Maru OS Review - A full desktop PC in a phone!

Maru OS Review – A full desktop PC in a phone!



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In the episode we take a look at Maru OS, a version of Android which is capable of launching a full linux desktop on an external monitor.

Maru OS:

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every year mobile devices get more and more powerful the phone in my pocket is almost as powerful as my laptop was just a few years ago so with that in mind how long until we completely replace our home PCs and laptops with the devices in our pocket this is did you not and in this episode we'll be taking a look at Meru os a project that's attempting to solve just that question imagine an Android device that when attached to a few peripherals became your entire PC experience this is Meru OS a brand new project that does exactly that after flashing the image you're greeted with a very vanilla Android lollipop experience no major modifications here but the real magic is when you attach an external monitor within seconds Meru OS boots up Debian Linux now pair that with a keyboard and mouse and you have an impressive desktop experience there are a few other projects that are attempting to solve this same problem Microsoft's continuum for example is a project that will adapt a Windows Phone into a desktop esque experience although the windows lineup of arm supported apps is arguably lacking the aboon to phone OS is another example where a boon to is trying to adapt the unity desktop to a number of different screen sizes something that they're calling convergence it's a super interesting project but if you're an Android user Marilla West is incredibly interesting for many professionals around the world the Linux desktop environment is a go-to for getting real work done it excels at everything from simple tasks such as browsing the internet using Google Chrome or Firefox maybe doing some word processing to more complicated tasks like developing code or running a local server and database ok so let's talk for a second about where Maru OS falls a little short the project is brand new and currently it's only supported on the Nexus 5 which is of course very old hardware I can imagine that the desktop experience would work a lot better and a lot smoother on newer hardware although one was pleasantly surprised that apps like blender and GIMP even ran and were actually quite functional it is still noticeably quite slow and again that could be due to the old hardware that's running on so it's not really anything to be too surprised about this project is about to go open-source and when it does I can imagine that we'll start to see support for all sorts of different phones so if you're brave and you want to check this thing out go ahead download it flash it to your Nexus 5 let me know what you think in the comments this episode is brought to you by traction guest the first office sign-in application developed with data collection security and integration at the forefront traction guest your experience starts here

43 Replies to “Maru OS Review – A full desktop PC in a phone!”

  1. denvera1g1

    wiat about the atom/CoreM based windows phones? those are technically capable of running all x86 apps and programs

  2. markusiak1

    Phones will never be as powerfull as desktops. Limitation is heat 🙂
    But i love the concept, linux desktop! Debian desktop ;P
    Nice, when you are travelling.

  3. Borgy Manotoy

    Cool! I just hope MaruOS could run apache2 or tomcat, mysql, and eclipse/intellij real soon. Specially on phones with atleast 3GB RAM. I think that day is near ^_^

  4. Danilo Jr.

    Maru OS is now available to Android M 6.0. my Nexus is rooted and unlocked bootloader, so can I flash the maru zip right from twrp?

  5. Brock

    anybody figure out how to get apps on it from online? can put personal apps on from android studio, but i would lie to get apps seen on the playstore

  6. Vladyslav Kushney

    with few phones I will be able to run some application servers, database server, load balancer? Cloud in my pocket!

  7. Matoro Zeliph

    I wonder when Remix OS can do the very same thing? Maru can be a hassle in having 2 different OS's – because of the Android apps being different from the Debian apps. I don't know, but that's just me.

  8. Nemanja Ilić

    How much RAM does the Debian see? I heard that it was somewhere around 512MB. Also, can you access the phone trough Debian?

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