There’ve been a number of attempts over the years to make Google Android feel more like Windows by adding support for running apps in resizeable windows or adding a taskbar and Metro-inspired color scheme.
Now Chinese chip maker Rockchip has launched a new solution. It’s called Light Work OS, and it’s a custom version of Android 5.1 that features a Start Menu, taskbar, and support for running apps in windows that can be positioned anywhere on the screen.
The first tablet to feature Light Work OS will reportedly be a custom version of the Pipo P9 tablet with a Rockchip RK3288 processor, a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
The move comes at a time when low-cost Windows tablets with Intel Atom chips are competing with Android tablets featuring ARM-based processors. So it’s possible Rockchip tablets featuring it’s ARM-based chips more attractive by providing Windows-like features.
Of course, most Android apps weren’t designed to be used in this way. Some companies are trying to turn Android into a desktop-style OS, but while there are Android versions of popular Windows apps like Office, Photoshop, and VLC, they don’t necessarily behave the way Windows versions would.
Still, it’s interesting to see what can be done with Google’s open-source operating system that was originally designed exclusively for smartphones.
Oh yeah, and if you don’t like the Light Work OS experience, you can disable it: The Pipo P9 tablet will apparently have an option to use the stock Android Lollipop user interface.
via Mike Cane