Jide Technology, founded by three ex-Google engineers, announced their plan to make Remix OS, the productivity-focused version of Android.
By downloading and using Remix OS, anyone with an Intel or AMD-based device can experience the Android Lolliop operating system on a desktop. Users can also have complete access to all the apps in the Google Play Store, without any need for coding or repurchasing favorite apps.
“The public release of Remix OS, based on Android-x86, is something that we’ve been working towards since we founded Jide Technology in 2014. All of us are driven by the goal of making computing a more accessible experience.” David Ko, C0-Founder of Jide Technology explained.
As part of Jide’s effort to make computing more accessible, the company partnered with Tecno, one of the largest mobile phone brands in Africa.
Jide’s second product on Kickstarter, Remix Mini, surpassed its Kickstarter goal by more than thirty times, with over $1,647,000 USD pledged of a $50,000 USD goal.
“Why not make the Android market available on PC as well as mobile, just like how iOS works? Android phones are used dominantly around the world, including developing countries,” co-founder Jeremy Chau, who was a software engineer on Google AdWords. “Some just cannot afford expensive Apple products, and we thought we need to empower Android users to fully use Android productivity apps on PC.”
Remix Mini allows users to work within the Android app ecosystem while taking full advantage of PC features. According to Jide, it will connect to any screen, keyboard and mouse to run any Android app. The product has two versions: 1G RAM + 8 GB storage version ($30 USD) and 2G RAM + 16GB storage version ($50 USD)
Following their Kickstarter project, Remix Mini will be available on JD.com or on their company website.