The Remix IO Android TV/ PC hybrid device has smashed through its Kickstarter funding target and is set for launch early in 2017.
The Remix IO is based on the Remix OS (Operating System) which is designed around Android and intended to unite the worlds of mobile devices and traditional PCs, by allowing you to enjoy all the apps afforded by Android but with a control interface based around keyboard, games controller and/or remote control handset.
The Remix IO is attempting to reimagine the all-in-one category, designed to be a TV set-top box, gaming console, and traditional PC in a single device. The latest version of Remix OS is now based on Android Nougat (7.0).
Each element of the Remix IO, says Jide Technology - the company behind the device, is designed to work in tandem and allows users to quickly switch from editing a Word document one minute to, say, playing Clash Royale the next. Jide has introduced a unique TV Mode interface that makes full use of the big screen and the new input methods for daily use. Those methods of control include support for TV remotes and game controllers, as well as full keyboard and mouse support with shortcuts, and finally a smartphone remote control app for iOS and Android that is currently in development.
“Remix OS was born from the belief that Android is the future of computing, yet with an awareness that it has the potential to do more. Android smartphones have dominated the market since its inception - with Android hitting 82.6% global market share this year - and now is the time to firmly put Android PCs on the map. The Remix IO is another step forward to further that goal,” explained David Ko, co-founder of Jide Technology.
Jide has worked with their community to develop what they hope is the definitive desktop version of Android and Remix OS’s latest advancements, including the migration to Android Nougat, can be found in Remix IO.
Remix IO recognises and ensures that the app UI corresponds to the selected mode. For example, when launching YouTube in TV Mode, Remix OS will open the Android TV version of the app and when in PC Mode it will open the standard mobile version.
Gaming on Android is primarily built for touchscreens, but Jide’s new addition allows users to map touch controls to keyboard, mouse, and game controller inputs
The Remix IO boats true 4K output at 60fps, HDR support, and an octa-core processor but slightly disappointingly, the CPU is supplied by Rockchip (it’s a RK3368 or RK3399 for the higher specced model) so although the video below shows KODI being available through the TV launcher, it’s not likely to run as well as other, more dedicated Android media devices we’ve seen. If sales prove good enough, however, it could well receive some love from developers.
Other specs include a PowerVR SGX6110 GPU, 2/4GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB of built-in storage plus a microSD card slot to expand internal memory by up to 128GB more. Ports and connections include 4x USB Type-A 2.0, HDMI 2.0, VGA, Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz/5Ghz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
“Jide’s community has been an important part of the company growth and Remix OS’s development since we launched it to the world in March 2015. Their support meant that our previous Remix Mini campaign was a resounding success, and raised over US$1.6m on Kickstarter. Our new campaign is a way for us to go back to where it all started and offer our three million Remix OS users a Kickstarter exclusive on the new Remix IO,” explained David Ko, co-founder of Jide Technology.
Remix IO is available to back on Kickstarter now from US$99 and will ship to backers worldwide in March 2017 - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jidetech/697445050?token=bfc75bfd
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