Got an ageing computer taking up space in a closet? Well, from mid-January you’ll be able to give it a new lease of life with Remix OS for PC, which will let you run a version of Android right there on a computer, gratis.
The new OS is a forked version of Android Lollipop made by Jide, which is designed to run on any x86 computer; that’s pretty much any Intel or AMD-based hardware that you might have lying around. To get started, you’ll just need to download the OS and pop it on a USB 3.0 flash drive that supports FAT32 format with a minimum capacity of 8GB.
Then, you can pop the thumb drive into any x86 PC that supports booting from a USB and — voila! — Android. Running an OS from a thumb drive is, of course, not a new idea in the slightest, but Remix OS promises to bring some fairly modern features — and millions of apps — to even relatively old devices. It also looks pretty damn sleek. A Marshmallow version is likely to follow, too.