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ReleaseNote 4.4-r3

Android-x86 4.4-r3 (KitKat-x86)   2015/07/17

The is glad to announce the 4.4-r3 release to public. This is the third stable release Android-x86 4.4 (kitkat-x86). The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The 4.4-r3 release is based on the Android 4.4.4_r2.0.1 (KTU84Q) release. We have fixed and added x86 specified code to let the system runs smoothly on x86 platforms, especially for tablets and netbooks. There are a lot of improvements since the 4.4-r2 release including
  • Upgrade the kernel to 4.0.8 with more drivers enabled to support modern hardware. Baytrail platform is well supported.
  • Replace Bluedroid by the Bluez stack. Bluetooth is more stable and usable.
  • Be able to install image and grub2-efi to GPT partitioned disks.
  • Add a new sensor HAL to support iio style sensors.
  • Update Mesa to 10.5.9. Enable hardware acceleration for Nvidia chips (nouveau) and VMware (vmwgfx).
  • Improve the GPS HAL.
  • Merge updates from upstream.
  • More bugfixes.

Released Files

This release contains two files. One is the traditional ISO file that can be booted on devices with legacy BIOS. The other is the EFI image that can be used on more modern devices with UEFI firmware. You can choose one of them depends on your devices. In doubt, try the ISO file first.
  • ISO image: android-x86-4.4-r3.iso 

    sha1sum: 6c1488a36f24795796bd9158e77effc5e3acaa2d

  • EFI image: android-x86-4.4-r3.img 

    sha1sum: 10f90b1c4d902fd9f3f1c7ffcbf4fef606494e8a

Both files can be dumped into a usb drive to get a bootable usb stick, like

$ dd if=android-x86-4.4-r3.img of=/dev/sdX

where /dev/sdX is the device name of your usb drive.

Known issues

  • Suspend and resume may have problems on some systems.
  • The installer can't format ext3 filesystem.
Please report bugs to the android-x86 forum with detailed specs of your machine and error logs.

Source code

The source code is available in the main git server,

    $ repo init -u git:// -b android-x86-4.4-r3
    $ repo sync

Read this page for how to compile the source code.