Remix OS by Jide is an all new operating system aimed at providing an Android like experience in desktop and laptop computers. The company behind this ambitious project, namely Jide is composed of a group of ex-Googlers who had played an important part in the development of Android during their time at Search Engine giant. So how different is the OS from the Android that we use in our smartphones or tablet? Well, a lot.
The developers have Jide have tinkered with the Android source code to produce an OS that is suitable for non-touch setups. For those unaware the Android OS by Google is primarily meant for devices with touchscreen. While it's true that the Android was initially meant to a non-touch based interface, but it was soon coded to work for touch devices only. However, that's a different topic altogether. To state in brief, the Remix OS for PC can be described as a clone of Android Lollipop and Windows 10.
After having launched the alpha version of the Remix OS for PC at the CES 2016, the developers at Jide have finally aired the beta version on March 1. It is now available for download via the company's official site. Thereafter you can install the Remix OS on your computer hard disk on a different partition by following few easy steps. Do note that your present Windows OS will remain as it is and you can switch back anytime.
Just in case you are planning to check out the all new OS or have done it already here are some cool features of the Remix OS you should be aware off.
Time to go old school: Use a Mouse
While developing the OS, the desktop computers were the primary focus of the team at Jide and that's quite clear from the pointer seen inside the Remix OS. On booting the Remix OS from your laptop you would be initially encountered with a rounder pointer devoid of a number of features.
Neither can you double click to open an app nor can you right click on the touchpad to change wallpapers, display settings etc. However as soon as you plug in your mouse to the USB port the rounded pointer gets replaced by the traditional arrow pointer we are used to seeing in Windows PC.
Start Menu like App Drawer
Remix OS comes with an all new App drawer which is reminiscent of the Start Menu seen in Windows 10. It also features an integrated Search Menu which makes it easier for you find your apps faster.
Select Request Desktop Site in Chrome
On browsing the web using Google Chrome you would be encountered with a mobile version of the website. This is because the Remix OS run on top of Android OS, so the mobile version of the website is automatically triggered. However, you can stop the Mobile version from opening by checking the Request Desktop site option from the Setting Menu of Chrome. It's also worth noting that once the option is checked Google will remember your preference for each and every website you open.
Built-in RAM management software
The developers at Jide have integrated a RAM management software onto their Remix OS. You can easily clean cache and RAM usage by selecting the small button on the taskbar.
Full Blown File Manager
Remix OS comes with a Windows like File Manager which comes with all the major functionalities. This is a big improvement over the 3rd party File Managers seen in our Android smartphones and tablets.
Change Desktop Wallpaper
To change the wallpaper, simply right click on the desktop and click on Change Wallpaper. Thereafter a dialogue box will pop up with the list of system generated wallpapers. On the contrary you can also use a Custom wallpaper too.
Pin Apps to Taskbar
Simply dragging apps and dropping onto the Taskbar won't allow you to pin apps. However, you can go the App drawer and right click of the app to Pin it to the Taskbar.
Jide has taken some inspiration from Windows to include a notification drawer that is pinned on to the bottom right of the taskbar. It displays all notifications from Gmail, Google Now, Playstore updates etc. - just like any other Android device. Besides the notifications also features quick toggles like Screenshot and Reboot.
Enjoy Android games on PC
The best part about Remix OS is the ability to use Android apps, and well what's better than playing Real Racing 3 on your desktop! You can control your car during the game using your mouse/trackpad instead of using the typical motion sensor seen in smartphones.
Support for OTA updates
The beta version of the Remix OS 2.0 which was launched by Jide a few days back comes with support for OTA (Over the Air) updates. So you no longer need to download the updated OS manually and flash it. Instead you can simply update your device by going to Settings > Updates.