Devs Talk About the Past and Future of Maru OS
Many have been watching as multiple companies are trying to make Android work as a desktop platform. We’ve talked about Remix OS extensively in the past, but their project started as a standalone piece of software that you would install on PC hardware. Earlier this year though, they announced Remix Singularity and this is a popular trend that we’re seeing with the market lately. Companies want you to connect your smartphone to a monitor and use it as a desktop PC.
Jide has received a lot of attention for this, and Samsung has as well with their DeX station system that is compatible with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. There’s another piece of software that has been trying to accomplish this, and those developers call their platform the Maru OS. Back in February of last year we talked about how the developers announced the project would be made open source. Then again in March of this year with the launch of Maru OS 0.4 and the push to get it ported to more devices.
The company just published a blog post that talks about what type of progress they’ve made over the last year. They’ve had 10 different releases which improved stability, transitioned to Marshmallow, allowed Maru Desktop to start in the background, added encryption support and more. Maru OS still only supports the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi, but then confirm they have early community builds available for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
They also talk about where they’d like to take Maru OS in the future. Touching on adding support for more devices, enabling wireless display streaming, desktop graphics acceleration, desktop audio, OTA updates and more. The developers are aware that some areas need to be worked on to make it more developer friendly too. Saying they would like to improve the documentation, add in some more automated testing, and then transition from point releases to a fully-automated, continuous release cycle including nightly or weekly builds.
Source: Maru OS Blog