Turn Your Phone Into Work Computer and Family Game Console
Andromium will democratize desktop computing - unleash the full potential of your smartphone. Turn it into a computer!
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Today’s smartphones have power.
A lot of power.
The Snapdragon CPU inside many of your devices is faster than the number one supercomputer in the world in 1996! And it could be just sitting idly in your pocket right now, as you browse Kickstarter on a clunky desktop computer.
However, while smartphones have become incredibly powerful, they still lack the functionality of a desktop.
… That’s why we built Andromium.
Our mission is to democratize the desktop: making it affordable and highly accessible.
Andromium seamlessly turns your Android device into a desktop computer. It’s affordable, and devilishly easy to use; simply install the app, and plug your phone into the dock.
The Andromium dock embodies sleek, clean design. It’s a combination of the best aesthetics: beautiful, ergonomic, and pleasing to use. We built the Andromium dock with you in mind. We included three full-sized USB ports for all the accessories you would need on a desktop computer, including gaming devices. We’ve also integrated a port for a power cord, so your phone is always charged.
We specifically designed the dock with portability in mind. We’ve given it a light, durable, travel friendly design with a flip cover to protect it during transport. On top of this, the dock has been designed so to fit your device without having to remove its slim, protective case.
And Andromium comes in any color. So long as it’s white.
(We’re incorporating new colors as stretch goals!)
Much of Andromium’s appeal is its software. Gordon – previously a Senior Engineer at Google – left the company to pursue his dream of making handheld desktops a reality. He built an incredibly sophisticated Android application and complete Operating System, that has turned this dream a reality. The Andromium OS works in synergy with the dock to turn your phone into a full-fledged desktop computer.
The application integrates seamlessly with your phone, and can be entered and exited simply. While in desktop mode, your phone can still receive calls, text messages and push notifications - so you keep its complete original functionality.
The User Interface is receiving a completely updated redesign to make it even friendlier. We’ve built out all the functionality, and we’re ecstatic with how it works. We’ve teamed up with some of the best User Interface and User Experience designers in the industry to take Andromium’s aesthetics up to the quality of its performance. Adopting the best elements of Windows 7 and OSX UI paradigms, we’re creating a sleek, intuitive experience that highlights Andromium’s functionality and power.
Why Andromium is perfect for you:
In our modern world, many people own multiple computers. It’s not uncommon for someone to have a work laptop, a home desktop, a home entertainment system, and a smartphone. Up until now, this may have been necessary. However, with the power of Andromium, everything changes.
You can now watch movies, edit spreadsheets, create PowerPoints, and do your work, all from your phone! And, you can do all of this without sacrificing the efficiency and usability of a full screen desktop interface, or wasting money on buying extra computing hardware. As the power of smartphones evolve, the home is evolving with it.
“With the power of Andromium, everything changes”.'
What you can do on Andromium:
Andromium turns your smartphone into a personal desktop computer. No catch. Play your favorite games with friends – Super Smash Bros, GTA, or Legend of Zelda. We can’t promise Andromium will get you past the water temple in OOT, but it will certainly allow you to try.
Make your work entirely mobile. Any time, anywhere there’s a TV/Monitor and your smartphone, you have your entire desktop, OS, and files there with you. Create, edit, or collaborate using all of the programs of the Office suite. Andromium is optimized to allow you to use powerful and sophisticated programs without a worry, and without the limitations of a five inch screen.
Devices compatible with Andromium:
Andromium is designed for the most popular series in Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy. It works with both the Galaxy S and Note series (S3 - 2GB RAM version, S4, Note2, Note3, Note4). Currently S5 does not fit in the dock due to the USB port cover, but rest assured - we are supporting S5 also, via Chromecast.
Update (12/20/2014): To our backers, we heard you! We are expending our supported devices list: HTC One M8, LG N5/G3, Motorola Nexus 6, and One Plus One will be supported via Chromecast (see http://andromiumos.blogspot.com/2014/12/andromium-os-chromecast-nexus-6-support.html for more information on Chromecast support). We are also in the process of designing a new docking station for LG N4, HTC One M7 phones that can also be used for the devices listed above. (We are designing a new docking station because Samsung HTC/LG/Moto devices all uses different and incompatible USB video-out connectors, so 2 new dock design is required). Andromium OS will be Chromecast ready for our Late Jan 2015 Andromium OS Playstore release. We are targeting summer 2015 (July timeframe) to ship out the new docking stations for the LG and HTC devices, for user who want to use docking station instead of Chromecast.
In part, Andromium is built on the legacy of Motorola’s ‘Webtop’, and Ubuntu Edge. However, these projects were heavily governed by brand exclusivity, and non-modular software; meaning they would likely only ever be compatible with the specific device they were built for. Unlike these projects, our dream at Andromium is to develop this hybrid platform and make it ubiquitous, bringing it to as many models of Android smartphones as possible. We want to provide the option of a portable desktop from your smartphone, while still allowing users to choose their favorite phone. We want to break down the asymmetries between technological access in the developing and developed world, and the best place to start is maximizing compatibility.
Internet is the great equalizer of the modern world.
Our driving motivation and key medium term goal is to bring Andromium to developing nations where it can have the largest impact. This year, an estimated 224 million smartphones were sold in India alone. 92% of those sales were made to people who had never owned any computing devices before. Due to their relatively low cost, broad distribution and multi-purpose functionality, smartphones have proliferated throughout the developing world at rates much faster than traditional computers.
Most families in these nations share a single entry level smartphone for their internet access. Their children are at an educational disadvantage. We want to empower those families to access a higher grade of technological opportunity at marginal costs. By making it possible for families to hook up their device to existing TVs, Andromium unlocks the full power of the Internet, computers and the opportunities these provide.
We hope we can extend this equality to families, providing them with access to powerful platforms to work, learn and play; natural extensions of desktop computing that the developed world takes for granted. We want to empower the billions of people who will own entry-level smartphones to access a higher grade of technological access at marginal costs.
Gordon has over 12 years of software development experience. With a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Georgetown University, Gordon has the technical and business acumen to make Andromium a success. Before leaving to start Andromium, he was a Senior Engineer at Google, developing their global payment security and monitoring system. This is on top of being part of their Tier 3 Crisis Support team, where he helped handle emergency payment errors, and even combat malicious fraud. Unlocking the power of the smartphone is Gordon’s passion. As the Head Developer of the Andromium project, he has realized the potential of the hardware we take for granted. Drawing on his years of experience at the top of his field, he has created a powerful OS application, and is excited to release his work to the world.
Meet Alejandro Zuccolillo, our Director of Communication and Design. Graduating Cum Laude in Business Administration from Lynn University, Boca Raton, and with an extensive personal background in angel investment and entrepreneurship, he brings a wealth of clinical expertise and passion to Andromium. He has spent years doing philanthropic work with public schools in the Favelas of Paraguay, his home country, where he helped improve school infrastructure and taught English to students. These experiences cemented his belief in the capacity for Andromium to upskill and empower youth education and employment opportunities in developing nations. He believes Andromium could democratize the desktop, enfranchising his students – and many more - into the global economy.
Lydia is our Director of Marketing, and is bringing Andromium to the world. She founded her own marketing company, PrivateLabel Interactive, at the beginning of 2001. The mission has been to empower organisations, for profit and non-profit with smart online marketing to build engaged communities. She has managed sales and marketing and business development for entrepreneurial ventures in diverse business verticals, both in the US and internationally that provides broad-based insights. Silicon Valley’s start-up environment shaped her unique marketing perspective and we are ecstatic to have someone with her experience on our team, ensuring the power of Andromium reaches as many people as possible.
As requested by few supports, we have included a video to provide a more details look of the Andromium Platform as well as OS walkthrough
Risks and challenges
In terms of hardware, the Andromium device is already built and completely functional. We are counting on your support to enable production on a larger scale.
Our software and UI are presently ready for Andromium users. We need your financial support to continue developing new apps and functionalities on the OS, to ensure that you have a complete suite of entertainment and productivity software. Once we’ve launched, we look forward to working with more developers as they create applications for the platform. We’ve created this powerful OS and we’re really excited to see what people can build on it.
We’ve worked hard, and we’ve been cautious to not release this project for funding prematurely. Our meticulous attention to the technical aspects of this project, extensive testing, and knowledge of the entrepreneurial process have allowed us to minimize risks and prepare for inevitable challenges.
We hope you’ll share in our excitement, our mission, and support Andromium in any way you feel appropriate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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