GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton is kicking off 2018 in style, and he just informed us about the availability of a new AndEX version based on Google’s latest Android 8.1 “Oreo” mobile operating system.

Dubbed AndEX Oreo 8.1, the new build of Arne Exton’s Android x86_64 fork is the first to be based on Google’s Linux-powered Android 8.1 “Oreo” mobile operating system, allowing anyone to install and run Android Oreo on their personal computers.

For those switching from Microsoft Windows 10 to this Linux-based alternative, AndEX Oreo 8.1 comes bundled with a Windows 10 Launcher that looks just like the real thing, but probably even slicker thanks to the improvements put by Google in Android Oreo.

“On some computers, you’ll have to start up AndEX 8.1 in compatibility mode (VESA) though,” says Arne Exton in the release notes. “You can run AndEX Oreo Build 180103 on newer laptops and desktop computers. The sound and video performance are generally very very good.”

Here’s what’s included in AndEX Oreo 8.1

Among some of the apps pre-installed in AndEX Oreo 8.1, we can mention the Mozilla Firefox 57.0.1 Quantum and Google Chrome 63.0 web browsers, Popcorn Time 2.8.0.2, Spotify 8.4.31.723, YouTube 12.45.56, File Manager 2.2.0.199, Clash of Clans 9.434.4, and Aptoide App Manager 8.6.02.

Thanks to the GAAPS (Google Apps) packages, users will also have access to various of Google’s services, including Google Play Services, Google Play store, Google Play Games, GMail, and YouTube. However, the developer noted the fact that you won’t be able to sign into your Google account to install apps.

Therefore, you’ll have to rely on Aptoide App Manager to install your favorite apps and games from Google Play Store. If you want to give AndEX Oreo 8.1 a try on your personal computer, it will cost you $9 USD. The live system can be purchased from developer’s website and can be installed locally or used directly from a USB stick.

AndEX Oreo 8.1 desktop with Microsoft Launcher

AndEX Oreo 8.1 desktop with Microsoft Launcher

AndEX Oreo 8.1 desktop with Windows 10 Launcher

AndEX Oreo 8.1 desktop with Windows 10 Launcher

AndEX Oreo 8.1 – Aptoide App Manager running

AndEX Oreo 8.1 – Aptoide App Manager running

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