Jide's Remix OS has turned a lot of heads in the last couple of years, thanks to an interesting initial tablet offering and subsequent easy-to-install software for both PCs and a few Nexus tablets and even some retail hardware. The modified Android software, which uses a desktop-style window system for apps, is surprisingly robust and easy to use. Jide's latest move is to offer Remix as a virtual machine package, allowing Windows desktops, laptops, and tablets to run the Android ROM in a dedicated window alongside desktop applications.

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Remix OS Player installs like a regular desktop app and allows users to run it in a dedicated window. It's a lot like the Bluestacks player, AMIDuOS, and similar consumer-focused virtualization tools. The system is based on the virtual machine in Android Studio, but some extensive modifications have been added on to allow less technical users to check it out. The aim is, presumably, to make stand-alone Remix-powered devices or a full OS installation a more appealing alternative for the desktop. Jide's press release didn't say which version of Android the player's software is based on, but the latest release from the company uses Marshmallow (6.0) code.

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Notably, the Remix Player includes full access to the Google Play Store, something that isn't a given with these sorts of tools (and indeed, isn't offered on all Jide hardware, either). The option to install vetted apps directly from the Play Store instead of through a browser download goes a long way towards making it a more viable option for standard users.

Remix OS Player is a free download on Jide's website. At the moment it's only available on Windows, though Jide says that it's working on a port for Mac OS.

Press Release

September 15th, 2016 (Beijing, China) - Today Jide Technology, the team behind Remix OS, releases an emulated version of the Android operating system, which is free to download on Windows. The Marshmallow based “Remix OS Player” is the easiest way for anyone to experience Remix OS and run their favorite Android games and apps on a PC. The download is available here: www.jide.com/remixos-player

Remix OS was born from the belief that Android is the future of computing but with an awareness that improvements had to be made before the “Android PC” became viable. As the ultimate desktop version of Android, Remix OS integrates PC features such as multiple resizable windows, taskbar interface, and complete access to the Google Play Store for an experience that offers the best of mobile and PC.

Android has a wide range of games available on the Play Store all of which can be played on Remix OS, such as or including Clash Royale, Pokémon Go, and Vainglory on their PCs. For the more dedicated gamer, Remix OS also includes a key mapping tool that allows Android games with touch control schemes to be played more effectively with keyboard and mouse.

“Remix OS Player” is first available for Windows PCs, with Mac support coming in future. Installation only requires the user to download an .exe file to run Remix OS directly from their desktop. “Remix OS Player” is the fastest and most optimized Android emulator on the market and is based on Google’s own Android Studio. Unlike Android Studio and other emulators, Remix OS Player will let Android developers optimize their apps for the Android PC/Chrome OS environment because of its mouse and multiple window support.

“Remix OS Player is aimed at people who want the easiest way to try Remix OS and experience Android games and apps running on a big screen PC,” explained David Ko, co-founder of Jide. “It extends the Remix OS experience and enables more folks to get a taste of Android PCs.”

Remix OS is also available as a dual boot/single boot operating system for compatible x86 machines. Download information can be found here:http://www.jide.com/remixos-for-pc#downloadNow