The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC is a tiny computer that sells for around $80 or less. It runs Google Android 4.0 and features a USB port and HDMI port so you can plug in peripherals including a monitor, mouse, or keyboard.
But it doesn’t currently support all USB peripherals. For instance, if you’re running the software that comes with the MK802 you can’t plug in a USB camera or USB Ethernet adapter… yet.
The folks at Rikomagic UK have been in touch with their counterparts in China, and it looks like the next software update for the MK802 will add support for both of those things.
Rikomagic also plans to offer the ability to change screen resolutions, although it’s not clear yet if that means the software update will enable 1080p HD support. Right now the stock Android 4.0 software for the MK802 only seems to support 720p output.
The Chinese manufacturer added a firmware downloads section to its website this weekend. But despite the 6/29/2012 date for the most recent recovery image, the new software isn’t available yet. Rikomagic UK reports it should be released in mid-July, on or around the 17th.
While it’s good to know that the manufacturer is working to improve the software experience, there are other options. It’s already possible to run Ubuntu, Fedora, or Puppy Linux on the MK802. Those operating systems also support 1080p display resolutions.
I also suspect we’ll start to see custom versions of Android for the MK802 soon. Independent developers have already figured out how to build custom disk images that you can flash to the MK802’s internal storage using the LiveSuit utility.