JIDE HAS given a taster of what's next for its Remix OS operating system, and once again, it's ready to step up to the plate against the big boys.
The Android fork, which the INQUIRER is proud to say we've been raving about longer than most, brings Windows style taskbar, start menu and mouse support, as well as multi-Window support.
Now it's striking directly at the heart of Windows 10, with the announcement of its mobile phone operating system, Remix Singularity.
Carrying on where Ubuntu Convergence and Windows Continuum have (so far) failed, Remix Singularity offers the tantalising prospect of turning your phone into a desktop computer, just by plugging in an MHL monitor.
The plan will be that on mobile, it will remain as close as possible to stock Android, but then unleash its hidden desktop abilities when it gets plugged in.
Unlike with Windows, where "one size fits all", Android devices require a separate version of the OS for each make and model, meaning that it will take time for the OS to be widely available. The first devices to be targeted for release will 2015 flagships the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, which are both fairly easy to flash and popular with the mod community.
Concurrently to software, the company also has a range of its own tablets and mini computers, with a 4K streaming box and updated Remix Tablet in development.
Modding remains a hugely popular part of the Android ‘experience' with millions of users flocking to sites like XDA Developers, whilst Lineage OS, the successor to Cyanogen OS has already had half a million downloads since the start of the year, with the OnePlus One being the most popular device by download.
There's no date for the rollout of Remix Singularity, but rather this is a statement of intent. If you're curious about trying Remix OS now, it's ridiculously easy to dual-boot with Windows, and free of charge. Everything you need is here. µ
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