Jide is killing off its Remix OS

Jide has announced that it is ceased development on all of its products. The company, which started in 2014, had the “mission to unlock the potential of Android and accelerate a new age of computing.” The company ran three successful Kickstarter campaigns for its products.

According to The Verge:

Jide previously sold its vision of desktop Android as a cheap, lightweight computing solution for individuals and businesses alike. Earlier this year, it even previewed a version of Remix OS that lived on a smartphone but could power a PC, just like Microsoft’s Continuum. Back then, Jide co-founder David Ko told The Verge that the wide range of Android apps available and the free price of download would attract customers to Remix OS. “If your phone can replace [your PC], it’s a huge saving, and has a big impact to productivity,” said Ko.

This wasn’t enough, though, and Jide’s vision has had to fight against a number of factors, including Google’s fledgling efforts to put Android apps on a Chromebook; the increased popularity of the Chromebook itself, especially in education; and Apple’s push to position the iPad as a desktop replacement. (Arguably, the latter shouldn’t have affected Jide’s sales pitch given the difference in price, but it certainly wouldn’t have helped the company grab any customers in the West.)

Personally, I have a slightly different take on why the product line was not successful. The idea of an Android desktop PC that I could attach to my television was an interesting one, so I bought a Jide Remix Mini last year on Amazon. I have  say that it was one of the worst tech purchases of my life. Straight out of the box, it never worked correctly. The device was slow, clumsy, and had a serious issue with WiFi connection. I never even managed to get the device to do the initial update to the firmware. By the time I got done trying to make the device work, the return window for sending it back for a refund had lapsed and it is currently sitting in my stuff-to-sell-on-eBay box.

If you look at some of the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see a recurring theme of mentions of poor performance and poor support from the company, with remarks like “Don’t waste your time or money with this empty promise of a device” and “Don’t waste your money.”

While Jide might like to blame the other marketplace factors, in reality, this was poorly designed product that never delivered on its initial promise.

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Daily Links and Deals: The Unruly Pleasures of the Mid-Manhattan Library

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, February 23, 2016:

Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies (Pew Research Center) – Interesting distinction between mobile devices and smartphones.

Here’s what the ‘i’ in iPhone means (Mashable) – I always thought it was for interactive…. 🙂

UCLA Library releases audio of rare Harper Lee radio interview (UCLA) –  A rare 1964 interview from the reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Remix OS enters beta, adds support for 32-bit processors, OTA updates, dual-booting, more (9 to 5 Google) –  Another OS designed to support older computers.

The Unruly Pleasures of the Mid-Manhattan Library (The New Yorker) – Delightfully ambient piece on New York Library branches.

And two stories from the NYT that showcase the digital divide: Bridging a Digital Divide That Keeps Schoolchildren Behind and Fighting Homelessness, One Smartphone at a Time.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (The Scarpetta Series Book 23) by Patricia Cornwell for $3.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Deadly Stakes (Ali Reynolds Series #8) by J. A. Jance for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dear John by Nicholas Sparks for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran for $2.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: We Talked to a Witch Who Casts Viruses Out of Computers With Magic

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, January 13, 2016:

We Talked to a Witch Who Casts Viruses Out of Computers With Magic (Motherboard) – Anybody out there tried this? Asking for a friend…

The first alpha release of Remix OS puts Android onto your PC (Android Central) – This is a fascinating evolution. I frequently find myself wanting some of the apps on my phone on my computer.

Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices (Techcrunch) – Skype is finally bringing this feature to mobile.

Yahoo settles e-mail privacy class-action: $4M for lawyers, $0 for users (Ars Technica) – What’s wrong with this picture? And the problem their sued over is still going on.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes an interesting selection of  biographies, histories and non-fiction works.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson for 99 cents. Books two and three three in the series, The Nervous System and  The Immune System are also 99 cents each. This is a near-future crime thriller about a man trying to restore order to the New York Public Library system after it has been decimated by terror attacks. What’s not to love? 🙂

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The New Basics Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and  Julee Rosso for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking for $3.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.