When you want to test Android on your PC, Android-x86 might be your solution. Android-x86 is an open source project that has ported Android to x86 platform. This allows us to install Android in a Virtual Machine with VMware Workstation or ESXi. Driver support is very limited, so there are many problems around with Android VMs that cant access the network. This post shows how to install Android in VMware Workstation and how to solve Network Connectivity issues.
The following Android-x86 releases are currently available. All versions can be installed and used in VMware Workstation:
- Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Some older versions are available as separate Isos for different devices. Take whatever version you want. You can either boot an Android-x86 live system, or install it to the virtual disk.
Edit the VM config File (.vmx) and changed the network adapter type to vlance:
Some versions do not run DHCP automatically. You can verify that with the netcfg command. To get network access:
- Press CTRL+F1
- Type dhcpcd eth0
- Type setprop net.dns1 126.96.36.199 (or replace with your DNS Server)
- Press CTRL+F7
- Create a new virtual Machine
- Configuration Type Typical
- Select the disc image you've downloaded from android-x86.org
- Select Name and Location
- Don't change Disk Settings
- Deselect Power on this virtual machine after creation
- Open the VM Configuration File (.vmx) in Notepad
- Change the Network Adapter Type from "E1000" to "vlance" (Note: This Step is no longer required with Android 4.2/4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Save the File
- Power on the Virtual Machine
Run Android Live
When you want to run the Live CD (No installation), just use the first option.
- When you want to install Android, select "Installation"
- Select Create/Modify partitions
- Type Yes
- Select sda1
- Select ext3
- Select Yes, until the installation has finished. Your Android Virtual Machine is now ready.