For sometimes now, people have been discussing whether the PC is really in existence or not. There is no denying the fact that people spend a lot of time on their smartphone than they do with PC’s recently. One will easily think that the laptops will never be displaced by the smartphones, since we see them as our joy and pride, but how true is this?
Let’s take a look at a little instance:
You are to embark on a journey with your laptop containing an assignment or report that was to be delivered urgently. Unfortunately, on reaching your destination, you realize that you’ve forgotten your laptop. What should you do?
Well, so long as the required document is stored in the cloud, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The assignment can be finished off using your smartphone, and not as a phone, but as a PC. To say the least, there is a greater chance that the phone in your pocket can be transformed into a desktop computer. It is that easy and simple.
Now let’s take a look at 10 ways your smartphone can be used as desktop operating system.
1. You will need a Wireless HDMI Receiver
To use your Android as a desktop operating system, you will need some form of wireless HDMI receiver. Your choice of Wireless HDMI Receiver depend on which android operating system you use. While some wireless HDMI dongles support various wireless protocols, others are specialized. In that case, a proper research is recommended to know which one you need before you start trying out your Android as a desktop operating system.
2. The Windows 10 Phone That’s Also a PC
The name given to Microsoft display-centric UI is Continuum, it was used initially to identify how a touchscreen display would differ from a standard one.
To turn Windows 10 Mobile device into a PC, this technology is also used.
3. Carry a Linux PC in Your Pocket With Ubuntu Touch
Ubuntu Phone, has its own mobile-to-desktop software. It’s devices are equipped with the Convergence system, which enables a different user interface depending upon the size of the display. For example, the Android version of Ubuntu Touch is compact while that of Tablet is a bit larger.
If your device is compatible, and running the OTA-11 update (or later), you can turn your phone into a PC. Be it as it may, Ubuntu Touch has been abandoned by developers. This means that while existing devices still work, no further in-house development is planned.
4. It can connect to a Bluetooth keyboard.
Some of the reasons to argue that an Android phone cannot be used as Desktop operating system is the lack-of-a-physical-keyboard. In that aspect, there has emerged a number of Bluetooth keyboard that work very well with Android phones including a lot of full-sized keyboards.
5. It has touchscreen!
The latest development about laptops this days is that it has touch screens. Well, that’s not news to android phones as it already has a touchscreen.
6. It’s always connected
Now there is this particular thing about laptop, one will have to start searching for free Wi-Fi. Unlike Your Android phone, that is always connected to the internet
7. The World’s Biggest Mobile OS as a Desktop
Some years ago, Android overtook Windows as the most-used consumer operating system on the planet. Thus making sense to explore its potential as a desktop OS.
While Google and the Android Open Source Project are yet to pronouce any intention to follow Canonical and Microsoft into providing a desktop UI for their smartphone OS, others have been working at providing a solution.
8. Obligatory Low-Budget Option: Android + Chromecast
If it all seems a bit fiddly, expensive or a combination of the two, then you might consider the easy option. To access your Android phones word processor in an emergency or Got a keyboard handy? Then connect a keyboard (either Bluetooth or USB should be fine, depending on your handset) and share your display over Chromecast
9. Phoenix OS
This was designed for desktops and laptops with Intel Atom CPUs, Phoenix OS runs on almost any PC built in the past five years. It utilizes the code from Android-x86 and the grub4dos boot management tool.
However, there are two versions of Phoenix OS, One is a standard ISO, available in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors and ready to be installed. The other is an executable, again available for both instruction sets, that can be run in Windows, making Phoenix OS an app.
10. (RIP) Remix OS
Jide, a Chines developer announced in July 2017 that the Remix OS and the Remix hardware devices will come to a halt with immediate effect.
Although Remix OS can still be downloaded and installed, unless Jide releases the code, it has, sadly, had its day.
Happily, three Android-based desktop projects continue. But if it’s an Android gaming experience you are looking for on your PC.