The Android-x86 project, which lets you run Android natively on an x86-based computer like a Lenovo ThinkPad or HP Omen, has officially been updated to support Android 8.1 Oreo. On top of being updated to the latest fully released version of Android, the project has picked up a few new features in this update. Everything works fine, for the most part, and there aren't a whole lot of new features. As to creature comforts, there's an updated graphical installer to help you get things up and running, and the GRUB bootloader can be themed. This release is not the official final version of Android 8.1 Oreo, but rather the first release candidate. That means that there will likely be more versions pushed out before things are finalized.
The Taskbar launcher is now on board by default to make things a bit easier to navigate on boot, and devices without known orientation sensors, like desktop computers, will run in landscape orientation automatically, with portrait apps set to run sideways so they appear upright on the screen by default. Near-full hardware acceleration for 3D graphics is also on board, with support for OpenGL ES 3 and 2 standards under NVIDIA, AMD and Intel graphics cards. It's worth noting that Vulkan support is still on the software side, which can cause slowdowns and compatibility issues. Other known issues for this release include suspend and resume problems on some devices, and Google Play Services crashing occasionally on the 32-bit version.
Android-x86 has come a long way since its initial inception, and now represents a great way to re-purpose an older computer or play around with Android on an x86 processor for development or tinkering purposes. This release brings the project up to date with the latest widely available version of Android, meaning that developers can develop for Oreo and test many of the core functions of their creations on the same machine. It also adds in a few small comforts and more sane defaults that make the platform more approachable than ever for newbies, and much less of a pain in the neck for enthusiasts when it comes to upgrading or deploying a fresh system installation.