Can I install Android on my desktop and laptop?

January 9, 2014
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I want to get away from Windows. Is Android a wise choice? I’ve tried different Linux OSes. Not what I really like. Only do emails, banking, web surfing, music, movies, etc. Don’t need much. Don’t do any “office” type stuff. We are retired and have no need for all the bloat. I cannot buy a Chromebook, which I think would do us real well here in Argentina. Import restrictions!  If it will work, need instructions how to install.

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  1. Chinmay S
    January 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I don't know about installing on laptop but you can buy All in One PC with Android preinstalled.

    HP Slate 21-k100 All-in-One Desktop PC

    Features:-

    1) 4.2 JellyBean OS
    2) Full HD Display
    3) 21.5'' Screen Size
    4) Touch enabled display

    Specs:-

    Processor - NVIDIA® Tegra® 4
    Memory - 1 GB DDR3
    Hard Drive - 8 GB eMMC
    Graphics - NVIDIA GPU (72 cores)

    Price - $399

  2. dragonmouth
    January 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Android is optimized to best work with a touch screen. It does not really lend itself to keyboard/mouse control.

    If you have some knowledge of Linux Command Line, you can install TinyCore or antiX Core, then add only the applications you want/need.

    You can also build a custom version of openSUSE by using SUSE Studio. Here's the MUO article:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/create-custom-linux-installation-disc-suse-studio/

  3. Dalsan M
    January 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Android OS on a regular PC would really not work out the way you want. Even if you have a powerful system, Android would not run that smoothly, and the limitations are more than you would want out of a daily use computer. Joli OS would be a good choice to look into, as Jack suggests.

    You mentioned that you tried different flavors of Linux, but which ones? There are many different versions, so there may be one that you haven't tried that would suit you better. If you give us the specifications of the laptop and desktop computers, we would be able to suggest a capable and reliable OS that meets your needs efficiently and effectively.

    • Dalsan M
      January 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      If you want a comparison on features (not speed since the hardware differences between the computers are pretty big), take a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ltwLuuw1M.

      Joli OS is more of a full desktop environment (Ubuntu Linux based) in which you can download and install full applications that can run natively in Joli OS. Chrome (and Chromium) OS is basically a web browser based OS. Being that Chrome OS is web based, much of what can be done on Chrome OS can be done with any Chrome browser.

      There is a way to run or install Chromium OS on your laptop and desktop, though. I would suggest running it from a removable flash drive first to see if you like it. This way you can decide if it is worth installing and using Chromium OS as your main OS. You could then test out Joli OS to see if the many extra features would make it worthwhile to have a more full featured OS than a web-browser based OS. More information on installing Chromium OS on a USB drive can be found here: http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/ and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l9ou3yir-M.

  4. Jack C
    January 9, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Acer is releasing an 27 inch All in One PC running Android, announced at CES which might be an (expensive) option. http://techau.com.au/would-you-buy-an-android-pc/

    Have you looked at Joli OS? http://www.jolicloud.com/jolios