Because Android is primarily a mobile OS, the desktop has been one of the places the platform has somewhat failed to become popular in. But a group of former Google engineers have teamed up to change that with the Remix Mini which the team calls the “World’s First True Android PC”.
The group has turned to Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform, to try and turn their vision into reality. With the motto of “less is more”, the Remix Mini team wants to create a “PC experience unlike anything on Android and an Android experience unlike anything on a PC.”
The Remix Mini is powered by a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core Cortex-A53 Allwinner processor coupled with either 1GB of 2GB of RAM as well as 8GB or 16GB of eMMC internal storage. The Remix Mini will be able to support Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and Ethernet connectivity as well as H.265 4K hardware decoding, 4K HDMI output, and 4K*2K resolution.
The Remix Mini team is able to migrate Android’s OS into a desktop experience by engineer their own version of Android Lollipop called Remix OS. Because of the new operating system, users will have be able to access and control Android apps using a mouse and keyboard and will have access to special features such as a taskbar, multiple window multi-tasking, and more.
The device itself measures only 4.9×3.5×1.0 inches and features a capacitive touch power button on top as well as two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4 port, an Ethernet port, a DC adapter port, and a Headphone jack in the rear.
As of the this writing, the team has garnered over $350,000 in pledges which is exceedingly more than their pledge goal of $50,000 with 42 days to go for the campaign. Interested users may still pledge at one of the many pledge tiers which will entitle them to one or more of units of the Remix Mini when it comes out depending on which tier they pledge in.
The Remix Mini has an estimated delivery date of October 2015 which is actually pretty close but since the project has already been funded, the team is probably already well on their way to finishing the final version of the device and begin production of the backer units. Hopefully the final product fulfills both the creator’s and backer’s expectations and create a true desktop Android experience.