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Dell Takes On Pocketable Computing With The Project Ophelia Android Dongle

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    Dell takes on pocketable computing with the Project Ophelia Android dongle | Chips | Geek.com (click for full article)

    Jan. 9, 2013 (7:26 am) By: Lee Mathews

    "Dell may have decided to quit building smartphones, but the company isn't finished with Android. At CES 2013, the company is showing off a slick, portable device codenamed Project Ophelia. It's an MHL stick computer - much like the MK802 and innumerable others that followed - that can be plugged into any display with an HDMI input to provide a full-featured computing experience.


    Over the past six months or so, manufacturers have cranked out countless Android-powered HDMI stick computers. They all rely on WiFi for network connectivity, offer at least one USB port for peripheral connections, and many include integrated Bluetooth for connecting to your cordless keyboard and mouse. While Dell's device checks all those boxes, it's a bit different than your run-of-the-mill stick PC with Android.


    As you may have guessed from the Wyse branding on the stick, Dell's pushing a cloud-powered thin-client experience with Project Ophelia. The limited hardware in the dongle is ultimately just a terminal that initiates a remote desktop session with Dell's servers. It's the servers that do all the heavy lifting, from transcoding video to powering through the physics and 3D graphics required to deliver a quality gaming experience.


    It's a great idea for mobile professionals. Instead of traveling with a notebook that could possibly have its screen crushed by someone else's hard-sided luggage in the overhead compartment, the MHL stick puts a complete computing experience right in your pocket. You'll still need to pack a keyboard and mouse or one with an integrated pointing device, of course. And like the MK802 et al, Dell's aiming for a price point below $100."
     
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    Dell Project Ophelia Android TV stick coming this summer for $100 - Liliputing (click for full article)

    by Brad Linder - May 17, 2013

    "Dell is getting ready to be the first big name PC maker (in the West) to release a stick-sized device that you can plug into a TV to turn it into an Android computer. It's called Project Ophelia, and Dell first introduced the concept at CES in January. Now PC World reports that Project Ophelia should be available for purchase this summer for about $100.


    In July Dell will offer the stick to developers. The following month it'll be available to telecoms or cable companies interested in offering it to customers. Individual customers should be able to buy an Ophelia device directly from Dell shortly after that.


    While this is the first device of its type from Dell, Chinese device makers have been offering Android TV sticks for well over a year. We've covered an awful lot of them at Liliputing, and there are even small developer communities writing custom apps and firmware for Android TV sticks. Some models with Allwinner A10 or Rockchip RK3066 processors can also run Ubuntu and other Linux-based operating systems.


    So what is Dell bringing to the tablet that's different?


    First, Project Ophelia will come bundled with Dell's Wyse PocketCloud software which lets you login to a remote desktop or access files from another computer. Second, Project Ophelia has MHL support, which means that if your TV supports MHL, you can plug the stick right into the HDMI port on your television and not only will it use your TV as a display, it will draw power from the television set, so you don't need a separate power source.


    While Dell is targeting consumers and television service providers, Project Ophelia could also work as a thin client solution for businesses looking for an inexpensive alternative to giving each employee a full workstation.


    The Project Ophelia stick includes WiFi and Bluetooth, and according to PC World, Dell is working on some sort of solution that lets you type on your TV (It's not clear if this is a remote control, a physical keyboard, or some other way of navigating with Android's on-screen keyboard).


    Dell's Android stick will ship with access to the Google Play Store and will let users install games, video streaming apps like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and more.


    Dell hasn't yet release specs such as the processor, version of Android, or amount of RAM in Project Ophelia yet. We also don't know the final name yet - I suspect Dell will drop the "Project" at some point.


    If you've been intrigued by the Android TV sticks coming out of China, but you've been wary of buying from a brand you've never heard of such as Rikomagic or Tronsmart, Dell's solution could be an interesting alternative. On the other hand, those Chinese models have come a long way in the past year. I'd take a Tronsmart MK908 with a Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processor over a Google TV set-top-box any day."
     
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