Remix OS alpha is here: run Android on your Mac

By , Jan 12, 2016

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Remix OS, a software platform created in partnership with the Android-x86 project, is now available for download from the Jide website. Remix is basically a custom engineered version of Android Lollipop that can be installed onto a USB thumb drive to boot your Mac right into Android.

This is a pre-release alpha version of Remix intended for developers so it may be a bit rough around the edges and exhibit some hiccups. That being said, Remix OS is pretty cool: it has a custom user interface with built-in Amazon App Store, but you can sideload Google Play services to run virtually any Android app on your Mac.

To boot in Remix OS, you’ll need a USB 3.0 flash drive that supports FAT32 format, with a minimum capacity of 8GB and a recommended writing speed of 20MB/s.

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Upon downloading and unzipping the Remix OS for PC package, insert a flash drive to your computer, launch the Windows-only Remix OS USB Tool and follow the instructions to make a bootable copy of Remix OS. Or, use the ISO file provided in the ZIP archive and use OS X’s Disk Utility application to burn Remix OS on an external hard drive, USB flash drive or other bootable storage device.

Lastly, reboot your Mac and press the Option (⌥) key to enter the Boot menu. Select your USB storage device containing a bootable copy of Remix OS and press Enter to boot right in Remix OS.

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Unlike similar systems, Remix OS actually allows Android users to work in a traditional windowed app interface. They are also selling the $70 Remix Mini, a USB dongle that packs in a 64-bit mobile chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and built-in Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0.

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With the Mini, you can run Remix OS on any Windows or Mac PC that meets the minimum system requirements, without needing to install anything or burn the flash drive.

Remix OS will soon be upgraded to Android Marshmallow.

For more information about Remix OS, read my preview article, check out the official website or visit their Kickstarter project page.

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  • :D

    Does it work with Parallels?

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Asking the right questions here

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  • Anmol Malhotra

    downloading now!

  • Javan Denton

    so is it only for PC right now?

    • talkRAYdio

      nope – mac or pc. but the bootable must be created with pc

      • Morgan Freeman

        Do you know if I can run their usb tool (.exe) on Wine? Or is Windows an absolute must have for this process? Can install Parallels/Windows if I have to.

      • talkRAYdio

        don’t know. but i think it will work. let me know what you find, iim’ curious

  • Anmol Malhotra

    how did you create a bootable usb on mac?
    i am trying for past 2 hours. Could not proceed

    • talkRAYdio

      you have to create the bootable with windows, then it will boot in the mac. i did it with bootcamp. you can probably do it witha windows emulator if you have one

      • mayank lingwal

        i have tried creating a bootable usb both with windows and mac(via terminal) and it is only detectable in windows (my desktop). My macbook air (2015) is not recognizing it. Do you know a better method?

      • talkRAYdio

        for me it was simple… i booted into windows on my macbook pro (2013, 15″ retina), unzipped the zip file, opened the .exe, selected the .iso file to copy from, and then selected the usb drive and let it install. once it was done i simply rebooted my mac, held down the option key and booted from the usb drive.

      • mayank lingwal

        I tried that method but only my desktop(windows) is recognising the bootable usb. My mac is showing only my hdd on holding option key while booting.

      • talkRAYdio

        also, where are you selecting the drive to boot from … what method are you using to try and choose the usb drive?

      • Tomek W

        did you tray to run id from hhd off mac, next to windows?

  • Eli Linder

    Google play is apparently not included. So, how do i flash Google play?

    • talkRAYdio

      no idea, sorry

  • Vasto Lorde

    will it work with macs or pcs that don’t have usb 3.0 ports? or it will just install and load slower?