Dark Android Desktop Problem Solved: Remix OS Coming To All Intel-based Devices
Oh man. If you had any idea how long I have waited for this day. One of the things I’ve been hoping for at the Dark Android Project was for Android to have the possibility to be used as a desktop/laptop OS. And in a recent blog post I wrote about Remix OS, we saw serious potential for that to happen, and for what exactly that would look like. I recommend you read that article to get the idea and the full lowdown on what Remix OS is.
In brief, though Remix OS is a custom Android ROM made by a company called Jide, that was originally designed to work with their own hardware. Jide was developing Android desktop solutions, and while the hardware was underwhelming, the software itself was pretty clever. In some ways they’ve “done” Android better than Google has (which isn’t uncommon as companies like Cyanogen, Inc. also “do” Android better than Google can). And that was the rub, Remix OS was only available on very specific devices. While it seemed to be the obvious best answer for having a desktop version of Android–especially since unlike some others that have tried to do desktop versions (AMI’s DuOS and Bluestacks) aren’t certified for the Google Play Store, which Remix OS is–the hardware Remix OS could work with just wasn’t broad enough for greater adoption.
Jide has just announced that in mid-January 2016, Remix OS will be available for download and function on ANY Intel-based device. The “boyhood dream has come true”, as they say. It specifically will run off of a USB 3.0 flash drive (with at least 8GB of storage), and while it is designed to run on its own much like the Tor Project’s TAILS OS does, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t run Remix OS in a virtual machine on your desktop operating system of choice.
This is incredibly exciting, and Jide is beating out almost every other major competitor in the “Android desktop” space to the punch. While I still need to see if it is 100% open source (it is based on the open source Androidx86 Project, thankfully), they are still besting what Bluestacks has been trying to do for years, they skipped ahead of Console OS, they are beating Google to its own dreams of a “Google OS“, and they’re beating out every hardware manufacturer working on desktop Android systems this year (and they are many). Remix OS is also now in direct competition with AMI’s DuOS, which was the more exciting prospect up until this point, but it had many flaws when it comes to working on the desktop. For the most part, Remix OS doesn’t share those flaws. And the Intel-based release of Remix OS, which as far as I can tell costs $0, has just made every past Android laptop/desktop system pretty much obsolete. Why would you buy an HP Android-based laptop when you can run Android on a laptop with an oh-so-sleek ThinkPad keyboard? Please, there is some serious future here.
So keep an eye out for Remix OS. The ability to easily use the easy-to-use and incredibly well done encryption apps on Android in a desktop format is really going to shake things up. Maybe we could even get Remix OS to work on our Intel-based ASUS Zenfone 2’s in the future and pull of an Android-style “Continuum” option like Windows 10 Mobile tantalizingly provides, carrying our desktop with us in our pocket. Granted, there’s the chance that Remix OS may not work as well as advertised on various hardware, and I’ll certainly do a review of it in the future. But all that aside, I’ll be honest, playing my large selection of Android games on my laptop is going to be Hell of a thing, baby. Let the testing begin! WOOOO!