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Remix OS, the Android Desktop OS, Is Discontinued

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Despite plenty of hype and potential around it, today brings word that Remix OS is discontinued.

This desktop-orientated version of Android was designed to be used like a regular desktop OS and could be freely installed on Intel PCs and Macs. A variety of conventional desktop features were plumped in to make the OS more “desktop friendly”, including a task bar, a start menu, a system tray, and the ability to run multiple Android apps in resizable windows.

Remix OS for PC, which is based on the work of the Android x86 project, also boasts full local installation, UEFI support, and (until now) OTA updates.

But it seems the project won’t migrate out of beta.

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Android signage computer taps new quad Cortex-A17 SoC

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The “VIA ALTA DS 4K” signage computer runs Android 5.1.1 on a Zhaoxin ZX-2000 SoC, and offers dual Ethernet ports and support for simultaneous 4K and HD.

VIA Technologies has been active in the Android digital signage market for years, with products such as its VAB-630 SBC. While that product tapped a homegrown dual-core, Cortex-A9 SoC, the new VIA ALTA DS 4K signage computer instead runs a customized Android 5.1.1 image on a quad-core, 1.4GHz Cortex-A17 ZX-2000 (translated) from Zhaoxin.

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Anbox – Run Android Applications on any Linux System

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GNU
Linux

UBports’ Marius Gripsgård has announced the availability of a new project titled Anbox – which will allow its users to run Android applications on top of their current Linux Distros.

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