Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

This Microsoft Surface lookalike runs a productive version of Android instead

Jared Newman | Jan. 8, 2015
A trio of former Googlers try to make Android more work-friendly, with help from a familiar-looking hybrid.

Jide is also working on more of its own work-centric software. At CES, the company was showing a browser, file manager, email and calendar apps, all of which took advantage of Remix's windowing and right-click features.

remixultrawindows
JARED NEWMAN. Remix OS lets you run several phone-sized Android apps side-by-side.

But when I asked about drag-and-drop functionality, Ko hesitated. "We're not saying we want to go back to the PC world," he said. "We want to embrace the mobile world and add features that make sense for mobile."

As for the hardware, the Ultra tablet has an 11.6-inch 1080p display, an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a MicroSD card slot. It weighs 1.9 pounds and measures 0.37 inches thick. Ko said that Jide will offer the Ultra Tablet through a Kickstarter campaign next month. It'll cost $450 with the keyboard included, and should ship in the second quarter.

But again, the real goal for Jide is to get its Remix OS software into other companies' hardware, establishing it as the best option for Android-based productivity. "At heart, we are a software company," Ko said.

 

Previous Page  1  2 

Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.