Remix OS is a modified version of android designed for desktop. It Remixes Android OS into Desktop Operating system with applications running in windows.
This operating system was created by Jide Technology, a company formed by a trio of former Google employees. Last year, they showed off a Microsoft Surface Pro-like device running Remix OS. Now, they’ve made Remix OS available to download, and you can run it yourself on practically any computer or virtual machine.
Remix OS is based on Android-x86, an unofficial open-source project that ports Android to run on standard PC hardware. Remix OS adds a windowing system, turning that operating system into something that you might actually want to run on a PC.
Like typical Linux distributions, you can put Remix OS on a USB drive and boot from it, running entirely from that USB drive and even saving your settings and files to it. So you could take Remix OS everywhere—just like
a Linux live system.
Android’s future predicted?
What Remix OS means for Android is not clear. While Chrome OS has taken over the education market, it hasn’t seen the same level of success that Android has in mobile. In particular, the selection of Chrome apps is pretty paltry, while development of Android apps is thriving. If Android were Google’s laptop-and-desktop operating system, the app gap would cease to be an issue.
But Google’s ultimate plans don’t really matter. Android’s fundamental open-source nature means it can be hacked and modified into a desktop operating system even if Google never wants to go in that direction. The Remix OS proves that.
Even if Android does become more of a desktop operating system, Google probably won’t start offering it for download onto any PC. With some work and polish, Jide’s Remix OS could become a more compelling alternative for average computer users than traditional desktop Linux. This is a project to keep an eye on.
Originally written by kalpesh.
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