When comparing Android-x86 vs CloudReady, the Slant community recommends Android-x86 for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for an old machine?” Android-x86 is ranked 26th while CloudReady is ranked 41st.
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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 You can try it via bootable USB
Pro Lightweight and fast
This is basically just Chrome OS which already runs on Cheap chrome books. It works well for web browsing and file storage on low end computers.
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 Limited hardware support
There is a list online of about 100 or so computers that officially support Cloud Ready, but it can also work on a laptop not on that list, results may vary.
Con Only really meant for web browsing
To use the software, you need to have a Google account and log in. Because it's meant for web browsing and researching, you won't find software like Steam, Office, Adobe Photoshop, Aftereffects, etc; or even a 3rd party browser other than Google Chrome.
Although there are plenty of alternative web browser online, and in the Chrome Web Store, which is still supported by Chrome OS.