Remix OS is bringing Android to desktops and more

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Earlier at CES this year, a company named Jide brought something special to the trade fair. They brought a simple $70 device that could run Android on any screen with an HDMI input: the Remix Mini. The Remix Mini was an interesting device but it wasn’t the hardware that made it special. No, what made it special was the software: Remix OS.

Remix OS is a version of Android unlike any other out there. Most versions of Android are designed for mobile devices but Remix OS was designed for desktops. Remix OS has a start menu. Remix OS can run any Android app from Instagram to Google Docs to any Android game in full screen. Remix OS allowed you to use a keyboard and a mouse. That’s only scratching the surface. This was a version of Android that was closer to looking like Windows and OS X macOS.

The devices that run Remix OS

The best part about Remix OS is that it can run on practically any x86 computer. All you need to do is just download the system image and then you can run it using a pen drive or have a separate partition for it. However, that hasn’t stopped Jide from making hardware designed to run Remix OS. The Remix Pro is the latest device to join the family.

The latest device to run Remix OS
The Remix Pro (Image credits: Jide/The Verge)

The Remix Pro is a 2 in 1 tablet with a keyboard cover that transforms it into a laptop. It has a 12-inch full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded thanks to microSD support. Additionally, the Remix Pro packs a 9,000 mAh battery and is the first of Jide’s devices to run Remix OS 3, which is based on the latest Android Marshmallow.

Jide has also announced that it will be releasing 22-inch and 32-inch size options for its all-in-one PC. Built by AOC, this all-in-one PC comes with a 24-inch full-HD display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB or 64GB of storage. Beneath the surface, you’ll find an ARM Cortex A53 chip powering it. It’s not a powerhouse gaming PC but Jide is offering an interesting proposition by offering to bring Android to desktops.

So where’s the catch? Well, the catch is that these devices will be available in China only for now. Of course, you can still try out Remix OS by downloading the system image. However, you will need to side-load Google Play Services as Jide has yet to get approval from Google. Hopefully, Jide will get its approval from Google soon because Android on a desktop is definitely something that we want to try out.

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