Are you itching to see for yourself what life is like on the “other” mobile platform, Google’s Android, but the very thought of switching sends shivers up your spine? Enter Remix OS, a software platform founded by three ex-Google employees that lets you boot straight to Android on your Mac or Windows PC.
Unlike similar solutions that let you run Android apps in a windowed mode, Remix OS has a dedicated desktop user interface, runs a custom engineered version of Android Lollipop with Google Play services, meaning you can download and run just about any Android app no your desktop, including Microsoft Office, YouTube, Google Maps and many more.
Beginning in mid-January, you will be able to download Remix OS at no charge and install it on a bootable USB thumb drive or an external hard drive, and then boot your Mac from it.
For those who don’t want to fiddle with creating a dual-boot environment on their Mac, the $70 Remix Mini is available. It’s a USB dongle that contains a 64-bit mobile chipset with 1GB of RAM and eight gigabytes of storage.
It also has built-in Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB and, needless to say, comes with a pre-installed copy of the latest version 2.0 of Remix OS.
Because the Remix Mini is basically a dedicated PC hardware, it lets you run Remix OS smoothly on any desktop platform, without needing to deploy a copy of Remix on a USB thumb drive yourself.