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ReleaseNote 7.1-r1

Android-x86 7.1-r1 (Nougat-x86) (2018/02/06)

The Android-x86 project is glad to announce the 7.1-r1 release to public. This is the first stable release for Android-x86 7.1 (nougat-x86). The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The 7.1-r1 release is based on the latest Android Nougat-MR2 release (7.1.2_r36). We have fixed most issues found in the since 7.1-rc2 and added more features:

  • Android-x86 installer was improved a lot including:
    • Create EFI boot entry to efibootmgr.
    • Add auto-installation function which is useful to install Android-x86 as the only one OS.
    • Provide more information on disk and partition selection menu.
    • Add advanced options to provide more boot options.
    • Save the last choice in grub2 menu.
  • Update kernel to the LTS kernel 4.9.80 with more patches from AOSP.
  • Add a new HAL for iio type sensors.
  • Show poweroff menu by ctrl-alt-del.
  • Fix a lot of bugs.

Released Files

This release contains four files. You can choose one of these files depends on your devices.

  • 64-bit ISO:  android-x86_64-7.1-r1.iso

    sha1sum: bbefcdab4167bfa83f7dd6011af072f2b6a00294

  • 32-bit ISO:  android-x86-7.1-r1.iso

    sha1sum: f9bbcd09f83e83baa71fe228fe2c2d3e77b1c55a

  • 64-bit rpm:  android-x86-7.1-r1.x86_64.rpm

    sha1sum: a9caf47021883bbd439797ef54b828a36b738952

  • 32-bit rpm:  android-x86-7.1-r1.i686.rpm

    sha1sum: 99b9ca1e0b7a35eabf948858be8b8d2b8366614c

To use an ISO file, Linux users could just dump the it into a usb drive to create a bootable usb stick like

$ dd if=android-x86-7.1-r1.iso of=/dev/sdX

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

Windows's users can use the tool Win32 Disk Imager to create a bootable usb stick.

In doubt, try the 32-bit files for legacy BIOS devices and 64-bit files for UEFI devices. Please read this page about how to install it to the device.

Except the traditional ISO files, we also package android-x86 files into a Linux package rpm. It allows Linux users to easily install the release into an existing Linux device with a standalone ext4 root partition. On an rpm based device (Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS/SUSE...), just install it like a normal rpm package:

$ sudo rpm -Uvh android-x86-7.1-r1.x86_64.rpm

This will update your older installation like 6.0-r3 or 7.1-rc2 if you have.

On a deb based device (Debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint/...), please use the alien tool to install it:

$ sudo apt install alien
$ sudo alien -ci android-x86-7.1-r1.x86_64.rpm

All files will be installed to the /android-7.1-r1/ subdirectory and boot entries will be added to grub2 menu. Reboot and choose android-x86 item from the menu to boot Android-x86. Alternatively, you can launch Android-x86 in a QEMU virtual machine by the installed qemu-android script:

$ sudo qemu-android

Note Android-x86 running in QEMU and the real machine (after rebooting) share the same data sub-folder.

To uninstall it:

$ sudo rpm -e android-x86

or (on Debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint/...)

$ sudo apt-get remove android-x86

Known issues

  • Google Play Services crashes sometimes.
  • Suspend and resume doesn't work on some devices.

Source code

The source code is available in the main git server,

    $ repo init -u git:// -b android-x86-7.1-r1
    $ repo sync --no-tags --no-clone-bundle

Read this page for how to compile the source code.