Android X86 4.4-r2 on the HP Split X2

Jul 17, 2015

Let me start off by saying that I read the news today of a micro desktop computer that’s currently getting funding on Kickstarter and it’s running Remix OS. Remix OS is a version of Android that’s modified to work as a desktop OS, rather than a phone/tablet OS. It has a task bar, start button, and allows for resizable program windows. Looking through the screenshots and videos, it seems like an amazing version of Android and I wish that I could run it. As inexpensive as the PC is (seemingly $30 + shipping), I do most of my work and blogging from the couch.

Being the geek that I am, I now wasn’t happy running Windows 8.1 on my tablet. Let’s face it, Android is a more fun OS, and I quite like many of the programs available to it better than Windows programs. I was now set on getting Android (albeit, not Remix OS) running on my tablet. Fortunately, the Android X86 project sets out to accomplish just that.

Now, I don’t have a step-by-step tutorial on how to install it. There are many out there, so I don’t find a need to do the same. I will say that it wasn’t easy and took me a good hour to get it going by Googling around. But I’ll gladly list the basic steps of going from Windows 8.1 to Android 4.4 on my tablet.

Note that by following these basic directions, YOU WILL LOSE WINDOWS AND ALL FILES. Please backup any files before you begin. Make sure you boot in live mode to make sure it’ll even work before trying to follow any guide.

Also worth noting that you may not need to do steps 1, 4-8 if you download 4.4-r3, but was definitely required for 4.4-r2.

1. Download an Ubuntu ISO
2. Download the Android X86 ISO
3. Download the Linux Live USB Creator
4. Create an Ubuntu live USB. Boot it.
5. Go into gparted and remove all partitions from the hard drive
6. Setup an ‘msdos’ type partition table
7. Create an ext3 partition
8. Save and shut down
9. Create an Android X86 live USB. Boot it.
10. Choose install.
11. ???

Sound, wireless, the touch screen, trackpad, and keyboard worked perfectly without any tweaking. It came with Google Play so I was easily able to get my apps reinstalled, but it took two reboots after setting up my Gmail account before I could reinstall my paid apps.

Overall, I wish I had Remix OS, but Android is doing a great job on my tablet. Hopefully they get Android 5.0 or 5.1 stable soon (because I have no interest in a developer release), as I’m already craving an upgrade.

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