Suck, squeeze, bang and blow – four words which may sound crudely descriptive of an enthusiastic get together, but which actually describe how a jet engine works. What’s a jet engine got to do with Android? Well, I’ll tell you – whilst technology has always been on the advance, after the invention of the jet engine the rate at which it was going absolutely took off; and that inexorable pace of innovation and advancement seems to gain even more momentum every day to the point that, if you now go out to buy the very latest, just released smartphone in an actual shop, by the time you’ve paid for it it’ll be out of date.
Take the television, for example. For some people it’ll only seem like five minutes since TVs were generously proportion CRTs that dominated half your lounge and which, if you were lucky, had one SCART connector. Today, of course, they’re super-slim windows of definition sharper than real life, offering access to endless programming eye-bilge, and allowing access to apps galore, email and the internet; if you’re rich enough to own a Smart TV.
Except, of course, thanks to the tenuous and long-winded intro, we know that tech is always chasing to make things both better and cheaper; and rarely does it come cheaper or, erm, betterer than this: the RK3066 Mini PC.
An updated iteration from the people that brought us the MK802, this new mini marvel runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes packing a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortez A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in flash expandable via microSD, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, a full sized USB port, female HDMI, Bluetooth and even a 3.5mm audio out. Simply plug it into your TV, pair up a keyboard and, Bob’s your dad’s brother, you have an instant fully functioning Smart TV… for US $55.
Due to be arriving at stockists within the coming weeks, you just keep going as fast as you like, technology!