Remix OS for PC alpha release arrives: get your multi-window Android on
Right now, multi-window Android support is hard to come by. The best you can hope for is some special hacks from various OEMs, and even then, your options are pretty limited. So it’s understandable how excited we were when we got to check out Remix OS for PC at CES last week, promising to bring users a functional multi-window Android UI right on their existing PC hardware – just boot a Remix OS flash drive and your old PC turns into an Android workstation. It all sounded pretty cool, and a public release was right around the corner. That day’s finally arrived, and if you’re willing to put up with an early developer release, Remix OS is yours to start experimenting with.
Like we mentioned last week, hardware compatibility is a little hit-and-miss right now, hovering in the mid-30-percent range. That’s only going to get better, but don’t be surprised if you run into some problems. The same general theme applies to software compatibility, as well, and apps expecting touchscreen input may behave a little oddly when they deal with mouse or other pointer input.
That said, if you’ve got a PC you’re looking to turn into an Android machine, and a USB 3.0 flash drive you can boot to, you’re well on your way to a mutli-window Android desktop. Sure, you could just wait for Android N (at least, based on some of the latest chatter), but then where would your early-adopter cred come from?
If you take the plunge on Remix OS, let us know in the comments what you think about your experience. We’ll be giving it a spin for ourselves, too.