Nowadays smartphones have an extremely powerful hardware. So powerful that the most of the users don’t take fully advantage of it. Thinking about this the Gordon Zheng decided to go forward with a project proposal on Kickstarter, the Andromium. Previously a Google engineer, Gordon decided to leave his jog to embrace a project where anyone would always have a computer in their hands, using the smartphone powerful hardware.
The Androdium it’s an application that combined with a Dock that it’s connected to our mobile device, transforms our smartphone in a computer. Yes, this idea will be possible if the project has the necessary financing guaranteed: it has already guaranteed $60.799 in $100.000, and there is only 8 days until the end of the deadline.
The Andromium Dock has a very elegant and simple design, where are included three USB ports so you can connect the necessary accessories to have a Desktop, like keyboards, mouse or even gamepads. Besides, the developer remembered the need of charging our device and because of that there is also a port to connect the power cable.
Besides that, the design was thought so the Dock is very portable: light, durable, with a protective cover to protect it during the transportation. Which means that we are at the presence of a portable computer, easy to carry everywhere.
In order to make the Smartphone and Dock Andromium integration more effective and so it can transform our smartphone into a computer there is an application behind. Gordon had to build an applications and a full Operative System in order to make his project a reality. Inpractice the Andromium OS works with a dock to transform a Smartphone in a complete portable computer.
The application integrates with the Smartphone, and you can easily open and close the app, according to the informations that are given on the project description. Besides that, Gordon managed to develop the application in order to recieve text messages and push notifications even when we are using our Smartphone as a Desktop. Which means that besides to have a Desktop we continue to keep our Smartphone active. In what concerns to the user interface, the Andromium OS it’s the junction between the best features of the biggest two operative systems nowadays: Windows 7 and OSX.
A project to not forget and with a bright future. Actually, how many of us have a desktop, a portable computer and a smartphone? Well, with the Andromium all of this no longer makes sense because we can use our smartphone and make it in a simple computer, watching movies in it, editing files, playing and a lot of other things with sacrifice the efficiency (there already smartphones more powerful than computers), with the possibility to make it in a big screen. And more, as we are evolving our smartphone we are also evolving our computer. For that we just have to have a smartphone and the Andromium install, as a TV or a monitor to connect the Dock.
In compatibility wise, the Andromium also surprises. Initially developed for Galaxy line only (Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note S), Gordon decided to move to support more devices, like the HTC One M8, LG Nexus 5, LG G3, Motorola Nexus 6 and One Plus One. Later devices like Nexus 4 and HTC One M7 can also see their hardware potentialized at the maximum.
However, for now, and because of the different video exit in LG and HTC (comparatively to Samsung) at this moment the dock only works for Samsung, and the other devices will have Chromecast support. What for now it’s a limitation (in what concerns to the hardware that can be connected to the device), will cease to be mid-year with the releasing promise of two more docks for LG and HTC devices.
On the video below it’s possible to see a demo of the project functioning: