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Remix OS for PC 2.0 (alpha)

Android optimised for the PC

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 12 January 2016
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Downloads To Date: 3036
Developer: Jide Technology
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Remix OS for PC 2.0
Android optimised for the PC

Remix OS for PC is a lightweight fork of Android KitKat, optimised for desktop use, which you can run from a USB stick or virtual machine.

While that sounds interesting, there are catches. It's an alpha, officially flagged as a "developer" edition, so problems are to be expected. And there's no Play Store included, which means it takes a little more work than usual to install your favourite apps.

If you're happy to try it anyway, the download gets you an ISO image. Burn it to disc, make a bootable USB stick or plug it into VirtualBox and you should be able to boot from it on most PCs.

There's the usual LiveCD procedure: choose Guest Mode, select your keyboard type (there's only US and Chinese, unfortunately), click Next to agree to the licence and click Start. (If you're using VirtualBox and it hangs after you select Guest Mode, make sure you've created your virtual machine based on 64-bit Linux.)

Remix OS opens with a very Windows-like desktop. There are icons on the desktop, a Start Menu when you click bottom left, a Windows 10-style notifications panel if you click bottom right.

App windows are designed with the mouse in mind. Move your mouse to the bottom right corner of a window, the cursor changes and you can click and drag to resize it, while the title bar has PC-like minimise, maximise and close buttons.

The File Manager will also seem familiar to Windows users, its left-hand panel of common locations (Documents, Pictures, Music, Desktop, more) taking them wherever they need to go.

Basic usage is much like a PC, too. Double-click to launch things, buttons appear on the taskbar, click or use Alt+Tab to switch between them, or right-click for more options.

Verdict:

If you might be interested in running Android on a desktop then Remix OS for PC is worth a quick look, just to see where Jide is going. But that's all, the current release is too limited for any long-term or serious use.

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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