Remix OS is a full – fledged Android on desktop computer
Many users, even those who have a Android tablet and would like to try this operating system on ordinary desktop computer. Alas, take and so simply to install Android on computer will not work, because the desktop processors have completely different architecture. However, there is a modified version of Android that is compatible with intelocking x86-processors, but using them on a PC is not very convenient, and they are updated very rarely.
But as interest in «non-traditional» installations of Android remains, more and more developers are attempting to completely move Android to desktop computers. Perhaps the most successful and promising in this respect is the project of the company Corporation Jide – Remix OS is an operating system based on Android-x86, optimized to work on desktops, laptops and tablets Remix Mini.
Being essentially the same Android OS Remix at the same time, something like Windows and Linux at the same time. The operating system supports receive updates, multi-tasking and multiple Windows, mouse use and similar to Windows shortcuts, particularly Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V; it has the same Windows task bar, notification tray, start menu, and access to the Internet is possible through Wi-Fi or through the Ethernet port. Design options panel and built-in file Manager is clearly borrowed from Linux. And best of all is that it is possible to run almost any Android app.
The launch of the Remix OS on VirtualBox
Set Remix OS is not only on hardware but also on virtual machine. First go to the developer website and download the distribution package with the system. To install on a virtual machine best suited edition Legacy BIOS 32-bit, then how Boot UEFI & Legacy BIOS 64-bit is better suited for desktops with 64-architecture.
When creating the virtual machine, select type Linux version Other Linux (32-bit), the amount of RAM allocated at least 1 GB, the disk size is in the range of 20-25 GB.
After the VM is created, run it and specify the path to the installation ISO Remix OS.
As soon as the VirtualBox window will appear the boot menu system, select it in the most appropriate mode of installation.
The default mode is «Resident mode» to choose, if you are going to use a Remix OS on a regular basis. In this case, all data and settings OS Remix will be saved after each session. If you choose guest mode a «Guest mode», the system will boot as Live CD and as settings, will be reset with each new upload.
Note: when you select the guest mode, press Tab then spacebar, and then type vga=791 (see the screenshot). To start installation press Enter.
The installation is performed in automatic mode. It lasts about 20-30 minutes, and all the while on the screen you will see a shimmering logo Remix OS.
Upon completion you will be prompted to choose the interface language. Initial selection of small, affordable only English and two Asian languages, but it does not matter – choose Russian can be had in the settings of the system.
Yes, the default controls use only arrow keys to enable mouse selected in the main menu virtual machine -> mouse Integration, not forgetting, however, about the hot host key.
Remix install OS on hard disk
Ways of installing and running the Remix OS on a PC there are several, but we propose to consider is that only one using a bootable ISO image and a program EasyBCD. In this example, the Remix OS is installed next to Windows as a second operating system. So, you need an installation image with Remix OS, the program is EasyBCD (free version is fine) and a separate partition on the hard disk that is formatted in FAT32 and having a size of not less than 10 GB.
Using any archiver, extract the ISO image to the created partition, and run EasyBCD. When you start the utility prompts you to select language – choose in the list of Russian and press «Go».
Click on the panel menu «Add entry» in the section «Removable external media», select the ISO tab in the Name field, enter the Remix OS and in the Path field specify the path to the downloaded boot ISO image and click the bottom «Add»button.
Upon completion of the Defrag image, select the EasyBCD menu «Tools» the option «Restart the computer».
The next start will meet you a boot menu where you will see two entry Windows and Remix OS.
After selecting the Remix OS will start the process of installing the operating system.
Note: before you install the Remix OS on a computer with UEFI BIOS, turn off Secure Boot.
First impressions from the use of Remix OS
The work of the developers of Jide Corporation, certainly, is worthy all praise, however, to expect from the Remix OS, something special is not worth it. At least not yet. Claims to the graphic shell, especially when you consider that presents Remix OS only beta-version, but the file Manager would like to see is about the same as in Windows. The main drawback of the system is the lack of built – in application directory, which the program must be downloaded through the browser and install it manually from the APK files. However, with a little effort, you can install the Google Play store.
Integration Of Google Play
First go to settings Remix OS «Security» and allow the installation of apps from unknown agents.
Download the XDA forum GMSInstaller special tool, install it and run it.
You will see a window with two buttons. Hit «One-click to install Google Services» and wait for the download and installation files, and then go to settings, system, find the components of Google Play Services and Google Services Framework and in turn clear their cache.
After you restart the operating system in the list of apps you should see the Google Play store.
Official page Remix OS: www.jide.com/en/remixos-for-pc#downloadNow
A utility to install the Google Play: forum.xda-developers.com/remix/remix-os/app-install-google-play-services-remix-t3292087