Jide, a Beijing-based startup, has announced a new version of their popular operating system Remix OS specifically designed to bring a more productive experience to Android phones. It’s called Remix OS for Mobile and is known as Remix Singularity, a platform that brings Microsoft Continuum-based capabilities to a wider audience.
It works much like Continuum does: once you have the OS up and running on your Android device, you can connect your phone to a monitor via a special adapter and bang, you’ve got a full-fledged Remix OS experience powered by your smartphone. It comes with all the utilities and capabilities as you would with a standard installation of Remix OS on a PC, but this way anything you store while in desktop mode will be stored on your phone as well, creating a seamless experience that allows users such that need to get work done bring all their information wherever they go.
There’s no doubt that plenty have tried to create an experience like this before (including Microsoft, Asus, and Ubuntu amongst others), but Jide co-founder David Ko says their platform will work thanks to cost and the fact that Remix OS is based on Android. ROM (Remix OS for Mobile) will be available for free when it launches this summer, while Android is so well-known and popular that it’s user database and community is one of the strongest, indicating this is likely the direction to take on the project.
Via The Verge:
“In the next five years, roughly five billion people will be coming online,” says Ko. “And when they come online, their number one choice will be the smartphone; an affordable smartphone, and that will be an Android.”
Ko also says having access to a PC interface via just your smartphone is extremely convenient to have, while it also saves money and effort in trying to create a productivity-focused flow.
“If your phone can replace [your PC], it’s a huge saving, and has a big impact to productivity,” says Ko.
While Remix OS for Mobile (or Remix Singularity, whatever you may prefer) will already come with nearly everything you’ll need to get started, Ko notes that users will need to manually install the Google Play Store much like they have to do with Remix OS. This may come off rather unappealing for some, but the process shouldn’t be all that hard for someone who knows how to get around Android.
You can learn more about Remix Singularity here.