Orange Pi OS – An Android-based desktop operating system with the look and feel of Windows 11

Orange Pi board maker Shenzhen Xunlong Software has officially announced the release of Android-based Orange Pi OS with a Windows 11-style desktop which we are told can also be changed to the look and feel of macOS, and offering features typically found in desktop operating systems such as multi-window support.

I understand that the current version of the OS works on the Orange Pi 800 PC keyboard and the Orange Pi 5 SBC should also be supported once soon. We are told that Orange Pi OS is based on Android 12, but this may be a mistake as I don’t know of an Android 12 SDK for the Rockchip RK3399 processor. The company plans to release an Arch Linux Arm version called Orange Pi OS (Arch) as well as an Open Harmony variant called Orange Pi OS (OH) next year.

Orange Pi OS Highlights:

The company explains that the goal of the operating system is to make it more suitable for desktop use cases, especially for users already familiar with Windows 11 (or macOS in the future), while taking advantage of the wide range of applications available for Android.

The company has a dedicated product page, but it lacks details. As far as I know, the only way to try Orange Pi OS at the moment is to get an Orange Pi 800 keyboard PC. The OS image can be found on the download page of the OS website company.

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