Remix OS will bring Android to your Mac

By , Jan 7, 2016

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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.

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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.

For more information about Remix OS, check out the official website or visit their Kickstarter campaign page for updated information regarding shipping.

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  • dpacemaker

    Second paragraph I believe you meant “on your desktop” instead of “no your desktop”.

  • Cristian B

    sounds pretty cool

  • :D

    Cool

  • Will I be able to run this on a virtual machine?

    • I can’t see why not. There could be some quirks but in general you should be able to run any OS in a virtual machine.

  • QuarterSwede

    You’ll get to see just how bad it is in comparison to iOS.

    • you mean the opposite, right? unless you’re talking about this vs. os x, then no.

      • QuarterSwede

        I can’t stand Android. I have a work issued Android device and it’s flat out awful compared to my personal iPhone. Everything takes longer to do even though it’s a quad core device.

      • Android is stable on fast phones. Don’t be fooled by “quad-core processors” as they are probably extremely slow or extremely inefficient, or phones that only have a small amount of RAM. The latest versions of Android require 512MB or better, but in reality it really requires 1GB or better. Work issued phones are, well, designed for work which is why they cut costs by giving cheap shitty ones.

      • QuarterSwede

        It’s more than that though. I don’t like how Android works fundamentally. I’ve tried a load of launchers, settled on the Google one, and I still don’t like it. I use a lot of Google apps. Same. It’s just not for me. I prefer FireOS over vanilla Android honestly.

      • Morgan Freeman

        I share the same sentiment. On Android phones, one big big problem I have is that nothing is consistent. Also, there tends to be at least two apps for everything… Google’s version, the phone manufacturer’s version, and sometimes even the carrier’s version. A text messaging app, for instance. And email. Sure, just pick which one you want to use, but still… it’s a pain in the ass to get things set up properly, and again, nothing is consistent as far as layouts or behavior. And one more thing… software buttons. (Home, back, menu)…. suck!

      • QuarterSwede

        Yes! Makes it horrid. And the level of app quality just. isn’t. there. Even Outlook sucks comparatively. I’m used to polished, quick, easy to use apps. Android doesn’t seem to normally offer that.

      • To each their own. I prefer jailbroken iOS over Android, but I use Android a lot in my daily life. What device do you have?

      • QuarterSwede

        Samsung Galaxy tab 4.

      • those tablets are shit.

      • @sexyhamthing

        Have you used an iphone-priced droid? Dont be fooled by anything like that! Actually research real world usage.

      • QuarterSwede

        I haven’t but it’s not just about the hardware. I don’t like _how_ Android works. It isn’t consistent and I hate the back button. There’s more to it but that’s the general problem I’ve got with it.

      • Gautham Sivakumar

        Bashing on the entire operating system based off of one manufacturer’s skin (particularly Samsung, who is regarded to have the worst skin) isn’t fair either. Some people want just the simplest way to get something done. That’s you, and that’s fine! Others want a finer granular control over their applications, as well as more options that integrate deeper. That’s fine too! Each preference is fine! I personally use devices from both worlds, and they each have their benefits(:

      • @sexyhamthing

        hate…….. the back button? Thats a new one

      • QuarterSwede

        Again, it’s a consistency issue. Sometimes it’s back, sometimes it closes a view, sometimes it doesn’t do either. The nature of the button isn’t the problem. It’s the implementation that’s the issue.

      • yes i have. in fact, using one right now.

  • Matt Perkins

    Android on OS X. That’s the funniest thing ever. Yes people who are on the 2nd most secure desktop OS (Linux is first) wants the number 1 malware infested OS. It’s a dream come true. And funnier yet charging $70 for a copy of the OS. You can get a Kindle Fire for $50 and it comes with Android. So those who wanna get a feel for how terrible Android really is should just buy a Kindle Fire. You’ll save $20 that way and won’t make your desktop susceptible to malware.

    • The #1 most infected OS is Windows, not Android.

    • micaiah

      Hahaha how is Linux so secure again? Because last I checked I am easily able to hack through a linux system.

      • Jason Obona

        You must be is a very good hacka because of easily be able to hack through a linux. I is very impressed but in my country peopa like u is known as a dick.

  • Android X86 has existed for some time now and the experience of running Android on a PC isn’t great if I’m honest. It’s a mobile OS designed for mobile and it shows. Instead of running a mobile OS on the desktop it makes more sense to install Chromium OS.

  • iPhoneWINS

    why?.. no thanks

    • Cristian B

      judging by your name, I’m not surprised

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Love it!

  • Kree Terry

    seems interesting, i always wanted to try out chromeOS but never had any luck getting it to run on my rMBP. Might give this a go just for fun.

  • Cole Mahoney

    Wallpapers?

    • Morgan Freeman

      Yo dawg what song is that at 3:22?

  • Jerwyn Feria

    I Would just load Linux instead. Any ways I keep my mobile platform games on my mobile devices. Not on computers that can play more WASD type games. if I were to put this on my Mac, justifying that I would need to keep moving my mouse twice as much to just get things done on COC and BB then what I can do with just my fingers on my iPad or iPhone. It’s cool that they had made Android into a PC equivalent OS but there are just somethings that weren’t meant to be. Maybe better for tablets but not for PCs

  • Rowan09

    By why? If I can put this on my raspberry PI 2 then it would have some use, but for my laptop, no thank you.

  • Gregory Boyce

    The Remix Mini isn’t a “USB Dongle”. It’s a mini computer, similar to how the Nexus Player works, except it’s intended to be hooked up to a keyboard and monitor rather than being operated by remote. There’s no USB involved unless that’s how you’re connecting peripherals.