Aug 06 AT 9:00 AM Taylor Wimberly 4 Comments

Android on desktops, touchbooks, and thumb drives – Oh my!

LiveAndroid is an exciting project to provide a bootable version of Android for common PCs.  They have provided a bootable CD image for quite some time and recently added support for a bootable USB image in v0.2.

Want to give Google Android a try, but don’t feel like buying a T-Mobile G1? LiveAndroid lets you download a LiveCD disc image of the Google Android operating system. Just burn the image to a disc, stick it in a CD-ROM drive, and reboot your computer and you can check out Android without installing it or affecting any files on your PC.  You can also use the disc image in a virtualization application like VirtualBox, VMWare or Microsoft Virtual PC if you want to try the operating system without even rebooting your computer.

It is nice to see the project progressing and I hope they continue to add new features.  On the todo list for v0.3 is SD card support, audio, higher resolutions, WiFi support, and a way to add files to the system.  Their wish list also includes a simple hard drive install and support for the Android Market.

Check out this video a reader sent in of LiveAndroid.  He has it running on an Asus Eee PC 1000 HE with the touchscreen working.

LiveAndroid are not the only ones bringing Android to desktops and notebooks.  ThunderSoft is also working on a modified version of Android that has a built in file manager and windows manager for better desktop support.  You can see a current demonstration in the video below.

Everyone is talking about Chrome OS for netbooks, but look at what Android is currently doing now.  I would gladly pay $299 for a Touch Book if it came with a custom version of Android like we see here.

If you want to give LiveAndroid a spin, head over to their project home, download the ISO, and read the Wiki for help.  Let us know how it works if you decide to check it out.

Live Android now boots from a CD or USB drive.

Live Android now boots from a CD or USB drive.

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