First Public Build Of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich For x86 Devices Now Available
By on January 5th, 2012
One of the key new changes in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is that it supports x86 based processors right out of the box. This is quite important for Intel, since its Medfield based SoC for phones, is ultimately an x86 based processor.There was still some work left on the x86 scenario when Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. Well, now the Android-x86 team has released the first public build of Ice Cream Sandwich for x86 powered This means that developers and advanced users can now run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on their PCs/Tablets or Laptops without the need for an emulator.

Below are the key features of Android 4.0.3 based for x86 devices -:

  • Kernel 3.0.8 with KMS enabled. Most tablets/netbooks can run Android-x86 in the native resolution.
  • OpenGL hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets. However, if you have trouble with it, you can disable it by adding HWACCEL=0 to the cmdline.
  • Support Wifi, multitouch and audio.
  • Experimental support of Renderscript.
  • Hybrid mode of iso images.
  • A new text based GUI installer which supports ext3/ext2/ntfs/fat32 filesystems.
  • External usb drive and sdcard are auto mounted on plugging.
  • Compressed filesystem (squashfs)

There are still a few issues with this build, like the camera does not work, no support for Ethernet and the Suspend/Resume feature might not work on some devices.

Readers who are interested in trying out Ice Cream Sandwich on their x86 PCs can download the required ISO file from here. Advanced users and developers can find more info about Ice Cream Sandwich for x86 devices here.

Author: Rajesh Pandey Google Profile for Rajesh Pandey
Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at rajesh@techie-buzz.com.

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