My question is much similar to this question: Download location for Android 4.4 x86 (64bit)

Basically, I want to get Android L(a.k.a Lollipop, 5.0) iso for x86 architecture, so as to run it in VM. But I can't find anything newer than 4.3 anywhere on the web, so how do I get it?

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    4.3 (Jelly Bean) was the last ISO put on web. I think you need to wait for some more time... Oct 28, 2014 at 14:15
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    @MANI basically correct, but The Android-x86 4.4-r1 released at 2014-08-08 already :) Files are now at Sourceforge it seems. But yes: 5.x is just picking its egg shells, will take a little longer to make it over :)
    – Izzy
    Oct 28, 2014 at 14:22
  • @Izzy How longer that would be? 1 year? or even more? BTW why does it take so longer to make the builds? at least it isn't the case with building other Linux OSes. Oct 28, 2014 at 14:28
  • @RegisteredUser - We cannot estimate the time here. But it may take a long time for sure. Oct 28, 2014 at 14:38
  • My crystal ball is just out for repair, so I cannot tell you a date. It's more to it then just "trigger the build": sources have to be ported between different architectures here (ARM vs. x86), which can be quite a tedious job. // @MANI Anytime! I just happened to know as I've read about it recently ;)
    – Izzy
    Oct 28, 2014 at 14:40

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I'm not sure why all the answers are giving you the run around, it's very easy to download the source and get the iso generated.

Here it is : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4VR-WNTOX0qVnkyWExEZHdLTms/view

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    Could you tell me how to create the iso?(possibly a link if it's too long story) It would be great to also learn how to catch the fish than just having one. Nov 25, 2014 at 10:27
  • this is a source of an iso but the links does not work. Jan 24, 2015 at 19:57
  • Please provide an updated link, keeps saying its down. -1 until fixed.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Mar 6, 2015 at 6:07
  • The link works, but the system hangs on logo screen (both while booting from CD or after installation on disk) with 100% CPU load and without disk activity.
    – Stan
    May 28, 2015 at 9:44
  • There is an open issue for this. BTW, Android 5.1 image has the same problem. PS. I'm trying it under VMWare Workstation.
    – Stan
    May 28, 2015 at 10:12

so as to run it in VM

Why not use the SDK emulator? It has Android 5.0 images for Intel x86 and even x64 architectures.

Dowload the SDK from here and extract it to a folder you like. Now launch SDK Manager and add the Lollipop images.

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You will also need Intel® Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager driver if you will be using the x86 emulator. Get it from here.

Go to the folder where you extracted the SDK archive, then from sdk/tools folder launch via cmd the virtual device manager. Type in cmd: android avd. Create the x86 virtual device:

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Maybe you should use the same amount of RAM as you selected when installed Intel HAXM driver.

Start the device from AVD Manager using the Start button.

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    Concerning the "why": speed/performance would be a good reason. The SDK emulator is not known to be brilliant in that context ;) Apart from that: valid solution :)
    – Izzy
    Oct 31, 2014 at 13:02
  • @Izzy indeed, it runs awfully with 768 MB RAM :( It would be interesting to know if the x86 images could somehow be run on another virtualisation tool (like KVM or VirtualBox).
    – Cornelius
    Oct 31, 2014 at 13:37
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    I'm not talking about the RAM you assign to the VM, but about the emulator in general: regardless of how much RAM you assing the VM, other emulators performing way better AFAIK ;)
    – Izzy
    Oct 31, 2014 at 13:39
  • @Cornelius I just used x86 iso Kitkat in virtualbox couple date 's ago. It works very well - Much faster than emulator. Time to boot up android is like bootup normal linux system with GUI. Not sure why google doesn't use that instead of emulator. Nov 14, 2014 at 6:41
  • I asked the same question but for x64 iso, here: android.stackexchange.com/q/97569/10658 Feb 6, 2015 at 14:53

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