devices. So I’m not sure if it will work fully here. I tried to Google it, but it didn’t really come with any hits. Your best bet is it install this AndroidOS v9.0 on your x86 machine, download the system App “Google Assistant”, and test it yourself.

      1. Will try out the 9.0 since know one knows yet. I successfully installed the watered down version of the Google Assistant via Python. It’s pretty anti-climatic. Would be nice if there was a Chrome extension that could totally by-pass Cortana

        1. Just a heads up, if you test it in a Virtual Machine like Brad has done above, you will not get Google Assistant to work in the background/Ambient Mode. When you say the key phrase “Okay Google…” it won’t wake up the laptop.

          If you install it natively, either as a dualboot or primary boot, it MIGHT work. It was designed (on ARM) from the ground up to actually work in the background, and on top of this, it works on x86 Chromium. So there’s a good chance it will just work. But you won’t know until you try.

          Cortana was meh when it was released, and is pretty much getting phased out by Microsoft. That sucks because more competition is always better, and it was Cortana/Edge which was generating traffic for Bing. Now that they’re both gone (or going), Bing will lose a lot of users, which means they will probably go to using Google Search, which has a monopoly in this market. I recommend using DuckDuckGo personally, and I’m not a fan of GA/Alexa due to security and privacy concerns. I guess Siri is the lesser of three evils?

          1. I installed it natively and it won’t wake up G/A either, you have to open the .bat icon on the desktop in order to initiate it which goes to a CMD screen that open’s up G/A then hit enter then talk. Very watered down. I’m not a Mac/Apple user either since I’m pretty Chang. If Cortana was snappy and could understand colloquial talk like G/A I wouldn’t complain

          2. DuckDuckGo, Alexa, Siri all use the Bing API. Bing isn’t going anywhere.

            Flight Simulator 2020 is built using over 2 petabytes of Bing maps data.