Jide, the company behind desktop-orientated Android fork Remix OS, has put its software in an all-in-one PC for the first time. The firm partnered with Chinese manufacturer AOC to create a Remix OS-powered desktop device that’s aimed at China’s enterprise market. This isn’t a powerful computer by any stretch of the imagination (nor is it the first all-in-one device to run Android, or a variant thereof), but it’s still interesting to see what Jide is doing with its software.
Remix OS is still in beta, but it essentially turns Google’s mobile OS into a desktop operating system. The software adds floating windows, keyboard and mouse support, a Start menu lookalike, and file manager. The software is available to download for free, and we were impressed with its capabilities when we tried it out at MWC earlier this year.
The new AOC-built Remix OS PC comes with a 24-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB or 64GB of storage. There’s a pair of HDMI ports on the back, as well as an Ethernet jack and four USB ports, and the whole thing is powered by a 64-bit, 2GHz, ARM Cortex A53 chip. That’s hardly going to deliver stunning performance, and judging by a promo video of the PC (above), the hardware itself looks a bit flimsy too. Price is unconfirmed, and the device is set to go on sale this summer in China only.
It’s also worth noting that the AOC PC won’t come with Google services. Remix OS doesn’t ever have Google’s Play Store preloaded (this has to be side-loaded by the user), but Google’s services obviously have particular trouble in China. Jide suggests that users instead install alternative app stores, such as Amazon’s.