The most recent effort of bringing Android to desktop-grade computers isn’t coming from Google. Even though this tech-giant is making massive effort towards developing its Chrome platform, the most successful effort of optimizing Android for PCs comes from a company called Jide Technology.
The company’s Android-powered operating system is called Remix OS. It takes basic Android and adds all of the elements you would normally expect from a computer-like support for a mouse and keyboard, a user-friendly interface design with resizable windows, a file manager, and more.
The best thing about building such an operating system is the number of third-party applications, already available and ready to be downloaded. This means that you can already download Microsoft’s apps like Word and Excel, or a game like Need for Speed or Clash Royale. However, it might be interesting to take a deeper look at Remix and to ask why someone should use this OS instead of Google’s own version of Chrome OS.
During the recent years, Google has managed to achieve a big success by developing Chrome OS.
Initial computers equipped with this OS, called Chromebooks, shipped from Samsung and Acer back in July of 2011. Now Google has its own range of Chromebooks, which are marketed as productivity machines.
In the company’s eyes, the perfect customer/user would be someone who uses productivity-based apps like Word and Excel, but who also needs a constant Internet access and a reliable e-mail client. This is why these machines are not so powerful when it comes to their raw specs, but they are inexpensive, light, and easy to maintain.
This is where Remix OS takes a new direction by bringing a full-featured operating system that combines two important things: the traditional OS and millions of ready-to-download desktop-grade Android apps.
Jide Technology’s co-founder David Ko says that 2016 is the best possible moment for Remix OS to happen. This is because after many years, the app ecosystem is finally strong enough to support this kind of transition.
Furthermore, the necessary hardware is affordable and reliable. This is how the company’s first effort in producing full-fledged PCs finally took off. Powered by Remix OS, Remix Mini is a very small and portable computer. You need a monitor, as well as a mouse and keyboard, and you are ready to go.
Due to its light nature, Remix OS starts up in just a couple of seconds. Powered by a 64-bit processor, you can be sure that your Android applications are running as smoothly as possible. Furthermore, this computer is energy efficient as well.
While the typical desktop computer clocks in at 65 and 250 watts, Remix Mini requires only 10 watts of electricity. As said before, you don’t really need to have the latest-gen processor to power Android, which means that you get top-of-the-line performance for a low price.
Remix OS is available for free of charge download, without any hidden fees. You can already test it if you have a PC or a Mac, and it works great on both notebooks and desktop computers. The only downside to this is that you’ll have to install Google’s Play services from a third-party source, which can be somewhat complicated for an average user. The creators behind this OS are in talks with Google to secure Google Play services and bring them preloaded with Remix OS.
The future of this operating system seems bright. Numerous hardware manufacturers have already decided to offer Remix OS with their tables and portable computers, which is a good sign. If you have an older machine that might benefit from a capable and light operating system, Remix OS is definitely worth a try.