Andromium Raises Funds (Kickstarter) To Turn Smartphones Into PCs

Smartphones are increasingly becoming the primary computing devices of many, and nowhere is this trend more prevalent than in India. Traditional PCs are priced far out of the reach of the aam admi, but smartphones as of yet can’t replace the desktop. Or can they?
Andromium Smartphone Desktop Hybrid
One such project trying to bridge the gap between smartphones and PCs is Androimium, which looks to democratize desktop computing. By utilizing the ever increasing processing power of smartphones, the team is working on a way to turn them into PCs, in turn opening up the world of desktop computing to millions.
The team behind Andromium argues that Snapdragon CPUs inside many smartphones today is faster than the best supercomputers we had back in 1996. However, while smartphones have gotten very powerful, they lack the functionality of a desktop – both in terms of the software as well as the hardware.
Here’s where Andromium steps in, turning a smartphone into a desktop by simply installing the app on your device and plugging it into a dock.
On the hardware front, the dock seems like any other multimedia or charging dock for smartphones, but features three full-size USB ports for connecting all the accessories you would need for turning your phone into a desktop. There’s also a port for a power cord so that your phone is always charged.
Most of Andromium’s appeal however is in its software. The team has built an incredibly complex application and a whole OS that makes smartphones handheld desktops. While in desktop mode, a smartphone will be able to receive calls, text messages and push notifications, retaining all its functionality and making sure you don’t lose out.
The user interface itself takes some of the best elements from Windows 7 and OS X, while the team has worked with some of the best UI and UX designers to make Andromium easy to use. Currently the platform is compatible with some of the most popular Android phones, the Samsung Galay S and Note series. (S3 – 2GB RAM version, S4, Note2, Note3, Note4)
Further, the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG N5/G3, Motorola Nexus 6, and One Plus One will be supported via Google’s Chromecast. The team is also actively developing support for other popular Android devices, including previous generation flagships from major manufacturers.
While Andromium is aimed at providing a desktop computing experience to people in developing countries where PCs are out of reach, it also appeals to people who live highly mobile lives. It’s often too arduous a task to lug around a PC, but given the portability of smartphones, Andromium promises you’ll never long for that PC experience anymore.
While we’ve seen other similar projects from giants like Motorola’s Webtop and Ubuntu Edge, Andromium isn’t bound by brand exclusivity and modular software. The goal of the team is to bring the hybrid platform to as many Android smartphones as possible in the near future.
There are however many hurdles the team will face, including providing support for entry-level devices which rule the roost in most developing markets. These devices are equipped with less powerful processors and have several disadvantages when compared to the flagship devices Andromium currently supports.
Then there’s also the hurdle of pricing the package right, while also considering the cost of owning peripheral devices that make turning a smartphone into a desktop. Building more apps and new OS functionalities is of prime importance, which is why the team at Andromium is currently looking to raise funds on Kickstarter, with a goal of reaching $100,000 by January 25. Currently 1,209 backers have pledged $61,416 on Andromium.

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