Jide is a company that likely not many mobile device users will be familiar with, but they should be familiar with what they offer to some degree, as their devices and software are based on Android. Jide is the company behind popular devices from Kickstarter like the Remix Ultra tablet and the Remix Mini Android PC solution, but they also just recently launched the alpha release version of their Android-based software for PC users called Remix OS, and today they have just announced that Remix OS for PCs is moving from an Alpha status to a Beta release with new improvements and optimization of the software.
For those who are still unaware, Remix OS is built to deliver Android in a PC-like environment for those who want to have access to Android in a more “productivity” oriented state. It’s still Android at the core and many Android functions you’d find on a smartphone or tablet are there, like the Play Store, and all of the apps within it, but it also houses a taskbar, multi-window, a start menu and more that you just won’t find on traditional Android devices, making for a truly different experience on Android that most users haven’t interacted with.
With the release of the new beta software, Jide promises plenty of fixes for bugs that were present in the Alpha version software, which should help to boost the user experience. Alongside the bug fixes, there will also be a larger list of compatible devices that can download and install the Remix OS software, meaning more PC types can use it. The beta also introduces other useful functionality like over-the-air updates which will finally make it possible for users to receive push updates when newer versions of Remix OS are made public. Beyond these changes, the beta software will also introduce support for 32-bit systems, which more or less falls under the broader range of device compatibility and support for dual-boot using a new hard drive installer tool that Jide has put together. This release of the software will be available to download and install as of March 1st forward, so it won’t be long before users can get their hands on it.