Android - What is the difference between Remix OS and Phoenix OS?
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According to Phoenix Studio forum (translation) and other sources:
- both are based on Android 5.1 Lollipop,
- both support Legacy BIOS and UEFI boot methods, but sometimes Phoenix OS Legacy mode does not boot, unlike UEFI,
- Remix OS lacks adjustable windows and some of them can only be maximized or minimized,
- Remix OS requires USB 3.0, Phoenix OS only USB 2.0,
- Phoenix OS boots faster,
- Phoenix OS fluency and functionality are better than the Remix OS,
- Phoenix OS 1.0 is 370MB, Remix OS 2.0 is 689 MB, both zipped.
Remix OS 2.0 Launcher:
Phoenix OS 1.0 Launcher:
Images source: Softpedia
Video comparison: http://youtu.be/E6BNcXRyOr4
Add to the above answer; from what I found while testing both OSes:-
- Phoenix OS is now x86 only platform, while Remix is x86/Arm
- Phoenix OS supports window transparency.
- File manager in Phoenix OS makes more sense in use.
- Settings panel of Phoenix OS is more well-organised.
- Phoenix OS still lacks of Ethernet support. (major drawback).
- Phoenix OS doesn't support 2nd screen output (on laptops), while Remix can mirror and allows the main screen to be turned off via laptop's function key.
- Applications running in full-screen (most 3D games) work properly in Remix OS, while those running on Phoenix OS tend to leave space at the bottom (what likely the size of hidden status bar+title bar) and miscalculate the mouse position in Y-axis (title bar height above the actual picture on screen).
My personal verdict so far:-
- If you just need the desktop oriented Android and play games less, choose Phoenix OS.
- If you care more for Android 3D games, choose Remix OS.