Remix OS, the Android-based operating system that looked and functioned like a desktop client, is being discontinued.
Jide (the company behind Remix OS) published a message on their official website and social media channels announcing the news, and according to that message, the decision was made as a result of Jide moving away from the consumer market in favor of the enterprise one.
“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 organizations by leveraging Jide software and hardware. We see huge potential in the role that Jide can play to revolutionize how these businesses operate. And given our existing resources, we decided to focus our company efforts solely on the enterprise space moving forward.”
Consequently, all current development for Remix OS on the PC will be discontinued indefinitely.
Jide’s most recent consumer product was a media box/mini PC/gaming console called the Remix IO that started accepting funding on Kickstarter last November. Remix IO had yet to ship out to folks that chipped in during the campaign, and Jide reports that both backers of the product and people that purchased Remix IO directly from the company’s website will be refunded starting on August 15.
The first Remix OS product that Jide created was the Remix Ultratablet in 2014. This was then followed up by the Remix Mini PC in 2015, and then last year’s Remix IO. In addition to this, there are builds of Remix OS for the Pixel C, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and a host of other Android and Windows tablets.
Jide wasn’t exactly clear as to whether or not it would continue to provide support for its existing hardware (Remix Ultratablet and Remix Mini), but seeing as how the company is essentially abandoning the consumer market in favor of enterprise solutions, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was dropped as well.
Lastly, Jide ended its message to its fans with the following:
“We’d like to take this moment to thank our incredible community, who’ve joined us on this journey in the last three years to help us build Remix OS. We very much believe that the future of computing is with Android and we’re excited for the role Jide will play in this amazing ecosystem.”