Google Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system. It is free and open source and at the same time comes with a number of innovative features. Due to all these reasons, many mobile phone manufacturers are opting for Android for their smart phones. Currently, there are several hundred million smart phones and Tablet PCs running this operating system.
If you want to check how Android looks and feels, you don’t have to purchase a smart phone or a Tablet PC. You can install it on your computer using a PC emulator. In fact, there is a version of Android designed to run on the x86 platform. If you are using Linux, you can either use Virtualbox or Qemu. In this article, I will explain how to install Android using Qemu on Linux.
1. Install Qemu on your computer. Depending on the Linux distribution you’re using, the installation procedure will differ. If you are using Ubuntu, you can install Qemu by typing the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm
Qemu has a GUI front-end as well which makes it very easy and intuitive to use. You can install this from the Software Package Manager of your Linux distro.
2. Download Android x86 from www.android-x86.org. The current version is 4.0. You can either download the file by using your web browser or by using wget. Type the following command to download the file by using wget:
$ wget http://android-x86.googlecode.com/files/android-x86-4.0-RC1-asus_laptop.iso
3. Create a virtual machine in Qemu and configure it to boot from the downloaded ISO file. This procedure is fairly simple if you are using the GUI front-end for Qemu.
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