Aug 222012

M96XJB::Released 2012.05, the ~$75 MK802 is one of the more popular & sexy-looking Android computers, shown here with a N5901 (wireless combo keyboard & trackball) costing presently ~$34 extra.

M95GTD:Android (thin computer|PC|Media Player)

  1. M31R7G:Definition

    1. M95K4S: Name, from my most=to-least preferred:

      1. M95JMN:Might be better called an Android thin computer” else “Android micro-desktop computer” since it’s a general Android personal computer minus any built-in display/monitor and where non-volatile memory is generally solid-state/flash, but even the 1st name ranks 5th in Google Searches.
        1. M9FGQD:“thin” I took from “thin client“.
      2. M96WOX:Android computer” would be my 2nd choice but note it ranks a notable 2nd (6.4x less) in Google searches.
      3. M96X9Q:Android PCis super short & cute but redundant as “Android” implies “personal” of “PC” yet notably leads Google Searches by a whopping 6.4x.
      4. M96XIT:Android Mini PC” per the name used on the MK802.
      5. M95KEC:Android set-top computer”” but with displays & monitors now mostly flat, devices now would not generally sit on “top” but most anywhere nearby except in front.
      6. M95K7Y: “Android set-top box” but can do more than a set-top box (as a computer) plus has the “top” problem.
      7. M95K5O:Another popular name is “Android Media Player” which is good because it describes the likely initial use need-for-inventing it (and is the name which came to my head when I independently thought of such a thing) but this name is quite misleading as it can do much more than just be a digital media player or digital media receiver.
    2. M95HDF:Like a Roku or WD TV or similar digital media receiver but with lots more capabilities as a general Android computer (so running >=600,000 apps!) and typically including a wireless keyboard & pointer.

      1. M95HNU: Some now, as the MK802, can even unofficially-run popular Linux distributions as Kubuntu.
      2. M9FFZ9: If one wants to sell content or develop a game or other app, much more likely & sooner to release on iOS & Android than Roku or similar digital media receiver due the much greater popularity.
        1. M9FGAB:So why get a Roku or similar digital media receiver? I see no long-term reason. Instead get an Android thin computer!
    3. M9FGE6:Current retail price from ~$25 to ~$120, average ~$75.

      1. M9FFO3:The notably lowest price for a general purpose computer running popular apps!
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        Raspberry Pi+Android diagram

        M9FOQR:Under alpha-test on 2012.07.31, Android for (Raspberry Pi, a Linux PC) promises a Android computer for just $25! -note it may not come with Android firmware pre-installed.

        adsM9FFK0:$25 if Raspberry Pi is made to run Android which is already in-alpha-test for Android 4.0 as of 2012.07.31.

    4. M9FGER:Popularity

      1. M96WSP:Google Trends(Android PC,Android computer,Android Media Player,Android mini PC,Android thin computer,)

        1. M96X4P:Shows how the names rank (listed from most to least popular), with a strong preference to the 1st leading by 6.4x over the 2nd.
        2. M96X5O:Shows steady strong growth since 2009.
      2. M95HAK: Yet another new use of Android which is hot in Asia and likely about to become popular in the US!

    5. M95HB1:What’s it good for? In both home & even office, seemingly inexpensively & easily use it to turn every TV, display, & monitor (not already part of a computer) to have/be ALL 5 of the following (dynamically switchable):

      1. M95HU2:A cable TV receiver with (“DVR”, specifically PVR-client), replacing your cable-box -what 1st got me into it.

      2. M95HJE:a general digital media receiver/player for both your LAN (as a SMB/CIFS client) plus Web (as YouTube & NetFlix).

      3. M95HLP:a web browser, ideally even a full-featured one as Chrome.

      4.  M95HUU:a potentially-all-directional (thin client, so including a re-projector/display & remote operation of (the console=(user output=monitor/screen & speakers)+(user input=keyboard, pointer, &touch)))

        1. M9FI1X:note traditional thin client hardware now sells for ~$200, but here all it should take is a $10 to $0 Android app, and it could be all-directional.
        2. M9FHWT:display and operate one of your devices (as say a laptop or tablet or smartphone) from one of your other devices (as a big TV)
        3. M9FI6V: Also on certain devices (with multi-user OSes as Linux, Mac, & Windows), potentially have multiple simultaneous users including those using it remotely from another device.
        4. M9FI5O: since every device is a potential general computer (thanks to this general-purpose computer client), it can also be a server so be displayed & operated remotely, too!
          1. M9FICU: Notable software includes with sender & receiver software available for most popular OSes
      5. M9FH8C:Increasingly even a video game console

        1. Oyua game console with controller

          M9FO6V:To be released 2013.01, the Oyua game console with controller, featuring Quad-core processor, is at the high-power end of Android computers, & for just $99!

          M9FHH5: Notable example: Ouya is designed for this and includes a quad-core processor but will sell for just $99! It’s to be released 2013.03.

    6. M95IHD:With full-set up, in most cases, could be the sole device (or just it plus 1 other) driving the monitor/display and speakers, as it seemingly could replace common set-top boxes and similar:

      1. M95J2C: by instead getting its content thru the network so replacing:
        1. M95IXP:cable box, DVR, & other recorders per M95HU2
        2. M95IT5:readily physical-media players (as DVD player) as this content also can be gotten via the network
      2. M95ITM:except not likely/soon high-end popular video-game consoles (as XBox 360 with Kenict) as the games nor controllers would not be quickly available for Android and the hardware would probably typically not be fast enough (as for real-time 3D rendering).
    7. M900K0: See comments for additional details including usages.

  2. M31R7R:Some Additional document history, in order:

    1. M95GZE:I create this
      1. M3KNZ6:Why?  Before, instead was:
        1. M95H1C:  Published at Android Media Players with HDMI output (as for controlling a PVR)
        2. M3KOSW:reached my limit when
          1. M95H44: Want to also refer to it as an important player/”receiver” for , separate from a PVR client, making it clear it really deserves its own post.
      2. M3KNXM:by:
        1. M37OOV:on (the most similar recent one= latest version M90Z91, do Copy to a new draft.
        2. M37OP0:then there: give this a new ID & updated content to fit.
    2. M95KUY:reasonably complete so 1st publish
    3. M95LIG:some corrections & added some explanation&links.
    4. M9FETP:As of last version, M96WSP & M95K4S-relevant-sections: added.
    5. M9FEWU:To take advantage of those additions, retitled from q(Android thin computer aka Android Media Player).
    6. M9FH4P: M9FGE6 & M9FGER & M9FH8C:  added; M95HUU: notably explained & extended.
    7. M9FOYQ:M9FO6V & M9FOQR:added.

  2 Responses to “Android (thin computer|PC|Media Player)”

  1. The definitive “thin computer”, at least here in the U.S., is the Raspberry Pi . $25 for the base model, $35 for the good one, though neither include a case. I believe the Chinese versions predate the Pi, but the Pi is by far the cheapest.

    • Thanks for your comment 🙂 And I hope you enjoyed the post above.
      Yes, “definitive” if that means least expensive computer running popular software, which it is now. Yes, I was aware of the Raspberry Pi when writing this, and just included a reference in this post.
      *My bet is the key thing is (for its popularity) how will it run it run Android.
      **My guess is the Raspberry Pi emerged as I was first introduced to it at our visit to SCALE10x: developed in the US by the Linux world wanting to make super-cheap Linux computer especially to popularize Linux, say by using Linux as the seemingly-least-expensive Digital Media Receiver and without hiding the Linux as is traditionally done. Clearly this would sell to Linux fans and promote more of them.
      **However it seems it has been at least temporarily eclipsed by the emergence of (these=Android computers) initially developed in Asia.
      ***This would be no surprise as there are many times more people familiar & knowingly-using Android compared to Linux
      ***One might infer the Asians are thinking “what would sell big” vs. the American’s thinking “what would be technically cool”
      ****the “Android PC” was & remains notably more popular than “Raspberry Pi”
      ****finding article “VIA Takes On Raspberry Pi with $49 Android PC” PC Magazine – May 23 2012
      ****seeming leading to:
      ***finding article “Google’s Android 4.0 Being Ported to $25 Raspberry Pi PC” PCWorld – Aug 2 2012
      **So it’s reassuring Android 4.0 is being ported to it as it would be sad to see the lowest price general computer not be potentially widely appreciated.
      **But since Raspberry Pi wasn’t designed for Android in the 1st place, I’m still left wondering if it will perform as well as a hardware designed for Android from the start,
      ***Note Andorid also includes great support for VOIP, GPS, compass, accellerometer, multi-touch, and probably a few more items, at least VOIP would be key for a set-attached box (though Linux has nearly as good support here, too), but there might be something I’m missing
      ***Given the price increase for hardware designed for Android from the start is not much more ($25 to $90, which is not much more given the price of good display/TV can still easily be $150 to $2000 plus another $50 to $500 for good speakers), for your entertainment system at least, it may not be wroth risking the relatively small savings Raspberry Pi provides.