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Android marshmallow and the future of mini pc's
October 11, 2015
2:05 am
Nac2m

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Hello everyone. I wanted to share my thoughts on Android 6.0 and what it may mean for the mini pc world. I think the most important new feature is being able to format sd cards to be read as internal storage. This is huge. Not only does this greatly improve the storage limitations of mobile devices, but it also is game changing for mini pc's. This basically means that you can mount an SD card as a hdd without write restrictions. All of you who have used KitKat and below know how much of a pain those restrictions can be.
Custom OS environments are also showing great promise. The Remix OS, for example, is looking very nice. It's an android- based OS that allows multiple and scalable windows for multitasking. Their goal is to make a mini pc a viable alternative to a full desktop. Their latest build is based on lollipop 5.0, so they keep it pretty current.
So, if I had the opportunity and know-how to design a next gen mini pc, here's what I would do. I'd start with a 64 bit quad core (I know 8 cores are out now, but I want to keep price in mind). I'd have an 8 GB nand, 2 GB RAM, 2 sdhc (or possibly even sdxc) card readers, HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and between 2 and 4 USB ports. I'd also have either Marshmallow or a Marshmallow-based OS.
With the 2 card readers, the first would be for an SD mounted as internal storage, and the second would be for a standard removable SD. This would dramatically increase the storage capabilities. The OS could be set up as a desktop environment. You would have a small, powerful, flexible, efficient, user-friendly pc for about $80 US. I think this is a completely realistic price point, and I think it would only take a few months to allow manufacturers to configure the OS to their devices. I'm very excited about Marshmallow and what it means for the mini pc.

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