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Orange Pi OS arrives to offer Android, Linux and Windows application support for SBCs

Orange Pi OS contains more than a new nods to Windows 11. (Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
Orange Pi OS contains more than a new nods to Windows 11. (Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
Shenzhen Xunlong Software, the company behind Orange Pi, has introduced a desktop OS of the same name. Mistakable for Windows 11, Orange Pi OS can also be customised to resemble macOS but supports Android, Linux and Windows applications. Orange Pi OS is already available to try on the Orange Pi 800, the company’s answer to the Raspberry Pi 400.

While Shenzhen Xunlong Software has released numerous Orange Pi-branded single-board computers (SBCs) over the years, such as the Orange Pi 5 and the Orange Pi 800. However, the company relied on third-party operating systems like Debian and Ubuntu rather than a first-party alternative. Shenzhen Xunlong Software has sought to change this with Orange Pi OS, which ships first in the Orange Pi 5 and is already available to download for the Orange Pi 800.

According to Shenzhen Xunlong Software, it has based Orange Pi OS on Android 12, but Arch Linux ARM and Open Harmony variants should be available in 2023. Despite its origins, Orange Pi OS looks like Shenzhen Xunlong Software set about copying Windows 11, with its File manager and Control Center both facsimiles of the ones that Microsoft now ships in its desktop OS. Similarly, Shenzhen Xunlong Software has integrated classic Windows shortcuts, as well as familiar Settings and Start menus.

With that said, Shenzhen Xunlong Software claims that it will eventually distribute a macOS theme for Orange Pi OS too. Still, basing Orange Pi OS on Android allows it to pre-install the Google Play Store, which gives it a distinct advantage over Windows 11. Presumably, it should be possible to install Orange Pi OS on other SBCs eventually, which would allow a Windows 11-like experience on low-powered hardware like the Rockchip RK3999 found in the Orange Pi 800 or the Rockchip RK3588S in the Orange Pi 5.

(Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
(Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
(Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
(Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
(Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)
(Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-11-29 (Update: 2022-11-29)