Remix OS is a fork of Android developed by Jide and optimized for desktop use, in a similar way to what Rockchip is doing with Light Biz OS, except the developers do not limit themselves to one specific SoC vendor with the operating system found in Remix Mini (Allwinner A64), and Remix Ultra-tablet (Nvidia Tegra 4), as well as several firmware images for popular Android devices such as Nexus 9 & 10. Now the company is planning to release Remix OS 2.0 for Intel and AMD based computer including PCs and Macs.
How do they achieved that? Technically same way as Console OS by forking Android-x86 project, except they did it with less contention, and instead Jide partnered with Android-x86 developers.
Remix OS for PCs alpha is a version of Remix OS 2.0 based on Android 5.0 with the taskbar, multiple windows, better memory management (it will try not to kill your Word file open in the background…), etc. The Play Store is also installed to let you install Android apps just like on any Android device. The company ran Antutu on a laptop with an Intel Core i7 4590 quad core processor which achieved 214,218 points or over twice as fast as a high-end mobile device such as a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
You’ll be able to try Remix OS for PC starting on January 12,when it will available for download, by flashing the image to a USB flash drive, and booting from it. Remix OS for PC is free, and the company plans to keep it that way, instead making money buy either selling hardware or partnering with third parties.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.