If you can’t remember already, we talked about Maru OS here and here, and it basically wants to make your device your desktop as well. That is not by any stretch of imagination a new idea. The seed of this idea is also the one propelling Jide Technology and their Remix OS, and to a smaller extent Chrome OS. What sets Maru OS apart is that once you connect your device to a display via HDMI, it gives you a fully usable desktop OS in Debian Linux, complete with mouse and keyboard support.


Now, Maru OS is bumping up the level to version 0.3, which brings the base Android OS to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow from the earlier Lollipop version (5.1.1). Of course, there are a lot of improvements with Marshmallow – of those the notable ones are better power management, granular app permissions, and more security patches.


The update also brings new features such as “enhanced resolution matching” for improved support of displays which do natively have 1080p resolution. But the best promise probably is that Maru OS in Marshmallow is easier to port to other devices. For the longest time, Maru OS has been confined to the Nexus 5, itself an old device by today’s standards.


Checking their development thread, a lot of ports for other devices – the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, etc. – are still in the planning stages. The good news is that ports for the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 variants), and the Xperia Z3 are now in development – and that can only mean good things for Maru OS.