With Jide’s announcement that they’d stop working on Remix OS for the consumer market, focusing on the enterprise market instead, people who like to use Android as a desktop OS lost an option. Luckily, others have not given up on the concept yet, and Phoenix OS 2.1 based on Android 7.1 with desktop improvements has just been released for computers based on Intel/AMD 32-bit and 64-bit x86 processors.
Phoemix OS user interface is a mix between Windows desktop with a desktop, a taskbar, and a start menu, and Android with notifications, and Back/Home/Recent buttons. The OS also supports Android apps, multi-window, window resizing, better multi-tasking, and so on.
Changelog for Phoenix OS 2.1:
- Keyboard mapping updates to version 2.5 with smart casting for Strike of Kings.
- The bug that window size won’t be saved after restart has been fixed.
- Enhance the hardware compatibility, including: sound card, network adapter, etc.
- “Start Phoenix system” shortcut supports legacy boot now.
- Optimize the Phoenix OS downloader.
If you want to go ahead you can download a 32-bit or 64-bit installer or ISO file. Phoenix OS is installed on a separate partition and should not interfere with your current operating system according to the x86 FAQ. Some people have commented in the announcement post linked in the introduction, and some people appear to have issues with games, installation on specific hardware, and Wifi reconnect after resume, so it may not be perfectly stable or mostly bug free yet.
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.