Portable Thumb Drive PCs Headed to Market Starting in July

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Project OpheliaDell is targeting a new demographic with the announcement of the company’s latest endeavor, Project Ophelia. Dell announced its new project back in May, touting plans to bring its USB computer stick to market in July.

The Android based computing device will plug in to a display’s HDMI port and will be able to run applications or access files remotely. The device will reportedly offer Bluetooth capabilities and mainly target a demographic that does the majority of their computing on the Web.

With Dell’s new portable thumb drive PC, any display or television with an HDMI port can be instantly transformed into a smart TV. Dell’s new thumb-sized PC will be available starting in July for $100.

Google Joins the Party

On Friday, reports surface that Google may offer a similar portable device, codenamed “ChromeKey”.

If the search giant is indeed bringing its own thumb-sized variant to market, there are a number of platforms the device could run on. Given the name of the device, it seems likely that ChromeKey would run on Chrome OS, though Google TV and Android (which Dell’s device will run on) are also viable options.

According to Droid Life, an unnamed source has reported that ChromeKey is expected to act as a wireless receiver that will work in conjunction with existing (and future) Google apps on various devices. For example, users would be able to queue up media from their handset and stream it directly to their television or monitor.

With this functionality in mind, the ChromeKey may not even need an operating system, which again is highly plausible given the device’s reported specs. ChromeKey is expected to offer modest specs including; a single core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with 512MB of RAM, 2GB of internal storage, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. With those specs, the PC stick may have issues running Chrome OS or any other platform for that matter but, at its projected $35 price tag, it’s unrealistic to expect much more.

Google has yet to officially announce the ChromeKey, but there certainly is an audience for such a device with so many users turning to mobile devices to watch more and more media.

 

Sources: Droid Life

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