The AMIDuOS Story: Bringing the Android Experience to Windows Platforms
People familiar with American Megatrends know that nearly all of our products and solutions are developed and marketed to computer and technology manufacturers, known in our industry as OEMs and ODMs (side note: if you'd like to better familiarize yourself with what an technology OEM or ODM is, check out this great post on the topic: "What's the difference between an OEM and an ODM?"). The vast majority of AMI products are incorporated into computing platforms such as servers, notebook and desktop computers and tablet devices to incorporate technology features that add value and differentiation by boosting performance, security, functionality and the like.
From this perspective, it might seem somewhat out of character for AMI to develop and market products that are sold directly to users (B2C, or "business to comsumer"), but a few examples have existed over the years. Currently we have one such product in the AMI product family with this distinction, a software product called AMIDuOS®. So in today's post, we are going to share its story - what it is, how it came to market, and how it has been received so far.
To better understand AMIDuOS and how it operates, consider the following questions: Have you ever wished you could have a seamless experience from your mobile device to the notebook or tablet that you use? Have you been frustrated by the fact that some of your faviorite mobile apps or games aren't available to use on your computer?
AMIDuOS is a software product that basically enables the above, albeit with some limitations. Marketing materials for AMIDuOS state that it "brings the fun and functionality of the Android operating system to Windows platforms". Speaking in somewhat more technical terms, AMIDuOS is a type of software known as an emulator, meaning that it mimics the operation of an mobile device, essentially creating a virtual one within the Windows system, in order for the Android operating system to function properly as it would on a phone or tablet.
Because it presents a virtual mobile device to the Android OS, many interesting and useful features are opened up as a result. AMIDuOS can access the camera, microphone, speakers and all of the peripheral components of the host Windows computer. For Windows tablets like the Microsoft Surface line, all of the touch controls and sensors that control movement are accessible, so Android can now be used on a Windows tablet the same way it would be on one running Android.
As such, AMIDuOS has some neat and useful features that lets users make the most of their Windows devices. One of its most exciting capabilities is how it allows users to switch quickly and easily between Windows and Android, without having to shut one down or reboot the computer in order to do so. Users can also pin Android apps directly to the Start menu in Windows, and launch them directly as they would with any Windows application. Files can be shared between the two environments, so pictures, music, and movies can be used in both as well.
We could talk more about the details and functionality of AMIDuOS, but really, the best way to learn about it and see what it's capable of is to use it. Fortunately, we offer free 30-day trials of the software directly from the AMIDuOS website. To see if your Windows device is compatible with AMIDuOS, check the System Requirements list here: In our experience, we have found that most Windows 7, 8 or 10 notebooks, tablets and desktops are compatible with the software.
We are very proud of this product, and the industry definitely took note of it when it was introduced in early 2015. We took AMIDuOS to Barcelona, Spain to the Mobile World Congress in 2015 as part of the product launch, where it won a "Best in Show" award and garnered excellent reviews from many leading technology publications and websites. Moreover, customers around the world have also embraced AMIDuOS; it currently has been installed over a quarter million times in the two years it has been in the market and shows no sign of slowing down.
More importantly, the experience of developing, launching and supporting a B2C product has been a great learning experience for AMI as a company, challenging us to step outside of our comfort zone, to learn from our mistakes and to grow our skills in new directions. As we all know, these are key life lessons - whether applied to an individual or to an organization - and we truly believe that they have made us into a stronger company as a result!
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