Remix OS on Mobile will allow you to have an Android smartphone that can also work like a PC

In 2015, a company by the name of Jide hit the scene with the Remix Ultra Tablet. The Remix Ultra Tablet featured a design very similar to Microsoft's Surface line of gadgets, but rather than running Windows, the Tablet was powered by something called Remix OS - Jide's custom take on Android with various elements that are very akin to a desktop operating system. The Ultra Tablet created for somewhat of a cult following, and Jide was quick to follow it up with the Remix Mini later that year. Dubbed as "The World's First True Android PC", the Remix Mini is a tiny $90 PC that can be plugged into your monitor so that you can run Remix OS on a larger canvas. 

Today, February 21, 2017, saw Jide announce Remix OS for Mobile. As the name suggests, Remix OS for Mobile is the first port of Remix OS that we've ever seen for a smartphone, and it's quickly shaping up to be the most exciting project that Jide has ever embarked on. Remix OS for Mobile is a new custom ROM for Android, but it's quite unlike any other take on Google's mobile OS that we've ever seen. On your phone, Remix OS for Mobile will function "as close to stock Android as possible." Exact details on this are still a tad murky, but expect to find your app drawer, home screens, widgets, notification tray, and everything else just like you'd expect it. However, once you connect your phone to a computer monitor through a dock of some sort that Jide has yet to go into too much detail on, you'll be running the full-fledged Remix OS.

This is done through a new system that Jide is currently calling "Singularity", and just like all other iterations of Remix OS that we've seen before this, you can run multiple apps at once in individual windows, place favorite apps on your home screen, have full keyboard and mouse integration, and a ton more. Singularity is essentially Jide's version of Microsoft's Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile, and while Continuum has shown itself to not be the most powerful tool out there, Jide's co-founder David Ko says that they've created Singularity and Remix OS for Mobile to target folks that are looking for a complete computing solution that's affordable.

Remix OS for Mobile shows a lot of promise, but the software isn't perfect just yet. There are still numerous bugs to be squashed and the Google Play Store doesn't come preinstalled by default and needs to be side-loaded if you want to have access to it. Side-loading the Play Store is a relatively easy task as long as you know what you're doing, but that could still prove to be a turn-off for users that aren't all that familiar with the world of rooting and ROMing. Furthermore, an absence such as this will also likely put off any OEMs who are potentially interested in running Jide's new software on their respective hardware.

Jide says that Remix OS for Mobile will be launching this summer, and while there are definitely some kinks that still need to be worked out, the idea of the project is brilliant. The ability to have one single device to act as your hub isn't a new concept, but Jide's take on it looks to be quite promising in many areas. Want to type out a full Word document while you're at home? Just plug your phone into a monitor. Want to kick back and watch Stranger Things but don't want to be confined to your smartphone? Plug it into your television and take advantage of a specially optimized TV mode. Remix OS for Mobile has an enormous amount of potential, and even if this take on a more versatile Android ROM doesn't take off, hopefully it gets the idea planted in developers' minds that this is something that can and should be explored a lot more.

source: Jide via The Verge



1. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Continuum minus word, excel, ppt. Hopefully this is more open and less restricted than android.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Android is restricted? From what the "enthusiasts" say, it's the most open platform to ever exist. How can this be?

7. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I really don't know why, I really wished it wasn't, I guess it's just when Google dums android by not letting you play youtube on the background unless you pay for it. That's really terrible to dumb features from customers unless they pay, also not being able to fast forward youtube commercials unless you root your phone which will void your warranty. I really fail to see it. Oh and also hate that in android you can't select a specific cellular frequency.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Google dums android by not letting you play youtube on the background unless you pay for it." Because Google wouldn't want YouTube to be used as a free music-streaming service. That's why Google doesn't let YouTube play in the background on Android -- to make users keep YouTube on-screen while in use, thus assuring that the ads are being displayed... Those same ads which Google relies on in order to keep YouTube rolling! There's nothing wrong with that.

15. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Well it is, why limit the user? Am able to do this on my phone without a problem, everything that I mentioned. It just baffles me really.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They limited it, so you pay for it. Just like Apple/Microsoft and other do. But overall Android is not limited. Certain things can be limited..

26. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Holy s**t!!! I'm actually more amazed at proper and to the point your answer was and not at all hostile! In all seriousness, I can respect you a little more, but FYI, with windows 10 we actually get the whole experience through continuum, free. I understand that on actual computers you do have to buy the full version, but not with a windows phone. I kid you not I work on my excel spreadsheets at home send my saved work to do email and continue working at school, café etc. And those certain things, in my opinion, are pretty big. It's sad that Maemo was able to play youtube on the background in 2011 yet android users can't unless they void their warranty or pay up.

3. joe.m

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

There are Android apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You'll need to side-load them on Remix OS for Mobile as it currently stands, but the Android versions of Microsoft's apps are arguably better than the Windows 10 Mobile variants.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Yeah not going to work without playstore, before it could've been possible, unless you buy docs to go but that's still crayons compared to what you get on continuum with windows 10.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Bernoulli, you have obviously not use remix OS before. Install Google Play store is just a single click on the install playstore icon. The reason is they can't do that single click on behalf their user due to some legality issue and Google itself seem to support their initiative during interview. Remix OS is pretty slick and fast on my windows DELL tablet 7140. I dual boot that tablet with Remix OS. You say; "Hopefully this is more open and less restricted than android" You should know that statement is far from the truth. Google Android source code is out in the public, how much more open to you want them to be, did Microsoft or Apple put out their source code in the public domain for people to customise for their own use e.g Amazon FireOS, Remix OS etc. As for restriction, both iOS and Windows Mobile 10 does not allow user to view the system files, both has no c:\ access while Android allow c:\ user access equivalent to a PC. Please view product and technology base on their own merits not brand loyalty. That's was the normal till recently.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For your information Office 365 is pre installed on certain Remix OS build.

20. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

So Google Docs, Google Spreadsheet, Google Slides, it’s all already preinstalled. So the next billion people when they look at productivity they will think that Google Docs and Google Apps would be their productivity. From your link. Nice try I guess.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think you really have a comprehension issue. I said Office 365 is pre-install. I have never encounter a Remix build that has Google Docs pre-install. If you prefer to close your mind and continue to be bias. Be my guess. Fanboy only see what they want to see. In such a competitive environment limiting yourself and appearing stupid to those not in your camp is not an option for me.

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Mind telling me where it is in the article?

19. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Okay techie, could you please summerize this into a few sentences? I can't bring myself to read techie-style posts

9. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

All you have to do is to flash the GApps which is as easy as pie. Afterwards you can use the play store just as on every stock phone. Where's the problem?

16. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

But why do that? That's my point, a user shouldn't have to go through this to get what they're paying for.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sorry Joe, the Android, or iOS, versions of Office are decidedly NOT better. For the most basic functions, they are equal. For any advanced Excel work for example, even the WM10 versions have much more functionality.

4. bpcooper14

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2014

I know that with the Remix mini there was an update and Jide provided an easy way to "side load" the play store/services on the mini. I would assume the same thing would be true here in some form. I'm definitely intrigued by the concept. I smell a kickstarter on the horizon with a manufacturer and world wide LTE bands. :)

5. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No need for a Kickstarter just partner with OnePlus. Way easier and will allow the end user to commit less money on a device which might flop.

6. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Continuum may not have multiwindow functionality (yet) but Microsoft has one HUGE advantage: a single development platform (UWP). Specifically all UWP apps know how to display properly on ANY screen size. That's something that android lacks so Microsoft is YEARS ahead of the competition.

21. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

What is the benefit of being years ahead when they are not even in the competition? How many people are using Windows on a phone? I did'nt see any. So what difference it make to be years ahead with terribly failed OS?

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I hope this is more polished than Andromium because it's a joke. I will welcome this with open arms if it works better than Continuum. Nothing beats Remote Desktop in Continuum mode and this doesn't appear to run desktop Chrome to pull it off.

27. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol enjoying my unlimited data plan through continuum and Netflix


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

This just a copy of Continuüm! Still Windows is more powerful than Android!

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

8GB of RAM is useful in this case :-/

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is relevant to my interests. I'd love to just be able to plug my phone into my TV, and use that as my PC.

28. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Windows phone does this already through continuum, it's nice playing surfer on the big screen along with the Xbox games

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