In this article, you will learn how to install Android as a second operating system on a computer / laptop. This will allow you to run any applications and games from the Playmarket as if you were working on a tablet.
Second system at boot (boot)
Usually, when a person needs to run an Android application on a computer, he uses one of the available emulators. But, there is one more way, unfortunately, it is somewhat more complicated.
With dual flashing, you can turn your computer into a Android device. When you turn on the computer, you can choose to boot Android OS instead of Windows, and it will work exactly the same as on a smartphone or tablet.
Installing Android on a computer will take a little more time than installing it on mobile devices. The problem lies in the support of the drivers for the processor, video card and hard disk, so you have to find a distribution that does not conflict with the drivers of your PC / laptop.
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Phoenix (Phoenix OS )
Like Remix, Phoenix is an operating system based on Android 7.1 / 5.1, on which you can run any of your existing applications.
The developers of this operating system have adapted it specifically for personal computers, and the use of Android – applications will be as convenient as on a smartphone / tablet. To install, you need to do the following:
- Download the latest Phoenix OS installer from the official website. .Exe and .ISO images are available for download. Also decide which of the two available versions Android you like best – 7.1 (build based on Android 7) or 5.1 (build based on Android 5).
- Create a new partition to install the new system on your hard drive.
- Select the letter and size of the new partition.
- Run the installer and install Phoenix OS on a new partition. You can also create a bootable flash drive and install or run Phoenix OS from it.
- Wait for the installation process to complete. Then restart your computer and select the option to start your computer on Phoenix OS through the boot menu. You can also download the latest versions of Phoenix from Google Play.
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Android – x86
Android – x86 is an open source operating system for personal computers that runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. The latest update Android – x86 added support for a new notification system and background application management, Smart Text Selection and OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration on devices with graphics Intel / AMD / Nvidia.
The development team Android – x86 added several new settings related to customizing the interface. You can now make the desktop look like the desktop in Windows. In the new version, a new taskbar has been added, as well as support for multi-window mode.
What is good about Android – x86 is its wide customization possibilities. You can use various themes, launchers and much more without worrying about the health of your computer and system. On the official website, you can see a list of supported devices. If you want to install this operating system on your computer, do the following:
- Make sure you have at least 2GB of free space. Download ISO image Android – x. If your device is not on the list of supported devices, download the base file, which should work for most computers and laptops.
- Download and install the UNetbootin program. Run it and then select the image you downloaded earlier. After that, select the USB flash drive to which the image will be recorded and click OK. Wait for UNetbootin to finish burning the ISO image to the USB stick.
- Restart your computer and you will see a menu that will ask you to install Android – x86 or start the OS from a USB device. We choose the option with installation and install the operating system on the hard disk.
- Before installing the system, you need to create a new partition. Before starting, you will be prompted to format the selected installation location, but you can choose not to.
- You will be prompted to install the GRUB bootloader. Select Yes, and then Yes again. If another operating system is installed on the computer, you will be prompted to add it to the boot menu. Select Yes.
- Reboot your computer again. Once the installation is complete, you can start using the new operating system. Use the Play Store to download applications.
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