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ReleaseNote 7.1-rc2

Android-x86 7.1-rc2 (Nougat-x86) (2017/10/10)

The Android-x86 project is glad to announce the 7.1-rc2 release to public. This is the second release candidate for Android-x86 7.1 (nougat-x86). The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The 7.1-rc2 release is based on the latest Android Nougat-MR2 release (7.1.2_r33). We have fixed several issues found in the since 7.1-rc1 and added more features:

  • Add Taskbar as an alternative launcher which puts a start menu and recent apps tray on top of your screen.
  • Enable freeform window mode support.
  • Enable SDCardFS support (not available in live mode).
  • Enable ForceDefaultOrientation on devices without known sensors. Now portrait apps can run in a landscape device without rotating the screen.
  • A new software renderer SwiftShader which provides better performance on devices without a supported GPU.
  • Improve QEMU virgl stability.
  • Support NVMe SSD.
  • Update to the latest LTS kernel 4.9.54 with more patches from AOSP.
  • Update Mesa to 17.1.10 with RGBA_8888 support on i965.
  • Improve the native bridge support (64-bit only). Enable it via Settings -> Apps Compatibility.

Released Files

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

  • 32-bit ISO:  android-x86-7.1-rc2.iso

    sha1sum: 5b0d9c71c6bb6042599eda892bc9af2bb2a2f525

  • 64-bit ISO:  android-x86_64-7.1-rc2.iso

    sha1sum: bb397e0b376caf185d5b3047d9521a4ffe459649

  • 32-bit rpm:  android-x86-7.1-rc2.i686.rpm

    sha1sum: d9f9ccaa81a3334459de8970a2cd83db859d0f0a

  • 64-bit rpm:  android-x86-7.1-rc2.x86_64.rpm

    sha1sum: 6bd041d429c5e82df35857dc972d1212f77b2f97

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-rc2.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-rc2.x86_64.rpm

This will update your older installation like 6.0-r3 or 7.1-rc1 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-rc2.x86_64.rpm

All files will be installed to the /android-7.1-rc2/ 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

  • The display of Youtube in Chrome browser may mess up.
  • Superuser permission has to be granted each time.
  • 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 nougat-x86
    $ repo sync --no-tags --no-clone-bundle

Read this page for how to compile the source code.