Earlier this year during CES 2013, Dell introduced Project Ophelia (opens in new tab), an Android-powered flash drive about the size of a standard USB stick. It plugs into the HDMI port of any HDTV or monitor, turning it into a makeshift Android-based PC that also provides access to locally-stored files, desktop remote access, and all the apps and media served up on Google Play. It even features Bluetooth so that users can connect a mouse and a keyboard, and Wi-Fi for connecting to the local network.
"Built on Dell Wyse software technology already used on millions of devices, Project Ophelia transforms ordinary displays into a window to entertainment, communications and a person’s own personal cloud," the company said in January. "The product addresses a variety of uses being fueled by the growing need to access cloud-based apps and resources at any time, or whenever a larger screen high definition digital display provides a superb user experience."
The device features 8 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for adding more. Powering this stick-sized PC is an SoC with two Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz, and Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean." That said, don’t expect to use that microSD card slot to shove apps off the main internal storage – Google nuked that App2SD support feature reportedly due to memory issues with Jelly Bean's initial release.
Jeff McNaught, executive director of cloud client computing at Dell, told the IDG News Service that Project Ophelia will ship in July. It was developed to be an inexpensive alternative to tablets and PCs, he said, and comes with Wyse's PocketCloud, which allows users to access files stored on PCs, servers or mobile devices.
"We've done a number of things in the software of the product and outside that will make it interesting," he added.
The first units shipping in July will be for developers that want to write Android apps specifically for Ophelia. Then in August, Dell will release the Android pocket PC to cable companies and telecom providers that may want to offer it in cable packages and data plans. After that, the gadget will be offered to consumers on Dell's website.
The company also plans to pitch Ophelia as a pocket-sized client to the Enterprise sector based on a set of features that will allow IT administrators to manage and secure the device. "We want to make sure when we release the product that it's perfect. The enterprise is one market we understand," McNaught said.
According to the original announcement, Project Ophelia securely connects to Windows desktops and applications running on back-end systems from all leading infrastructure providers including Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. It's also managed by Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager software-as-a-service (SaaS), which can ensure the device is being used by the appropriate person with the right permissions and access to apps and content based on role, department, and location.
a blistering array available here
One of the best available from these guys because they keep updating their software and its rock solid as a result ( i have the apple tv sized X5) http://www.minix.com.hk/Products/AndroidNEODevices.htm
Don't see any difference against any of the others, just that it's got the dell logo and likely better support.
"Project Ophelia securely connects to Windows desktops and applications running on back-end systems from all leading infrastructure providers including Citrix, Microsoft and VMware."
That is not something a cheap chinastick can offer, and with the right apps behind it could make it pretty darn powerful. This is basically the final miniaturization of thin-client workstations (yes, they still sell a TON of those).
Most of the android mini-pc sticks can technically run linux but require a great deal of work to do anything beyond just getting it to boot. So, you would be better off with something like a Beagleboard, Raspberry Pi, or other of the multitude of low power products that have linux communities already. Like I said in my post above, hardware these days is just an inexpensive cobble of chips and solder: a 4-core CPU, 4-core GPU computer can be had for around $50 USD; the presence of good software is what makes it worth actually buying and using (at perhaps a higher price). There is only so much entertainment value in running android and watching bluray rips.
" Securely connect to Windows desktops and applications running on back-end systems from all leading infrastructure providers including Citrix, Microsoft and VMware."
its the SAME hardware china have been churning out for decades , but with the open licence model of android they finally have free and good quality software to run on their OEM hardware. the client software will be the same , i already run a VPN and secure desktop to my main device from my workshop , and fyi almost any android devices can already run this
or if your virtualisation flavor is this
Dell are just re-selling there will be next to nothing new about this device its bandwagon jumping at its finest what it is doing it making them viable for SME level business who source in bulk from dell ultra low cost skinny clients to connect to jump off boxes. with big name brand and big brand support , why buy the better unknown original when you can buy the brand name for twice the price .
Better support? Hardly. Most of the major brands offer crap when it comes to technical support. The IT guy at my firm used to work for Acer and he's got some horror stories, believe me.