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We've rebuilt Android™ to be a primary operating system for your PC, 2-in-1 or PC Tablet. Over 100 new features built-in already.
We started as the first commercial effort to bring Android to the PC. We're still at it, now on GitHub rebuilding - combining the best of the open-source world, with cutting-edge commercial drivers, licensed from Intel. (Console.com.co)
We started as the first commercial effort to bring Android to the PC. We're still at it, now on GitHub rebuilding - combining the best of the open-source world, with cutting-edge commercial drivers, licensed from Intel. (Console.com.co)
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Circling Back to Core

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Hi everyone. The whole team at Console, Inc. has been hard at work… and we wanted to share some good news.

Today we’re announcing that next month we will resume shipping Console OS with Android™ Lollipop, with full support for Intel Core & Core M processors - including most 4th & 5th Generation “Haswell” & “Broadwell” machines.

What we have done, engineering-wise, is performed the equivalent of a mind-meld between the two Android for x86 kernels out there - Android-x86 and Android-IA. In doing so, we’ve created our own Board Support Platform (BSP), which is basically an engine that we can license to OEMs.

Delivering on our commitment.
Delivering on our commitment.

How We're Making This Happen

Essentially - we’re uniting these two very different Android solutions, bringing the best of both worlds together. Powerful, stable Intel Architecture production drivers, with the community kernel that Android-x86 supports.

As we have mentioned/bemoaned… a few days after our Kickstarter campaign ended last year, Intel informed us that they suspended development of Android on Core processors. With over 300,000 people downloading our early-access, KitKat-era release this year, we’ve shown the demand for such a solution. Now, we’ve built the solution ourselves - adapting Intel’s Atom driver sets and components to work with Core CPUs, and Core graphics.

Consistent with our commitments to Google and others, hardware that we ship will still be Android-first. But Console OS as a product, will continue on with optional dual-boot functionality. And, as an open source project - one that we will now aggressively work with both the open source community, and PC makers on.

These advances were not easily won, and will take an extra 2-3 weeks for us to slipstream in to our open-source payload. We’re doing a lot of rebasing and tuning right now. Frankly, we weren’t sure we would be able to pull this off, in an Android-compatible manner, until the past couple of weeks.

This also means Console OS will deliver some of the first unique build targets for dozens more systems… including all of our original Kickstarter device goals. And now, we’ll begin supporting some cutting edge Core M 2-in-1’s and Ultrabooks.

We know you want a release date. We are back to staging on GitHub, and we don’t expect any further vendor delays. We expect (again, expect) builds to be available within the next 30 days.

For Kickstarter backers, you will get Console OS Pro builds - with all the extra features we’ve planned, along with firmware updates, app stores, and much more, for free. Next month, we expect to begin selling Console OS Pro for $9.99 - with a free future upgrade to Marshmallow included.

Looking Ahead

Longer term, we’re turning our focus back to hardware. Things like Console OS, to us, were a means to an end. Now that we have Console OS working on Core processors - we can begin to innovate in the ways we really have wanted to, all along.

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    1. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on February 22, 2016

      @Andrew - This is not true. We are disappointed that AMD has not embraced Android on x86 devices... but lying about our interactions with AMD is not appropriate behavior.

    2. MMV=$78K Payday! Backers got NOTHING! on February 22, 2016

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

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      Andrew King on February 19, 2016

      "We met with AMD before"
      Oh joy, more obfuscation. You didn't meet with AMD, and there is only one of you: Christopher Price. Please stop lying to us. I would recommend that everyone who feels that Christopher has lied to you please use this guide to file a complaint with the FTC.
      http://www.consoleosripoff.com/showthread.php…

    4. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on November 8, 2015

      @Ruthaniel van den Naar - We delivered on our commitment to support most devices with KitKat by the end of 2014. We did release a Lollipop Technical Preview in late Q1, and we took the feedback from it to create our current path of open-sourcing, alongside integrating commercial drivers and per-device builds.

      We respectfully disagree, we have been active, responsive, and shown our progress and work.

    5. Ruthaniel van den Naar on November 8, 2015

      To be honest, their progress reporting is worst which i had see on Kickstarter, and it looks alot like fraud. They could simply fix it through some youtube video with 3rd party user in their office, if project is real.

      These photos and text are worth nothing, everyone can write such text and make such fake photos.. Only real use video, binary releases and open source downloadable code matters..

    6. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on October 28, 2015

      @Dave - Apologies, that reply was meant for Christopher. Kickstarter, years later, still does not give us the ability to directly reply to specific comments... typos can/will result.

      As to your post, we actually have much stronger backwards-compatibility with Lollipop. The problem is AMD has resisted supporting Android on the x86 side. We met with AMD before, and after, our Kickstarter campaign. After likely losing millions on Android emulators, they have decided to focus their efforts on Android for future ARM processors.

    7. Dave McAlister on October 28, 2015

      You're giving me mixed messages now:

      "unlikely to be officially supported" versus "determined to make that happen"

      Which is it?

    8. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on October 27, 2015

      @Dave - We're still determined to make that happen, despite pullback from partners. Had Intel called us up during our Kickstarter campaign and said "hey, heads up, yes we can confirm we're suspending Android development for Core processors" - then we would have posted that.

      We didn't get confirmation of that until three days (72 hours) after our Kickstarter campaign ended... it was a punch in the gut, frankly we're even surprised we got this far in the wake of that.

    9. Dave McAlister on October 27, 2015

      Thanks @Karol Putra. I've used Android-x86 in the past (not on the particular laptop admittedly). The reason I backed this project was I was hoping for the fully integrated package that was "promised" :/

    10. Christoper Rogers on October 24, 2015

      @Karol Putra
      I'm not entirely happy with MMV either, but you have no idea what you are talking about and you'll see that when source code is posted. What is being used here is Android-x86's kernel, which is necessary for bleeding edge support and Android-IA's board support for drivers that Android-x86 is sorely lacking, as anyone with a Dell Venue 8 Pro could tell you since it barely functions.

      Call it "stealing" or what have you, but merging these two projects does take effort and is a wonderful application of open source software

    11. Karol Putra on October 24, 2015

      @Dave McAlister
      You can install Android-x86 on you ThinkPad. It will work - guaranteed.

    12. Karol Putra on October 24, 2015

      @Gregory Emirian
      I do realize how difficult and timeworthy the whole process is and I haven't marginalized that even once in my comments.
      My point is that this photo with lollipop easter egg on all those screens can be done by ANYONE - literally anyone who can install Android-x86 on their device and that is extremely easy. This photo is a proof that can be shattered by the edge of somebodies bottom chicks. It's ridiculous.

      Don't you people see... It should be disrespectful to you - this photo shows nothing that identifies ConsoleOS. I've been running Android-x86 on my Asus T100 over 6 months now, and this month installed stable Lollipop and now I have Nexus 4 and T100TA synced together happily.

      They've posted the picture and update after Android-x86's Lollipop release - how can I not have suspicions here...

      @mmv I guess you have a wrong meaning of clarity and comminication embedded. There is no clarity in any of your updates or comments saying that you make any progress... Just ask the community. It's objective that you are behaving like politicians, like diplomats, not like software engineers giving us more vague, meaningless words to read. You keep replying to comments instead of posting something legit.

      MMV believe me, I wouldn't be angry if it was only about time that you need. If I only seen some progress, videos of ConsoleOS running on those devices - it would work like turning the lights on. For now ConsoleOS seems dark for me and more ScamOS than anything real.
      I guess you're either disrespectful liars or too stubborn and "not hearing" to simply post video updates. Such an easy way to show things, but hey why would you do that if you don't have anything (that is your work) working yet.

    13. Dave McAlister on October 24, 2015

      I obviously misunderstood what this campaign was for. I thought it was to give old devices a new lease of life by installing Android on them. I guess I won't get any use from ConsoleOS then :/

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      Scott Kuban on October 24, 2015

      Glad you're getting close!

      Will I be able to dual boot this on a Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10?

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      Sahey
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      on October 24, 2015

      Is that mean my SP3 will be ok to install???? Thanks

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      Richard S on October 24, 2015

      Regarding the future, will you still be making future builds for cherry trail devices and such?

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      Harry Elliott on October 24, 2015

      @mmv, This is great news! Congrats! Sorry to be slow but does this mean that I will be able to dual boot console OS on my venue 8 pro? Also, where do I look for my name in the about box?

    18. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on October 24, 2015

      @Olof - Good news, on the very far right is a T100TA. It works very well today :)

      As we noted in the comments, we're right now going as far as to add (optional) support for the HDD keyboard dock, and offer a step-by-step guide to copy Windows 10 to the HDD, so you can dedicate the SSD to Android.

      @Dave - Older AMD systems are unlikely to be officially supported. We may offer unofficial/generic support, and if others can stabilize it in our open-source trees, we're happy to add it to our official builds. But we have to focus on what the industry, backers, and today's customers want. Old AMD systems like the ThinkPad x100e just aren't there.

    19. Dave McAlister on October 24, 2015

      I don't really understand all the gubbins about Core and Core M. Can someone tell me if this will work on my old Lenovo Thinkpad x100e? Thanks.

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      Olof Olauson on October 24, 2015

      Sorry for being a complete idiot but what does this update mean to the T100 crowd? Will this splicing effort make Console OS finally work on our UEFI-32 cursed 2-in-1s?

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      Gregory Emirian on October 24, 2015

      @Karol do you realize how difficult it is to build low level software like that?
      It takes months of hard work, especially for so many devices.
      As a software engineer, I'm well aware of that.
      That being said, we could have had a teaser.
      Either way, we should be grateful for what has been done.

    22. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on October 23, 2015

      (Just to be clear, for Android builders out there, please don't go to GitHub trying to repo sync and build Console OS just yet... we'll be loud and clear on when it's time for that, and it will be soon).

    23. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on October 23, 2015

      @Christopher - Our plan is to push code to GitHub by November 15 and release builds two weeks later. These are not dates-certain. They are moving targets. For example, we thought it would take 1 day to do the build-a-thon to light up all those devices. We kept running into bugs, and it took 3 days.

      Most of the code is on GitHub already, but we have redacted driver blobs and build trees - not by choice, just still a work-in-progress to arrange all that code for open-sourcing.

    24. Christoper Rogers on October 23, 2015

      Are Console OS builds and source code going to be available at the same time? Also, how do we receive the Pro build once it is available?

    25. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on October 23, 2015

      @Karol - Everything you saw in the shot above, was running and working. We don't show stuff that is proof-of-concept in public. It may still have bugs, but it works. Or we don't show it.

      We aren't just recompiling one project or another. The above work is the result of taking a breakneck kernel (Android-x86) and combining it with Intel private-code drivers (from Android-IA and their BSPs). It isn't easy, and if you think you can do better - then please do.

      We're sorry you're frustrated, but we have been open, transparent, clear, and honest each step of the way.

    26. Karol Putra on October 23, 2015

      MMV I can't express how angry I am with you, but I'll save the acid and the bad in me for the new year - that's how long I can wait for the ConsoleOS PRO fully featured and running nicely on Asus T100TA.

      Core core core, intel, android, bla bla.
      Masterpiece of inconsequential information. This updates brings no proofs, no hopes and nothing specific in.
      That picture with lollipop on all those devices is worth nothing. It's just like you'd wait for Android-x86 release which runs fine on Asus T100TA.

      SHOW US SOME REAL PROGRESS. I hate you so much :( Just like politicians in my country - I identify them with you.
      Don't think that we are some ungrateful, disrespectful people. If you only regularly shown us proofs of your work, it would look much differently. Yet it looks for us like ur doing everything and nothing at once. I must say, that quality of your work looks just as bad as the robot logo of ConsoleOS.

      I'm starting to think of porting RemixOS ROM myself to Android-x86. It would masacrate your work in an instant.

      P R O O F - C L A R I T Y - C O N C R E T E I N F O R M A T I O N
      You lack all that. All these months... No lesson learned - and you want to work with the community? How?

    27. Mobile Media Ventures, Inc. Creator on October 23, 2015

      @Eric - You should have received emails to set up your account at http://account.consoleos.com/ - Try requesting a password reset using the email address you have on Kickstarter as your login/username.

      @Michael - From an architecture standpoint we have support for 5Y71. So, that's the goal. But we went through hell trying (still) to support Haswell Venue 11 Pro, we're not making any commitments until it ships.

    28. Eric Szanyi on October 23, 2015

      How do I download? I gave money initially but never got the download info. Thanks for your help......

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      michael sayed on October 23, 2015

      So that means my Dell venue 11 pro 7140 core m 5y71 will run console OS? Can't wait.