Asus Eee PC Gets Unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich Love

So it would seem that the Android x86 project is coming along nicely thanks to this latest finding. For those that aren’t familiar, Android x86 is a project devoted to taking the Android operating system and putting it on the x86 architecture of chipsets which is most commonly found inside desktop/laptop computers. With that in mind, the finding in question is the Asus Eee PC netbook running Android Ice Cream Sandwich aka Android 4.0. Thanks to the project, the Android OS boots up rather nicely on the little netbook and seems to run pretty smoothly as well. Check out the video below for a quick demo by a YouTube user named MrField1987.


Now this is all fine and dandy, but the real question is, would anyone want to do this? I guess when Windows 8 becomes mainstream the gap between tablet OS and desktop/laptop OS will be shortened and maybe Android on a laptop will make more sense, but in the meantime, I still don’t see an OS like Android replacing my current full-blown Mac or PC OS. Do any of you see a big benefit in using Android vs a “normal” laptop/desktop OS?

Either way, for those interesting in trying this out on their own, stay tuned for our how to set it up over the weekend.

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  • LightXaber

    Hello there David,

    I got Ice Cream Sandwich to run on my Eee PC 901, intended for use as an Andoid TV.

    Problem is, Android won’t display on the TV through VGA. The linux part displayed properly but the Android part won’t. Why?

    My layman understanding is, Android is designed to display on mobile devices miniature ports. Anyway to make it display through VGA, the only output display available on the Eee PC 901?

    Thanks.

    • http://theunlockr.com David Cogen

      Check out the source link and see of the developer has a solution. If not then he didn’t build it in it just won’t work :/

      • LightXaber

        I agree, it won’t work. Needs a converter for vga to hdmi. Even then, it won’t necessarily work. I suspect Android’s output is digital —> Eee’s vga (analog) —> hdmi (digital). So I assume the analog part won’t work. And the converter without guarantee of working is already half the price of an Android stick with a Mali400.

        The Eee will continue life as a ubuntu machine though.

        Thanks a lot for replying. Cheers.