Most people know of two types of personal computer. There’s Windows computers, which for all intents and purposes are what people assume you are talking about when you say the word “PC”. There are Mac computers, which is the other type of personal computer that its owners pointedly refuse to call “PC”, probably because that’s how you’ll know that they don’t use Windows.
Jide Technology (probably named after a Yoruba demon… lol), a software company founded by 3 ex-Google engineers, David Ko, Ben Luk and Jeremy Chau in 2013 is based in Beijing, China and is hoping that in time, people will come to acknowledge a third type of personal computer – The Android PC.
Remix Mini is a tiny PC. It gives you a PC experience unlike anything on Android and an Android experience unlike anything on a PC.
The Android PC is powered by their own take on Google’s open source operating system. Remix OS is a productivity-focused version of Android that turns what was originally a mobile OS into a full-fledged desktop computing experience. Their efforts have been well received, as the startup raised more than $1.6 million on Kickstarter, shipping close to 30,000 mini computers to users all over the world.
The speed at which Jide Technology is deploying products across the world is remarkable. Software companies are in theory able to transcend geographical barriers easily as long as markets are receptive, but once there is a hardware component, physical logistics make things considerably more complex.
At January Concumer Electronic Show (CES) 2016, Jide Technology announced a partnership with Tecno Mobile that will see them power the latter’s latest tablet with Remix OS — a software deal. But somehow, they’ve gone so far as to take their hardware, the Remix Mini, to South Africa, and as you might have guessed by now, Nigeria.