We here at Coolsmartphone towers are big fans of Jide and their Remix OS. For those that have only just come across this, this is a desktop-friendly Android OS with windows and toolbars providing a full desktop experience. It is one of a number of Android x86 projects, (like the Superbook) but arguably the most developed, with its own hardware. We were able to get our hands-on it during MWC Shanghai, and standalone OS versions can be installed on other hardware.
The bespoke hardware (the Remix Pro) launched with the Remix OS, based on Android 6.0. Now today Jide have announced that Remix OS for PC has also been updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It may seem a bit late considering that Android 7.0 Nougat is around the corner, but as we’ve seen on more conventional Android devices, getting software updates out isn’t easy – especially to such a version such as the Remix OS which has some very heavy customization.
What I’m most excited about is the support for a further 12 PCs – this means it may be a great option for resurrecting an old device – a la Linux.
What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments!
Remix OS for PC upgrades to Android 6.0 and is free to download now
Upgrade brings additional device support and improved user experience to Jide’s Android desktop OS
July 26, 1016 (Beijing, China) – Jide Technology, the team behind Remix OS, has released an upgrade to Remix OS for PC, one that is based on Android 6.0. The migration to Marshmallow marks the next step in evolution for Remix OS for PC, with many added features reflecting the feedback delivered by the user community. The unique operating system is now available to download for free atwww.jide.com and can be installed on the majority of Intel-based PCs, laptops and Macs.
Remix OS for PC is a productivity focused, desktop version of Android, offering multiple resizable windows, true keyboard and mouse support, and an advanced file manager enabling users to create content as easily as they consume it. Following this upgrade, over a dozen more PCs and laptops can now run Remix OS for PC due to an increased number of NVIDIA and AMD GPUs that are now supported.
Given its lightweight size and system requirements, Remix OS for PC is well suited to be installed on a USB drive (8GB+) and used as a portable workspace securely containing the user’s documents and apps. This particular use case has significant advantages for users within emerging markets where shared PCs are more common.
A key feature of Remix OS for PC is multiple window support, and this has been vastly improved in the migration to Marshmallow. Significant examples include:
● New button has been implemented that resizes a window to fit specifically to the app’s content – ensuring optimal layout is maintained
● Video-based apps now open up in full-screen when you maximize the video rather than staying in a small framed window
● Resizing windows manually can now be initiated anywhere along the edge of the window (other than the top edge), rather than just on the bottom right corner
Jeremy Chau, Co-Founder of Jide Technology says, “A couple of things really helped us to improve the user experience for this Android 6.0 upgrade of Remix OS. First, we collected all the feedback our user community sends us and prioritized our development work based on their needs. Second, Chih-Wei Huang’s (Android-x86 Open Source Project founder) addition to our team has been huge. His knowledge and experience has helped us immensely in creating a more stable experience on Remix OS for PC.”
Remix OS is now available free for download here: http://www.jide.com/remixos-for-pc#downloadNow
About Jide Technology:
Founded in 2014, Jide Technology was started by three ex-Google engineers and boasts members of the team with prior experience at Microsoft, the Android-x86 Project and Nokia. Headquartered in Beijing, the Chinese-American company’s mission is to bring the best of the PC experience to the Android ecosystem with the free-to-download, Remix OS. Remix OS is available globally, and works with the majority of Intel-based PCs including Mac. For more information, please visit jide.com.