Android/Windows hybrids are nothing new. Some of the biggest PC manufacturers have launched computers that are able to run both Android and Windows. What if there was a way to have Android as a primary operating system on your PC? That’s exactly the idea that the folks behind Cloud OS have been working at for the past 18 months. The team says that it has “taken Android apart, and put it back together for your PC.”
The team is quick to point out that this isn’t a hacker or homebrew iteration of Android on PC. They’ve worked tirelessly to make sure that every feature works, such as optional multi-touch and Miracast. Users won’t necessarily need a multi-touch display to use Console OS, the UI is both touch and non-touch friendly.
It can be installed on the PC’s hard drive or on a USB flash drive. All apps, documents and even the encryption can run off the USB drive. An installer will also be offered through which users can configure dual-boot with Windows.
With over 100 new features built-in, Console OS will support Intel-powered PC, 2-in-1 or an Intel-powered tablet. Its production grade Android that’s licensed for Intel. The team says that its starting with the company as it gives them “a level playing field that the others haven’t quite yet.”
While users won’t have access to the Google Play Store for apps, since devices have to be certified for that, the Console OS team will offer its own app store and even the ability to import purchases from Google Play. The Amazon Appstore will work as well.
The team is now seeking $50,000 through crowdfunding via Kickstarter to take the development to the next stage. Additional details are available on its campaign page.
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