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28 February 2012, 15:04

Android 4.0 for x86 processors approaches with RC

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Zoom Some of the default applications in Android-x86 RC1
The Android-x86 Project has published a release candidate of its Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" port for the x86 platform. Aimed at netbooks and tablets, it includes the 3.0.8 Linux kernel with KMS enabled and, its developers say, should be able to run at most netbooks' native resolution.

Android-x86 4.0-RC1, also referred to as as "ics-x86", is based on the source code of version 4.0.3 of Google's open source mobile operating system, and supports OpenGL hardware acceleration on AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets. It also includes support for multi-touch, Wi-Fi, audio, Bluetooth, accelerometers and some built-in cameras. However, its developers note that suspend and resume may not work on some targets, and that Ethernet (wired LAN) is not currently functioning.

Further information about the RC, including a full list of features, can be found in the release notes. Android-x86 4.0-RC1 is available to download from Google Code; hybrid images optimised for systems with AMD's Brazos platform, such as the MSI WindPad 110W, ASUS Eee PC netbooks, some ASUS laptops and tablets, and Tegra 2 systems, including the ViewSonic ViewPad 10, are currently provided. Source code for Android-x86 is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

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