14 March 2019
If you are one of those tech enthusiasts who dream about using smartphones like a PC when connected with an external display, there is good news you would like to hear. The team behind open source Maru OS project has finally released its latest version with support for modern devices to help bring that dream one step closer to become a reality.
With Maru OS 0.6 "Okinawa", the team is hoping to reach even more devices than previous releases. This is the reason that the latest ROM is based on LineageOS instead of AOSP and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. It means the majority of the modern Android devices should not be having any problems in running Maru OS. As for the desktop side of things, the team has upgraded the GNU/Linux software from Debian 8 Jessie to Debian 9 Stretch.
These are usually expected upgrades but the biggest Maru OS 0.6 change is support for Chromecast. It eliminates the need for being reliant on HDMI for connecting an external display. It will allow users to connect an external display wirelessly with the help of wireless desktop streaming. Once Chromecast connection between the smartphone and the monitor is established, the desktop environment should start working within a few seconds.
Interestingly, some users have reported that even Miracast adapters are working fine with the newest version. It means even though Miracast is not supported officially yet, you can still give it a try if you happen to own such an adapter. Although, the team did ensure that they will be looking into this and will keep updating compatibility section as and when progress will be made.
Other noteworthy changes include dynamic switching of mice and keyboards input, support for USB keyboard and mice via OTG, and improved performance. If you are interested and would like to try Maru OS 0.6, click the source link below to check all the information in detail and a step-by-step installation guide.