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  • Remix OS—a multitasking, windowed Android OS—can now run on your PC

    Jide's Remix OS—a... well, remixed version of Android that is more suitable for a PC's mouse and keyboard—is now available for download. The OS turns Android into a windowed desktop environment with the ability to multitask, just like Windows, Mac OS, and desktop Linux.

    The OS is available today as a 700MB "alpha" version, which you should be able to run on your own hardware. The project's webpage says it is compatible with "most computers in the world powered by x86 chipsets," and it seems to require a 64-bit CPU. Remix OS is based on the long-running Android-x86 project, which has a crowdsourced hardware support list here, but the bottom line seems to be "try it and see what happens." You'll need at least an 8GB USB 3.0 flash drive with a recommended write speed of 20MB/s along with a PC with a "USB legacy" boot option.

  • How Remix OS Is Bringing Android To Old x86 PC (And Mac) For Free

    Remix OS based on Android UI can run just using USB stick — eliminating the need of a hardware. This means you can take your computer with you anywhere you go. Read more about how Remix OS is going to take all by surprise with its upcoming release.

  • Remix OS Brings Android as a Linux Desktop, Now Ready for Download - Screenshot Tour

    The Android-x86-based Remix OS has arrived and is now ready for download and testing. It’s an Alpha version, so don’t expect it to be stable.

    Remix OS was first introduced with the a crowdfunding campaign for Remix Mini, a small mini PC. The campaign was successful and it shipped to customers. It’s now even available on various online outlets, including Amazon and you can buy one almost anywhere in the world.

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