You may know it as a project which brought Android to the PC, part of you may have even participated in funding it, however as of next month’s 15th (August), Jide company which was founded by three ex-Google engineers will no longer continue developing Remix OS for PC nor Remix IO or IO+.
To those unfamiliar with it, Remix OS is a project started in 2014 with the aim of fusing the app ecosystem of Android operating system together with the user empowerment of PCs, meaning, creating a system that could run Android apps, and, be optimized for multitasking or for using physical keyboard at the same time.
Despite having relative success, especially during the year of 2016 when the majority of the various Remix releases were made, the project has recently released a statement saying that:
“We’ll be restructuring our approach to Remix OS and transitioning away from the consumer space. As a result, development on all existing products […] will be discontinued.”
The news come off as a bit surprising and probably being received with a mixed feeling by many of the community members, especially in light of Remix being backed by a Kickstarter project – to which Jide has announced they will issue full refunds, and also due to the fact that Jide states in their About page:
“We are not a company just building products to sell. We are about building products that have the potential to change the world.”
According to the company, they have been approached by an increasing number of enterprises in various industries, to which they began helping build “great tools for their organizations”.
Hence due to limited resources, Jide decided to focus “solely on the enterprise space moving forward”.