Nowadays, most Android phones are more powerful that they are credited for. You can use your smartphone to type notes, for email, to play games, do some image editing and much more. For all purposes and intents, a smartphone is just like a personal computer. It is arguably as powerful as the computers sitting on the desks in offices around the globe.

The increased flexibility and power of Android phones means that we have reached a stage where they can replace our computers. Moreover, the support for the Bluetooth keyboards means that you can comfortably sit at your desk with your smartphone beside you as its contents clearly displayed on the monitor in a Windows 10 style. You can then type the web or do any computer-based task. The phone will still allow you to answer calls.

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Make use of Maru OS

It sounds cool, but the Maru OS have a drawback. One of them is that it is only available for the Nexus 5 phone that is codenamed Hammerhead. If you have this handset, try out Maru. It is very impressive. To use the MaruOS, you will need to download an update.zip file if you have installed a custom recovery or download a desktop installer (options for Windows, MacOS, and Linux are available.

Get started with the desktop installer

If you want to install a new version of Android OS on your smartphone, you are probably using the custom recovery. However, if you prefer using the desktop installer, it is pretty simple and straightforward.

Download the correct version and then connect your Android handset via USB. You need to know that your phone’s contents will be wiped, so if you have any files, movies, photos, or songs, you should back these up.

If you are using Windows, activate USB debugging, then download and install Google USB drivers.

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Eventually, go to the download the ZIP, unzip and double click to install it.

For Linux, open the unzipped downloaded file, and then run: ./install.sh

For MacOS, unzip the desktop install and click install. Then select Open.

Use Maru handset as a PC

After you have installed Maru, you should now maximize the productivity. After you’ve restarted your handset and connected it to a HDMI, all you need is the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. You can then start using your Android device as a desktop.

Go to the Settings, and finds Desktop. Hit Dashboard and then swipe the switch on the top to B.

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Maru alternatives

Don’t have a Nexus 5? Don’t worry. There are also other alternatives that work just fine. There are a few Google Play Store applications available on your Android handset. No installers or TWRP recovery are installed here.

Leena Desktop UI

Once you have installed this app, you are ready to run with Leena Desktop UI. This is a desktop-oriented launcher. You will also need a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Once you have connected everything and you are casting the Leena Desktop UI to your monitor or TV, you are good to go.

Andromium OS (Beta)

This solution is only for Beta. However, you can install it and try it via Google Play Store. The usual Miracast dongle is highly recommended for A HDMI TV along with Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

Source: Time

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