It’s the end of the line for the Android on a PC fork Remix OS. as the company behind it – Jide –is pivoting to enterprise solutions. The firm, which previously released several hardware products including one of the first Surface clones from alternate PC manufacturers, is also shuttering its hardware products and discontinuing its efforts on all future consumer oriented products immediately.
Writing on their official blog, Jide says:
Over the past year, we received an increasing number of inquiries from enterprises in various industries, and began helping them build great tools for their organizations by leveraging Jide software and hardware. We see huge potential in the role that Jide can play to revolutionize how these businesses operate. And given our existing resources, we decided to focus our company efforts solely on the enterprise space moving forward.
We’ll be restructuring our approach to Remix OS and transitioning away from the consumer space. As a result, development on all existing products such as Remix OS for PC as well as products in our pipeline such as Remix IO and IO+ will be discontinued. Full refunds will be issued to ALL BACKERS via Kickstarter for both Remix IO and Remix IO+. In addition any purchases made via our online store that has remained unfulfilled will also be fully refunded. This requires no action from you as we will begin issuing refunds starting August 15th.
Of course, that’s not the end of Android on PCs. Much like Samsung Continuum, Samsung’s dex also offers users the capability to run Android apps in a desktop like an app environment. Google’s Desktop operating system, Chrome OS, also does the same. It’s questionable whether people want a mobile operating system on a desktop, as Microsoft learned the hard way with WIndows 8 before it pivoted in WIndows 8.1. That being said, as traditional PCs lose their dominance over the market and the web becomes more powerful, it remains to be seen whether alternative operating systems become more desirable.