The company has had to pull Google Mobile Services (the element that makes the Google Play Store and, thus, YouTube, Drive, etc. run) from its latest software version. Jide has notified its customers and posted an update on its Remix OS Facebook page.
As said in the status post, Remix Mini users can choose to skip out on the OTA update to version 2.0.307 and miss out on future OTAs or sideload Google Mobile Services post-update. Jide’s reasoning for the removal of GMS — “to ensure a consistent experience across all Android devices for all apps” — wasn’t exactly a complete one.
It later clarified to Liliputing that while Google was able to certify that tablets and other traditional form factors running Remix OS executed particular Android apps just fine, it wasn’t able to for the Remix Mini. Jide was asked to remove GMS “for now.” The removal could be temporary if both sides fix things up to make those apps work right.
As a stop-gap, Jide has put in a third-party app store named “Remix Central,” and of course, there are all the other stores and APKMirror.