When comparing Android-x86 vs ARChon Custom Runtime , the Slant community recommends Android-x86 for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to run/emulate Android on a PC?” Android-x86 is ranked 4th while ARChon Custom Runtime is ranked 8th.
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Pro Has Bluetooth & WiFi support
Pro It's a complete port of Android to x86
Pro Open source
Using Open Source Mesa for GPU / Video and presently up to Linux Kernel 4.0.6, with some Kernel 4.1 test builds available from contributors....
Pro Actively developed
Since 2009 the pet project of running Android on a PC by a highly respected developer, has gathered many developer contributions from the open source community...and in 2015 they are still going strong and delivering. Contributors are welcomed and needed for ongoing development work, any donations are accepted.
Pro Stable device support
Runs on more devices than any other available Android on a PC product presently available, KitKat, Lollipop, all open source.
Pro Can run apps in Chrome web browser
ARChon installs as an unpacked Chrome extension. It can run apps in ARChon runtime that also install as unpacked Chrome extensions. There are various methods of converting apps to ARChon runtime, including using the chromeos-apk tool, ARChon Packager Android app, manually or simply find an already pre-modified version in a community maintained list.
Pro Runs on Windows, OS X & Linux
Pro ARChon Packager offers an easy way of generating Chrome packages using an Android device
ARChon Packager is an Android app that takes either an APK stored on a phone or an installed application and creates a package for the Chrome ARChon Custom Runtime.
Con Short list of supported devices
Currently it's tested on only the following devices:
- ASUS Eee PCs/Laptops
- Viewsonic Viewpad 10
- Dell Inspiron Mini Duo
- Samsung Q1U
- Viliv S5
- Lenovo ThinkPad x61 Tablet
Check them out, download a build and try it for yourself, read their forums and see what is presently happening, from the SurfacePRO 3 work in progress to the older Asus T100 ongoing work and many other PC's, Laptop, 2-in-1's, the older Surface 2, Dell XPS 12, Dell Venue 8, HP Stream, Sony Viao and many others. AOSP KitKat is their present released product, Lollipop version 5.1.1 is their present development cycle....there are builds available for either.
Con Lacks support for Google Play services
Apps that use Google Play Services may be unstable and/or crash. This will be resolved in later versions.
Con ARChon Custom Runtime replaces official runtime component
Con Unknown stability
ARChon Custom Runtime is very, very new and hasn't undergone rigorous testing. It was quickly hacked together as a response to apps being able to run in Chrome OS natively.