A new project is bringing Android to Mac and PC for free

Igor Bonifacic

January 7, 2016 5:36pm

In a couple of short weeks, PC and Mac owners will be add a bit of Android to their desktop computing experience.

Remix OS, a fork of Android that adds a variety of usage paradigms and features traditionally associated with PC-based operating systems to Google’s OS, will become available on almost any PC that utilizes an x86-based processor. Jide, the company behind Remix, plans to upload an image of the OS to its website, which people can then download and load onto a USB 3.0 stick that has at least 8GB of space and a recommended write speed of 20MB per second.

For those that haven’t tried Remix, it’s a lot like what Chrome OS should have been. It has access to Android’s impressive app catalogue, as well as PC conveniences like a proper file manager, start bar and right click, which makes using and navigating the OS a familiar experience.

Previously, any Canadians interested in taking a look at Remix OS had to purchase the Remix Mini, a $99 PC with modest specs, two USB ports and an HDMI output.

While most people with a half-decent computer will look at Remix OS as a curiosity, the operating system has the potential to find popularity in the developing world.

With its modest system requirements — the Remix Mini runs on a 1.2GHz Allwinner processor — the OS can run a variety of aging hardware, and with Android’s relatively small space footprint most users will be able to carry the OS around on a USB thumbtack. Closer to home, those that want to give an old computer a new lease on life can install Remix for free.

Another similar project called Bluestacks allows PC and Mac users to emulate Android on their desktop or laptop computer.

  • Omar

    Google should have done something like this for the Chromebook Pixel. It’s almost like a dream come true for so many people lol…

    I honestly can’t wait to try this out, I think it’s perfect for Windows tablets since Windows 10 is still lacking in the apps department. Does it have Google Play Services?

  • Mathieu V

    “PC and Mac owners will be add a bit”

    ERRRR what?

    • Omar

      Aha when I read this article the first time my eyes and brain read that as “PC and Mac owners will be able to add a bit of Android to their desktop computers…”

    • Most of “his” articles have various errors like that. Nothing we can really do but address it here and hopefully we will see change.

    • Elton Bello

      They write under pressure guys….give them a break.

  • ChrisPollard77

    I’m anxious to play with this on an old AspireOne NETBOOK I have lying around doing nothing. Sure, Ubuntu runs on it … well, crawls is more like it. But Android on an older Atom chip should still be plenty usable!

    • Omar

      The Atom chips don’t age too well?

    • Andrew

      Atom chips were never quick enough even when they came out never mind aging.

    • Do Do

      Funny, I have an old AspireOne Netbook with ubuntu on it also. It wasn’t much of computer with xp, not much now with ubuntu either. Something like this remix os might change that.

  • DeadPool

    Hell yes. I’ve been wanting to try this os. I seriously can’t wait.

  • BioFanatic

    Will this be as crippled and slow as bluestacks? That’s unbearable. Hoping for one thing smooth.