Console OS is a custom version of Android optimized to run on computers with Intel processors. Don’t have a PC that supports the system requirements? No problem — the developers of the operating system plan to launch a tiny, low-power device that comes with Console OS pre-loaded.
The iConsole micro is a TV stick with an Intel Atom processors and an operating system based on Android 5.0.
The stick will feature a 64-bit quad-core Atom processor, 32GB of storage, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot and an HDMI connector. Just plug it into the HDMI port on your TV, hook up a power cord and you’ve got Android on your TV.
The device should be available this summer for about $129. It was unveiled at Mobile World Congress this week, and the folks at Mobile Geeks interviewed iConsole founder Chris Price about the device.
He says it’ll support Google’s Android TV user interface as well as a Console OS device which can be used as a general-purpose Android device for playing games, surfing the web, managing documents, or just about any other activity.
Note that Console OS currently supports the Amazon Appstore rather than the Google Play Store.
The device has an unlocked,
64 32-bit UEFI bootloader which means that if you want to install Windows, Ubuntu, or other operating systems, there’s nothing stopping you from doing that.