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Android "desktop" using cheap budget smartphone with Chromecast or Miracast usable?

not_crispy 519 212 January 30, 2016 at 09:23 PM
Goal:
Android "PC desktop"
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USB keyboard and USB mouse via OTG cable.
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Chromecast or Miracast (I'd prefer to use HDMI, but all the cheap devices lack it.)

720p resolution is perfectly fine.
Slight lag is perfectly fine.
Plugged in 24/7 is perfectly fine.


Prepaid smartphones are getting ridiculously cheap for the specs they offer. I was looking to setup a desktop of sorts using one. Am I just wasting my time? I'm okay with a little lag.

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why not just buy a refurb nexus player?
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why not just buy a refurb nexus player?
I've had terrible results with Intel and android. I would prefer to stick to ARM.
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I don't think this is really a good idea, but if you can use HDMI instead of Miracast / Chromecast it will probably suck a lot less. Have you looked at any of the HDMI Android sticks?
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Maybe you should also consider a Raspberry Pi & you could still install KODI.
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Maybe you should also consider a Raspberry Pi & you could still install KODI.
Need android for this purpose. Frown
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I don't think this is really a good idea, but if you can use HDMI instead of Miracast / Chromecast it will probably suck a lot less. Have you looked at any of the HDMI Android sticks?
Is there any American based sticks? All I see is chinese sticks from stores that import from China. I would want an easy return process if it came defective.


Anyone have experience running http://www.android-x86.org/ on cheap PC hardware?
Chromebox/chromebook running android-x86?
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Need android for this purpose. Frown
OK CNET [cnet.com] Version 4 is near release.
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OK CNET [cnet.com] Version 4 is near release.
http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/w...7152.shtml

5.1/6.0 work but as you can see in the video, the GPU is not fully supported and may never be.
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Android isn't that great of a 'desktop' os.

Get a 2nd gen intel compute stick with windows already installed $109:
http://www.intel.com/buy/us/en/pr...wfc-472486

If needed, run android software within windows via bluestacks
http://www.bluestacks.com/
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Android isn't that great of a 'desktop' os.

Get a 2nd gen intel compute stick with windows already installed $109:
http://www.intel.com/buy/us/en/pr...wfc-472486

If needed, run android software within windows via bluestacks
http://www.bluestacks.com/
When I said "PC" I really meant only a consumption device with very little usage. This will mostly be used to display calendar widgets, alarms, with occasional video/web surfing. This also has to be easy to use and virus/malware free as must as possible. Windows just doesn't work for what I am trying to set up.
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Quote from not_crispy View Post :
When I said "PC" I really meant only a consumption device with very little usage. This will mostly be used to display calendar widgets, alarms, with occasional video/web surfing. This also has to be easy to use and virus/malware free as must as possible. Windows just doesn't work for what I am trying to set up.
Get a Android box on Amazon, Ebay? It's around $50. A $50 Android phone can't do it.
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Get a Android box on Amazon, Ebay? It's around $50. A $50 Android phone can't do it.
I think everyone is right. Picked up a chromecast and this thing is for the birds. Screen mirroring appears to be too "hacky" of a solution.

Any android box that is the "best?" Prefer something made/supported by an West/English speaking company and offers 5.1/6.0 support. CM or ASOP support is also a plus.

http://www.pine64.com

I also saw the above, is this worth waiting for release?
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I think everyone is right. Picked up a chromecast and this thing is for the birds. Screen mirroring appears to be too "hacky" of a solution.

Any android box that is the "best?" Prefer something made/supported by an West/English speaking company and offers 5.1/6.0 support. CM or ASOP support is also a plus.

http://www.pine64.com

I also saw the above, is this worth waiting for release?
I recall seeing that and I have serious doubts that it will release at that price. Even if it hits $50 it will still be a hard sale given the competition.

Didn't catch the discussion above, but the casting lag is more than you may think. I highly suggest getting HDMI somehow. Used phone and Bluetooth keyboard/mouse with HDMI out would be the simplest I could think of that doesn't require compromise on quality.
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