Has anyone messed with Remix OS(windowed android desktop os)?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by mclld, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Interesting. Might give it a go in a VM just to experiment :)
     
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    I've been meaning to try running it off of a USB stick but haven't gotten to it yet
     
  3. Algus macrumors regular

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    There's been quite a lot of chatter about this on the Chrome OS forums I visit. It looks pretty interesting but I'm not particularly eager to give it a spin myself. I doubt these guys will be the outfit to bring windowed Android to the masses but if Google is planning something like this on the horizon, it could be pretty interesting.

    This looks like a great OS to put on the Pixel 2 or Pixel C.
     
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    Not quite sure why Google hasn't already done this for chromebooks - it's what chromeOS should be really.

    I guess however there are still a lot of issues with Apps not working or requiring hardware simply not found in a traditional cheaper chrome laptop like touchscreen, accelerometer, gyroscope, gps etc...

    Though an external controller could probably address much of that.

    It's promising if anything else.
     
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    Google said they're going to bridge Chrome and Android together via API layer but Snapdragon phones/tablets and other ARM processors paired with decent GPUs still spank Intel Atom/BayTrail Celerons in both performance & battery life. (BayTrail Atoms used in a few Android tablets while fast were awful in battery management)

    Don't have a spare "modern" notebook it'll work on, last I tried a ChromeOS distro and it ran like a turd on a Core 2 Duo 2Ghz. I currently use Crouton on a Chromebook which gives the best of both worlds.
     
  6. Algus, Jan 15, 2016
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    The most popular chromebooks are dirt cheap nothings. My machine is a first generation HP 14 (great computer actually, T-Mobile sim and 200 mb/mo free!) and it's got a lowly Celeron CPU in it. 14'' 768p screen, hard plastic case. Oh the screen is simply awful compared to my rMBP. Cost $300

    Some vendors have been fooling around with adding better tech to them, Asus has got the Flip which is a 360 touchscreen but definitely still missing stuff they put in tablets.

    HP did make the SlateBook awhile back but it wasn't on the market very long. Not very many of us on the Chrome OS forums were impressed by it.

    Chrome OS runs pretty good on ARM architecture and even has some nice Linux possibilities since Debian et al. have ARM compilations and many key pieces of software compiled for ARM. Google has been messing around with ARC for the last 18 months which lets Android apps run in Chrome OS already. I think a fusion is inevitable! Although I'd prefer Chrome OS won. Instant-on boot time and no overhead so that it works on a budget CPU in 2 GB RAM is wonderful.
     
  7. mclld thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I think I could get by with a Chrome OS device as my only computer
     
  8. Algus macrumors regular

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    I used Chrome OS exclusively for almost all of 2013. My last computer gave up the ghost and I didn't have the money to repair or replace it so I was left with my $250 Samsung Chromebook.

    It actually worked really well! The Samsung Chromebook was only 11'' and had a 6 hour battery life, which was a lot at the beginning of 2013 before Haswell laptops were in wide circulation. I eventually bought a 24'' 1080p HDMI monitor and a wireless logitech keyboard/mouse set. Chrome OS has very little overhead like I mentioned in my last post so even though the Samsung Chromebook only had a piddly little ARM CPU and 2 GB RAM, it ran very well.

    My finances were way better at the end of 2013 because I got a promotion, and a hefty raise, at work so I ended up buying my Mac mini but I still used Chrome OS as my laptop for 2013-2014. Beginning of last year I was in the market for a premium laptop, something with a nice screen, good case, and excellent keyboard. Macbook Pro was the obvious fit as one of the chromebook's deficiencies was lack of support for my mobile devices. If the Pixel 2 had come out a couple months sooner though, I'd probably be using one of those instead.

    Chrome OS probably isn't for everyone but I was really happy with it. It's fast, secure, updates are almost instantaneous, and Google doesn't have it locked down so you can do nerdy stuff like run an Ubuntu desktop alongside Chrome OS without much of a performance hit.
     

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