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Android For PCs and TVs on USB Stick
 posted  November 20th 2011 at 7:00 AM

Google has made no secret about its plans for Android. Smartphones and tablets are just the beginning ? the company wants Android everywhere. And thanks to FXI Technologies? Cotton Candy USB device, we may not have to wait long to see Android on more than just our mobile devices.

FXI essentially built an ultra-lean computer inside a small USB stick. Stick it into any device that supports USB storage, and Cotton Candy will register as a USB drive. From there, you can run the Android OS in a secure environment inside your desktop, courtesy of a Windows/OSX/Linux-compatible virtualization client embedded in the device.

Stick Cotton Candy into a computer, and Android will appear in a virtualized window on your desktop. But get this: The USB key also features an HDMI connector. This way, you can connect the stick to your TV and use Android on the big screen (though you?ll need some kind of secondary input device, like a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard combo, to get anything done.)

Cotton Candy is far more than just Android on a stick. Under its Hot Wheels-sized hood, the device sports a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9-based processor (the same basic processor architecture you?ll find in the fastest chips from Apple and Nvidia), as well as ARM?s quad-core Mali GPU and 1GB of RAM. It?s an impressive laundry list of specs, and seems more than capable of fueling Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, the version of the OS that comes on the device.

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