Nov 21, 2011
Currently Android OS can be seen on different brands of mobile phones that you can think of. In addition to that, you can also find this mobile platform installed not only on smartphones but on tablets too. Android also became the favorite mobile platform alternative to the defunct WebOS of the HP TouchPad. It was then successfully converted to an Android tablet through the efforts of CyanogenMod team. With all the current success gained by Android it seems that Google’s mission of getting Android installed on any mobile device is already taking in-place slowly but surely. In this post I will introduce to you a new technology by FXI Tech dubbed as ‘any screen computer’ or ‘computer on a stick‘, a small piece of hardware that can turn any display monitor to an Android powered PC. Read on.
In the IT world, change always brings improvements to the techno gears and gadgets that we use every day. And with the introduction of FXI’s Cotton Candy to the public, Android will be soaring to new heights. It will soon begin to occupy not just the smartphone and tablet arena but the standalone TV, set top boxes and even desktops as well. By simply inserting the Cotton Candy into a standalone LCD TV screen, you can turn it into an Android powered computer. On the other hand, if you will plug it into a Windows or Mac computer you will be getting a dual-system running an Android OS in parallel in a separate window. You can then switch back and forth between systems if you need to.
FXI’s Cotton Candy is a tiny computer system squeezed inside a USB key. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU ARM Cortex that is used in many smartphones today similar to the CPU of Samsung’s Galaxy S II. For its video graphics rendering capability, it is backed by a quad-core ARM Mali 400 MP graphics processing unit as well as 1 GB of storage. It can decode MPEG-4, H.264 and other popular video formats and can even display HD graphics on any HDMI capable screen using HDMI connector. For internet connection, it has a built-in WiFi that turns your TV screen into an internet enabled device that allows you to utilize the power of today’s Cloud computing.
Though FXI’s Cotton Candy runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), we should take note that it does not comply enough of Google’s requirement to be considered as an official Android device. This means that you cannot access the Android Market and download any APK files from there. But you can try sideloading of course to fill-in the gaps. According to the press release, Cotton Candy will hit the market by the second half of 2012 and will be available to consumers starting at $200.