Right now everyone is talking about Google Chrome OS, the upcoming Operating System by Google targeted at Netbooks. This is not another one of those article that speculate on what features Chrome OS would have or what it’s impact on Windows market share will be. Instead, we thought of focusing on Google Android. Even though many are unaware, having an Android compatible mobile device is not a must if you want to try out the OS. It could even be run on Netbooks and even on Personal Computers (definitely with limitations though). This is where LiveAndroid comes in.

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LiveAndroid is basically is LiveCD for Android OS that could be used on any 32-bit computer (A live CD or live DVD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable computer operating system). Have you ever used the Ubuntu LiveCD? This is exactly like that. All you have to do is to download the image file, burn it to a CD with a CD burner software such as Nero (via the Burn using Image File option), put the CD in your CD/DVD ROM and boot the computer with it (you might have to set your CD-ROM as the first boot device in BIOS).

The best part is that booting from LiveAndroid will not change anything in your current OS configuration (which is always the case with LiveCDs). If you want to get rid of Android all you want to do is to remove the CD from the CD ROM drive and boot normally – your regular OS will load just fine, untouched and unchanged. Downside would be that you won’t be able to save anything while booted from the LiveCD – it’s good for testing purposes only.

Download

[Click Here] to download LiveAndoid from official Google Code page


2 Comments

  1. alpha // 7/17/2009 07:26:00 AM  

    cant it be installed on HDD?

  2. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 7/17/2009 11:11:00 AM  

    @alpha,
    Im not really sure. Haven't found a way to do that yet.

    Anyway it would right now suck as a desktop operating system.