Install, Run Android ICS on Netbook PC, Mac, Virtualbox [Live USB]

Android on Desktop had been a dream of Linux lovers, and we’ve tried to make it possible with easy to install guides for Android on PC.

Before you get on with the installation, let me deliver some facts about Installing Android ICe Cream Sandwich on PC, Mac. The installation is possible, thanks to the android-x86 project.

Pros of Native Install:

  • You get Google Android Market
  • All Official Google Apps ( Gmail, yahoo, talk, you name it)
  • All google services
  • Fast & responsive.
  • Instant Sleep, restore. Fastest implementation of Sleep we’ve ever seen on a PC
  • Install to USB, or HDD.
  • Provides utility to partition your hard disk.
  • Create fake SDcard.


  • No 3D Hardware acceleration is supported, yet.
  • No network connectivity on couple of hardwares. But its improving soon.

Update: Install, Run Android on Windows PC Natively [Fast, WindowsAndroid]
How to Install Android ICS on PC, Mac

Download Android x86 ICS ISO files for your hardware (Android-x86-4.0-RC1).

Supported Hardware:

Following Netbooks, Notebooks are officially Supported:

  • Asus EeePC
  • Asus laptops
  • Motion m1400
  • Toshiba satellite s103
  • Sparta
  • Tegatech tegav2
  • HP Pavillion tx2500

Other than listed devices, Android-x86 should work on others too. An old list of supported devices / hardware can be found here.

Installation steps:

  1. Download UNetbootin to flash the ISO image to a thumb drive. Or you can burn the ISO image to a CDROM.
  2. Boot from CD / USB , it will directly run Android, and you should boot without any problems. This will be a LIVE Android.
  3. If you like to install, reboot and select install option.

You can also install Android ICS on Virtualbox, if native isn’t your thing:

  1. Create a new virtual machine of type Ubuntu linux wth 1GB RAM, and all standard options.
  2. Follow the steps already mentioned above.
  3. *When using it in VirtualBox, make sure you select “Disable Mouse Integration”
  4. *Disable screen autorotate from the Android-x86 settings, or else some application might rotate it for you (and that’s quite annoying if your device doesn’t support it)
  5. To enable Ethernet, Internet,  read Android-x86 with VirtualBox support with Ethernet enabled.

The process is fairly simple, but if you need any assistance, watch the Guide video:

Dual Boot Ubuntu, Android x86 with Grub

Enjoy your Android ICS.

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