Android 4.4 KitKat

Can you replace Windows 8 with Android KitKat on your home PC?

The developers behind Android-x86 have released a version of Android KitKat for AMD or Intel-based computers.

A live/installation CD is available to download via the Android x-86 website, meaning that Android fans can experience the latest version of the operating system on a traditional desktop PC or laptop.

The most recent edition of Windows has received a lukewarm response from both users and developers. As a result, there has been a growing trend of PC manufacturers looking for alternatives to Microsoft’s operating system.

With a somewhat limited number of native apps available for Windows 8, the likes of HP, ASUS and Samsung have all built convertibles that run Android.

In truth, though, Android-x86 4.4-RC1 does not provide a comparable experience to that offered by the big PC manufacturer’s Android-based machines. Numerous compatibility glitches mean that it’s unlikely anyone would want to use the new release on a daily basis.

A YouTube user has released a video of the distribution running on an Acer netbook, powered by an AMD C-50 processor. As noted by uploader APUsilicon, the release contains a number of bugs and many apps are prone to crashing regularly.

Android-x86 4.4-RC1 is great fun for hobbyists, yet offers little practical functionality. Hopefully this will change with future releases, but for anyone looking to resuscitate an old desktop PC or laptop, Linux will remain the number one choice for now.

[via Liliputing]