A Chinese company is currently selling an Android 4.0 running thumb drive that lets you use Android on any of your monitors. This miniscule thumb drive, dubbed the MK802, runs on Android 4.0 and has an Allwinner A10 or a 1GHz Cortex A8 chip with 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, a full sized USB 2.0 port and HDMI as well. It also has a microSD card slot that is expandable up to 32GB and because it is based on the AllWinner A10 chip, it allows users to insert a microSD card with Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution, giving you complete control.
Earlier, we came across a similar product that went by the name of Cotton Candy. Developed by Norwegian Company, FXI Tech, it had a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU with Google’s Android operating system onboard. Connectivity options included Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD card slot. The major difference between this device and the others is that it has a female HDMI port requiring users to plug-in an extra HDMI cord. However, with this new Android thumbstick, all you need now is a display and it can be either an HDTV, or a Mac or Windows PC.
Android on a drive!
As reported, the device is capable of decoding 1080p videos out of the box, so media needs are well taken care of. Along with these devices, we now also have the APC and the Raspberry Pi starting a small contest between the current devices. This device can be purchased out here and the website includes an additional $15 for shipping, bringing the total cost close to Rs.5,000. Keeping in mind the price, it seems like a pretty nifty device, as it can transform virtually every monitor with HDMI into an Android system. The mouse and keyboard accessories need to be purchased separately. There is no remote, either.
What do you think about this new mini computer? Worthy enough to transform your HDTV into a full fledged Android running smart system? Let us know your thoughts and more in the comments section below.
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