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ReleaseNote 4.4-r1

Android-x86 4.4-r1 (KitKat-x86)   2014/08/08

The Android-x86.org is glad to announce the 4.4-r1 release to public. This is the first stable release Android-x86 4.4 (kitkat-x86). A live CD ISO is available in the following site:

Key Features

The 4.4-r1 release is based on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat-MR1 release). We have fixed and added x86 specified code to let the system runs smoothly on x86 platforms, especially for tablets and netbooks. The key features contain
  • Integrate the ffmpeg as the stagefright-plugins to support much more multimedia files. Now we can play HD and full HD videos in apps.
  • Use the latest longterm stable kernel 3.10.52 with more drivers enabled. Most netbooks can run Android-x86 in the native resolution.
  • OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets (PowerVR chips are NOT supported).
  • Enhance the installer to support upgrade from previous versions (since ics-x86). The text based GUI installer supports ext3/ext2/ntfs/fat32 filesystems.
  • KitKat style lanucher (Trebuchet).
  • Support Multi-touch, Wifi, Audio, Bluetooth, G-sensor and Camera.
  • Support Huawei 3G modem.
  • Simulate sdcard by internal storage.
  • External usb drive and sdcard are auto mounted to /storage/usbX on plugging. Support filesystem vfat/ntfs/exfat/ext4.
  • Support hybrid mode of iso images.
  • Multi-user support (max 8).
  • Support Ethernet (DHCP only).
  • Support 5-point touch calibration on some devices.
  • Support VM like Qemu and VMware.

Released File

We tried to create a universal image for most x86 platforms for the kitkat-x86 release. The plan is still in an experimental stage. Please report bugs to the android-x86 forum with detailed specs of your machine and error logs.
  • android-x86-4.4-r1.iso 

    sha1sum: dce96b2ff7e81cc7c2a884f6028f114ca3133c20

The iso file is hybrid format. That means you can dump the iso into a usb drive and get a bootable usb stick, like

$ dd if=android-x86-4.4-r1.iso of=/dev/sdX

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

Known issues

  • Suspend and resume may not work on some systems.
  • The installer can't format ext3 filesystem.

Source code

The source code is available in the main git server,

    $ repo init -u http://git.android-x86.org/manifest -b android-x86-4.4-r1
    $ repo sync

Read this page for how to compile the source code.

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