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Install “Android 4.4 KitKat” to Run Favourite Games and Applications in Linux

Install &-8220;Android 4.4 KitKat&-8221; to Run Favourite Games and Applications in Linux &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 19:05:51 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

Android (x86) is a project which aims to port Android system to Intel x86 processors to let users install it easily on any computer, the way they do this is by taking android source code, patching it to work on Intel x86 processors and some laptops and tablets.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxInstall Android KitKat in Linux

Install Android 4.4 KitKat in Linux

A few days ago, the project released “Android KitKat 4.4 RC2”, and today we will explain how to install it on VirtualBox, there is a problem that the mouse pointer doesn’t work in android in VirtualBox, but you may use this guide to install it beside other systems as a main system and the mouse should work I guess, otherwise we’ll use the keyboard.

Step 1: Install VirtualBox in Linux

1. VirtualBox is available to install easily via official repositories in most Linux distributions, to install it on Ubuntu run.

$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox

For other Linux distributions like RHEL, CentOS and Fedora, use the following article to install Virtualbox.

  1. Install VirtualBox in RHEL, CentOS and Fedora

Step 2: Download and Install Android 4.4 KitKat in Virtualbox

2. This is an easy step, just download Android 4.4 x86 Kit Kat file from the androud Sourceforge.net project.

3. To install Android 4.4 kitkat on VirtualBox, you need first to boot from the .iso image that you downloaded, to do so, open VirtualBox, Click on new to create a new virtual machine, and choose the settings as follow.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxCreate New Virtual Machine

Create New Virtual Machine

4. Then it will ask you to choose a Memory size for the machine, Android 4.4 kitkat needs 1GB of RAM to work perfectly, but I will choose 512MB since I only have 1GB of RAM on my computer.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSet Memory to New Machine

Set Memory to New Machine

5. Now select “Create a virtual hard drive now” to create a new one.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxCreate Virtual Hard Drive

Create Virtual Hard Drive

6. It will now ask you for the type of the new virtual hard drive, select VDI.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect Hard Drive Type

Select Hard Drive Type

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect Storage Type

Select Storage Type

7. Now choose the size of the virtual hard drive, you may choose any size you want, no less than 4GB so the system can be installed correctly beside any future apps that you want to install.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSet Size for Virtual Drive

Set Size for Virtual Drive

8. Now that’s your first virtual machine is created, now to boot from the .iso file that you downloaded, select the virtual machine from the list on the left, click on Settings, and go for “storage”, do as follow and select the .iso image of android 4.4 kitkat RC2.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect Android KitKat ISO

Select Android KitKat ISO

9. Click on OK, and start the machine to boot the .iso image, choose “Installation” to start installing the system on the virtual machine.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect to Install Android Kit Kat

Select to Install Android Kit Kat

10. Please select a partition to install Android-x86.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect Partition Drive

Select Partition Drive

11. Now you will be prompted cfdisk which is a partitioning tool that we will use to create a new hard drive, so we can install android 4.4 on it, Click on “New”.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxCreate New Partition

Create New Partition

12. Choose “Primary” as partition type.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxChoose Primary Partition

Choose Primary Partition

13. Next, select the size of the partition.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect Size of Partition

Select Size of Partition

14. Now, we have to make the new hard drive bootable in order to be able to write changes to the disk, click on “Bootable” to give the bootable flag to the new partition, you won’t notice any changes in fact but the bootable flag will be given to that partition.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxMake Partition Bootable

Make Partition Bootable

15. After that, click on “Write” to write the changes to the hard drive.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxApply Changes to Partition

Apply Changes to Partition

16. It will ask you if you are sure, write “yes” and click on Enter.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxConfirm Partition Changes

Confirm Partition Changes

17. Now that’s our new hard drive is created, now click on Quit and you will see something like this, select the partition that you created before in order to install android on it and hit Enter.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxChoose Partition to Install Android

Choose Partition to Install Android

18. Choose “ext3” as a filesystem for the hard drive and format.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect Ext3 Partition Type

Select Ext3 Partition Type

Install Android KitKat in LinuxFormat Partition

Format Partition

19. You will be asked now if you want to install GRUB bootloader, of course you will select Yes, because if you don’t, you won’t be able to boot the new system, so choose “Yes” and hit Enter.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxInstall Boot Loader GRUB

Install Boot Loader GRUB

20. Finally, you will be asked if you want to make the /system partition writeable, choose Yes, it will help in a lot of things later after you install the system.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxMake Partition Writeable

Make Partition Writeable

21. The installer will start it’s mission… after the installer finishes the job, choose Reboot, in my test, the “Run-Android x86” didn’t work for me, so you have to reboot.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxAndroid Kit Kat Installation

Android Kit Kat Installation

22. Now that’s we installed Android 4.4 KitKat RC2 on our hard drive, the problem is now that VirtualBox will keep loading the .iso image file instead of booting from the virtual hard drive, so to fix this problem, go to Settings, under “storage” select the .iso file and remove it from the booting menu.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxRemove Android Kit Kat Image

Remove Android Kit Kat Image

23. Now you can start the virtual machine with the installed android system.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxStart Android Kit Kat System

Start Android Kit Kat System

Install Android KitKat in LinuxAndroid Splash Screen

Android Splash Screen

24. Now you will start a wizard to configure some things before you start using Android. You will see a screen like this, Now the problem is, that the Mouse doesn’t work in android 4.4 KitKat, that means that we’ll be using our skills in keyboard, first choose the language you want using the Up and Down keys in the keyboard, and to go the next step, hit the Right arrow key and click Enter.

Install Android KitKat in LinuxAndroid Welcome Screen

Android Welcome Screen

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSelect WiFi Network

Select WiFi Network

Install Android KitKat in LinuxCreate Android Google Account

Create Android Google Account

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSign in Google Account

Sign in Google Account

Install Android KitKat in LinuxSet Date and Time

Set Date and Time

Install Android KitKat in LinuxEnter Your Details

Enter Your Details

Install Android KitKat in LinuxAndroid 4.4 Kit Kat Home Screen

Android 4.4 Kit Kat Home Screen

Installing Android x86 will be good for you if you don’t have a smartphone and you want to use the Play Store apps easily, have you ever tried to install android x86? What was the results? Do you think that android may become a “real operation system” targeting PCs in the feature?

T-UI Launcher – Turns Android Device into Linux Command Line Interface

T-UI Launcher &-8211; Turns Android Device into Linux Command Line Interface &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 16:54:21 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

Are you a command line guru, or do you simply want to make your Android device unusable for friends and family, then check out T-UI Launcher app. Unix/Linux users will definitely love this.

T-UI Launcher is a free lightweight Android app with a Linux-like CLI (Command Line Interface) that turns your regular Android device into a complete command line interface. It is a simple, quick and smart launcher for those who love to work with text-based interfaces.

T-UI Launcher Features

Below are some of its notable features:

  • Shows quick usage guide after the first launch.
  • It’s fast and fully customizable.
  • Offers to autocomplete menu with fast, powerful alias system.
  • Also, provides predictive suggestions and offers a serviceable search function.

It is free, and you can download and install it from Google Play Store, then run it on your Android device.

Once you have installed it, you’ll be shown a quick usage guide when you first launch it. After reading the guide, you can start using it with simple commands as the ones explained below.

T-UI Commandline Help GuideT-UI Commandline Help Guide

T-UI Commandline Help Guide

To launch an app, simply type the first few letter in its name and the auto completion functionality will show all the available apps on the screen. Then click on the one you want to open.

$ Telegram   -launch telegram
$ WhatsApp   -launch whatsapp
$ Chrome     -launch chrome
T-UI Commandline Help GuideT-UI Commandline Usage

T-UI Commandline Usage

To view your Android device status (battery charge, wifi, mobile data), type.

$ status
T-UI Commandline Help GuideAndroid Phone Status

Android Phone Status

Other useful commands you can use.

$ uninstall telegram				-uninstall telegram 
$ search [google, playstore, youtube, files]	-search online apps or for a local file
$ wifi						-turn wifi on or off
$ cp Downloads/* Music				-copy all files from Download folder to Music 
$ mv Downloads/* Music				-move all files from Download folder to Music 

That’s all! In this article, we reviewed simple yet useful Android app with a Linux-like CLI (Command Line Interface) that turns your regular Android device into a complete command line interface. Give it a try and share your thoughts with us via the comment section below.