New Console OS wants to bring Android to the desktop


Although there are options already in existence to run Android on desktops, both natively and within emulators, a new kickstarter project for Console OS promises to bring a native build of Android for the desktop to market that will be easy enough for everyday users to run. If successful, the Console OS team believes this option will be popular in helping consumers tap into the apps they use on their smartphones and tablets while working on their computers.

According to Console OS, their solution has been built from the ground up to enable fast switching between Windows and Android operating systems. It will also support multi-touch and non-touch displays. Console OS will be capable of running from an internal hard drive or users can run it from a USB external hard drive. The development team also says Console OS will have full support for Android 4.4 KitKat.

Console OS will be a free option when finally released, however a paid subscription will give users access to features like “InstaSwitch” so operating systems can be swapped without a reboot along with native DVR support. The other issue will be support for particular hardware as a separate version of Console OS will have to be built for each specific device. This is where Kickstarter support may be appealing to some as it gives you a voice in which devices get support.

According to the Console OS team, their version of Android for the desktop will be available before the end of 2014.

Update: According to Console OS, their pricing model is not a subscription model. Instead, users can buy an upgrade to Console OS Pro for $19.99. The plan is to release at least one major update each year which will cost an additional $19.99, although users will not be required to update. As part of the Kickstarter campaign, if you get in early you can buy the upgrade for only $10 and will have access to upgrades for no additional charge for life.


source: Console OS, Kickstarter
via: Android Police

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • GraveUypo

    paid subscriptions = no thanks.


      Console OS Pro is not a paid subscription. We plan to have one major version each year (expected to be $19.99) – you’re under no obligation to upgrade and your credit card isn’t charged annually.

      Backers of Console OS Pro ($10 or more) on Kickstarter will get free upgrades for life, however. Half the price of v1.0, and free upgrades for life.

      • jcauseyfd

        Thanks for the clarification Console OS. The article has been updated.