Last month Google’s Andy Rubin had a chance to talk at AsiaD on topics covering Android, its future, competition and tablets. As obvious the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich was the heart of discussion but within that discussion Rubin mentioned that he wanted to see Android on every screen. Guess what Andy Rubin’s wish has been granted…lucky Him!! Android on every screen is going to be possible very soon even with screens not designed to run Android.
FXI Technologies showed off a little gadget code recently, named as “Cotton Candy” that can run Android on any screen. It weighs 28 grams only the same as a cotton candy bag. The device is just about the size of an USB flash drive but do not get swayed by its dimensions as it comes inbuilt with some great specs and awesome potential. Cotton Candy features a dual core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, HDMI-out, USB 2.0 connector, microSD card slot and 802.11n WiFi. It can even play 1080p video so it’s a small thing with big package.
This device has the potential to work with any screen since it is packed with all the components you need for computing. You can connect it to your computer through USB Cable and a smart program would allow you to run Cotton Candy’s system in it. You can also plug it to an HDTV via HDMI and use its Bluetooth for connecting a mouse, keyboard or tablet or use its USB port for power. It pushes the flexibility limit to maximum heights as it can work with both Windows and OSX. You could install Ubuntu Linux as well as ARM version of Windows 8. To add on to its exclusiveness, Ljosland, CEO Borgar also mentioned that Cotton Candy will be able to run on smartphones, tablets and set top boxes through both USB and Bluetooth.
There are endless possibilities that this device offers. A device like this gives computing a whole new different dimension. You can simply substitute this little thing in place of computers and schools and businesses could set up monitors. The organization or company would be able to save expenses on PC components while users can carry all their information with them anywhere. It’s always comforting to see your own files, wallpapers, icons etc and now this set up would be available on any screen. You can even modify Cotton Candy into a mobile file or web server.
Cotton Candy seems to be quite the package for such a small gadget. The current device is designed to run on Android 2.3 but there are no limitations to the OS. FXI Technologies will offer this product to developers and allow manufacturers to take care of the business hence the device is not expected to hit the market as for now. Every great thing comes with a price and FXI is expecting the device to cost less than 200$.