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Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha brings Android 7.1 to desktops

Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha brings Android Nougat to desktop PCs
Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha
While Android was not designed to work as a desktop operating system, those who would like to employ it in this manner can use Phoenix OS. The early 2.0 Alpha build is based on Android 7.1 and integrates a taskbar, a start menu, support for windowed apps, and more.

Phoenix OS has been around for a while, and now this interesting project brings Android 7.1 to virtually everyone who would like to take it for a spin. According to the official FAQ page, "The Phoenix OS supports x86 computers using Intel or AMD processor from 2010 or later (such as ThinkPad x series)."

The latest version of Phoenix OS is labeled 2.0.0 Alpha and, in addition to Android 7.1 Nougat, it also packs support for virtual machines, the 8188EU and 8723B network adapters, fixes a bug caused by the Linux kernel, also adding the user guide to the start menu, updating pre-installed apps, and throwing some new wallpapers in the mix as well.

Phoenix OS is freely available for download and can be installed on a hard drive or ran directly from a USB flash drive. Although in its infancy yet, this build comes with all basics needed by a desktop graphical user interface similar to Windows - a start menu, windows for apps that can be resized and moved around as needed, as well as a taskbar.

Those less adventurous can try the latest stable version, namely the Android 5.1 Lollipop-based 1.2.3-277 build.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-03-27 (Update: 2017-03-28)