Remix OS Now Available for Free, Lets You Run Android on Your PC
Starting this week, you’ll have a new option to run Android apps on your computer for free. Founded by former Googlers, Jide has released its Remix operating system, a forked version of Android Lollipop, that brings over a Windows-like Android experience.
Last year, Jide launched the Remix Mini, a special hardware to run the Remix OS, but now the company has decided to make the operating system available free of charge for anyone looking to run on their x86 machine, be it a laptop or a desktop.
“In emerging markets where computer hardware is inaccessible for many, Remix OS aims to make personal computing more accessible than ever before,” Jide says. “Individuals will no longer need to rely on personal desktops or laptops to create, store, and manage data, they will merely need to be within walking distance of a device–in their village, in libraries, in internet cafes, or in community centers.”
Starting January 12th, Remix OS will be available for download from Jide website. You’ll only need an FAT32 USB 3.0 flash drive with at least 8GB of free storage on it, then boot directly to your computer. Restart the system and you’ll be running Android on your computer, complete with a desktop interface that features a traditional taskbar, start menu, system tray, and file manager.
Currently, Remix OS is based on Lollipop, and supports over 1.5 million Android apps.
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