Intel Android code allows dual boot with Windows 8
By Stewart Mitchell
Posted on 13 Mar 2013 at 10:49
Intel has released developer code for Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean that's optimised for Intel hardware, including changes that will allow devices to dual boot with Windows 8.
The switch from legacy BIOS – which is no longer supported – to UEFI boot makes it possible for machines to run both Android and Windows 8 on Intel-powered devices, from desktops to tablets and smartphones.
"Android-IA only supports booting on UEFI mode," Intel said in its release notes. "To boot the installer, you must turn on UEFI boot through your BIOS menus."
"The installer has been enhanced to support dual boot with Windows 8," the notes add. "We've had success using this on many devices."
The release is the latest offering from Intel's Open Source Technology Center, which has been working with the Android Open Source Project to ensure the platform works on Intel-powered devices - part of the company's push to compete against ARM, which powers most Android devices.
It is buggy and not highly optimised - you have been warned
According to Intel, anyone wanting to load Android software onto an empty device for dual boot should install Windows 8 first, and Windows would have priority during installation.
"The automatic installer has had a policy change," Intel said. "If it detects an EFI installation of Windows 8, it will not disturb it. Instead it will try to use unpartitioned space on the disk or replace an existing Android installation."
However, the developer team warned the release - based on the Linux 3.8 kernel - remained rough around the edges and shouldn't be used on devices containing important data.
"This is a developer preview release of pre-alpha quality," Intel said. "It is buggy and not highly optimised - you have been warned."
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