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Jide Kills Remix OS

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Remix OS-- the desktop-style Android fork complete with floating windows, mouse and keyboard support, and a start button-- is no more, as developer Jide announces an end to its consumer products.

Remix OS A simple announcement on the Jide website states work on "all existing products," including Remix OS software and various hardware products, is over. The company is even going to refund preorders on devices, such as the Remix IO and IO+ STBs, made on both Kickstarter and its online storefront starting from 15 August.

But why is Jide bringing such work to an end? Apparently this is due to a reshuffling of company priorities. As the announcement puts it, “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 organisations... [G]iven our existing resources, we decided to focus our company efforts solely on the enterprise space moving forward.”

In other words, working for enterprise might more lucrative than a consumer market dominated by Windows on the PC and Android/IOS on the mobile side. The company gives no word as to what it is actually working on, but it might be an enterprise version of Remix. For those not in the know, Remix was a version of Android with a Windows-style design ideal for desktop design.

Earlier this year Jide announced it was working on a mobile version of Remix featuring Singularity, an Android equivalent to Continuum, the Windows 10 feature allowing users to turn a smartphones into a PC by plugging in the necessary peripherals (such as a keyboard and monitor).

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