The open-source nature of Android enables developers to tinker with the OS and make something entirely new out of it.
This is exactly what programmers behind the Android x86 project did. They ported the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to the x86 desktop processor environment. Later, the Android x86 project became the base for several best Android emulators that offer Android experience on PC.
Now, after months of beta testing, Android x86 based Android Pie is finally out. Given Android 11 first developer build is already out, you might think we are going overboard with the announcement.
However, keep in mind that Android on PC has never been a mainstream concept. On top of that, projects like Android x86 usually have a team of very few people, to begin with. The announcement also means that Android x86 based Android 10 beta builds will be in development soon.
Apart from the best features of Android 9 Pie, the build includes new drivers and improvements that enhance the compatibility with desktop hardware. While the Android x86 project offers a full Android experience, the release also adds an alternative taskbar along with a Start menu and a Recent apps tray, for those who face difficulty in using Android OS on PC. Here is the full changelog.
Installing Android x86 is as easy as any operating system on your system. Simply create a bootable drive and follow the instructions specified by the developers. You can also run the software in a live session without installing it or choosing a direct installation. If you are unsure of the software, boot the live image in any virtual machine software.
If Android x86 appears too complicated, there are several Android x86 based projects such as BlissOS, PrimeOS that are quite easy to use. In addition to this, BlissOS runs experimental versions of Android 10 that include a touch of the Google Pixel.