Jide Technology’s Remix OS is an Android-based operating system that takes Google’s mobile OS and makes it feel more like a desktop OS. It ships on a handful of tablets, mini-desktops, and other devices, and earlier this year Jide released Remix OS for PC, allowing just about anyone to download and run the operating system on computers with Intel or AMD chips.
Remix OS is basically a desktop version of Android, with floating windows and a start menu-style app drawer. So, it makes sense that creators Jide would make it as easy to use on a desktop. And now they have via Remix OS Player – a free, downloadable emulator of the OS for Windows. It’s always been fairly easy to get Remix OS on a Windows device by booting from a USB stick, for example, but with the Player you simply download it as .EXE.
The Remix OS Player has all the same features you get with Remix OS: it’s a fully functional, customized version of Google Android. The only difference is that it runs as a desktop app, which means you can interact with the Android environment without rebooting your computer.
Described as the “fastest and most optimised Android emulator on the market”, Remix OS Player runs from a single .exe file and provides a full virtual Android Marshmallow OS embedded in the Windows environment.
A number of games come included, and many more are offered for download from Remix. As ever, the Google Play store can be sideloaded to offer access to tens of thousands more.
Titles such as Clash Royale, Vainglory and, slightly weirdly, Pokémon Go are listed as prime examples of the types of game available, although we’re not entirely sure how Pokémon Go works when sitting at a desk. And as part of Remix OS’ new found love for gaming, it also includes a key mapping tool to let you play those usually touch-only games with a keyboard and mouse.
“Remix OS Player is aimed at people who want the easiest way to try Remix OS and experience Android games and apps running on a big screen PC,” explained David Ko, co-founder of Jide.
On a pre-released version, the Android emulator was kind of sluggish once it was up and running on a Windows 10 laptop with a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, and I had a hard time getting some of the apps and games I installed to run at all (Evoland and Minion Rush both crashed every time I tried to run them). Your results may vary, and there are advanced options that allow you to adjust the virtual screen resolution and choose how much RAM to make available to the Remix OS Player (between 1GB and 3GB).
Remix OS Player is based on Android Studio, but has the advantage of multi-windows support, as well as keyboard and mouse operations. Jide says Mac support will be added in the future. If you’re interested in downloading the new Remix OS Player, there are a few requirements. You’ll need to have a computer that runs Windows 7 (64-bit) or later, a Core i3 processor (Core i5 or i7 recommended), at least 4GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage (16GB recommended).
Would you like to give it a try or have you already? How was your experience?