Remix OS: Android on PC

RemixOS

If you are an Android fan, at some point or other you might have wondered – how would the experience of running the same OS on the desktop be? Of course, projects like Shashlik are trying to bring Android apps to the desktop. However, a complete desktop-friendly Android opens a completely new set of possibilities for the desktop PC. Remix OS is an Android derivative OS based on the Android-x86 project.

Currently it is a commercially available software for tablets and ultratablets. The company behind the OS, Jide, is planning to release a version of Remix OS for PCs this month. The desktop PC version would be free and you wouldn’t need to install anything on your hard disk; just like most Linux distros, Remix OS can be tested Live using a USB pen drive.

Remix OS adds lots of customization and new features to stock Android, to adapt it to the desktop PC. At the time of writing, the base is Android Lollipop, but expect a Marshmallow upgrade soon. As you might expect, Remix OS runs much faster on the PC than Android running on any regular smartphone (e.g. Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Google Nexus 6, One plus).

At the time of writing, Remix OS for PC is planned for Intel and AMD based devices.

Features

  • Multitasking (multiple resizable windows)
  • Taskbar, start menu, system tray
  • Notifications in system tray (can be expanded)
  • Keyboard support (mapping all familiar desktop shortcuts)
  • Mouse right click
  • Powerful home-grown file manager
  • External storage support
  • Office for Android installed
  • Google Play
  • Easy updates
  • Runs on many tablets and PCs

Requirements

Remix OS needs at least 8GB USB 3.0 flash drive that supports FAT32 filesystem. It is available for both legacy BIOS and UEFI systems (x86_64).

Download

The developer version of Remix OS for PC is available for download now. It’s not very stable yet and we did face intermittent app crashes. To burn it on USB:

  1. Download Remix OS for PC package and then unzip the file.
  2. Plug in a USB flash drive into your preferred PC.
  3. Run the Remix OS USB Tool and follow the instructions to burn the .iso file onto your USB flash drive.
  4. Reboot your PC.
  5. Press ‘F12’ (PC) or the ‘Option’ (Mac).
  6. Select “USB Storage Device” as boot option under Legacy Mode.
  7. Select either “Guest Mode” or “Resident Mode” to start Remix OS.

Automatic updates are not available at the time of writing. So when a new version is available you have to got through the same procedure.

Webpage: Remix OS for PC

NOTE: You may also want to check out CloudReady, a project that brings Chromebook to desktop PCs or Papyros, which adapts Google’s material design concept.

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