JIDE TECHNOLOGY has announced the release of the first version of Remix OS to be based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Android-derived operating system brings many of the features from Windows, such as keyboard and mouse support, task bar, start menu and multi-window.
It's currently available on all Intel-based PCs, laptops and Macs, and versions for Jide's own ARM-based products are on the way.
Many machines that had previously struggled to run Remix OS will now be able to, as there are improvements in compatibility for Nvidia- and AMD-based GPUs.
New in the latest version is a button that resizes the window to the optimum dimensions for the content. Video content has been improved to true full screen rather than a windowed experience, while manual resizing of a window can now be controlled from anywhere except the top edge, making it easier to drag a window to the desired size and position.
Jeremy Chau, co-founder of Jide, said: “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 prioritised 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.”
We're already unashamed fans of Remix OS and have been playing with the new version all weekend. It'll feel familiar to anyone who has already used it, but what is really striking is the speed. Operations feel much smoother, there's a lot less in the way of lag, and the whole system feels refreshed, punchy and responsive.
The latest version of Remix OS is available to download now. It includes a tool which automatically installs the OS in its own partition, allowing you to create a dual boot with Windows and making the whole process a no-brainer. µ
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday