Android 4.0 RC now available for x86 systems
Recently Android-x86 Projects have published the Android 4.0 or the Ice Cream Sandwich, for the x86 platforms. This version of Android is mainly to target the Netbooks and Tablets running on x86 processors.
This new version is based on a 3.0.8 Linux kernel with KMS enabled and, its developers expressed that it will be able to run on most of the Netbooks’ native resolutions. This new version also referred as the ICS–x86 or Android-x86 4.0-RC1, is mostly based on the source code of version 4.0.3 of Google’s open source mobile operating system.
The ICS-x86 has also a support for OpenGL hardware acceleration on AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets. Along with that is also includes other features as multi-touch, Wi-Fi, audio, Bluetooth, accelerometers and some built-in cameras.
However it has been pointed out by the developers that the ‘suspend’ and ‘resume’ may not work on all the devices and also the Ethernet is also currently having some functional troubles.
The RC1 is made available for download from Google Code; hybrid images optimized for systems with AMD’s Brazos platform, which includes MSI WindPad 110W, ViewSonic ViewPad 10, ASUS Eee PC Netbooks, and some other notebooks and tablets from ASUS, are provided till now. The Source Code for the ICS-x86 is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.
The release note of the platform also mentions the full list of features that will be available for the ICS-x86.