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This Super App Transforms Your Android Into a Full PC

Your Android phone essentially has the guts of a PC, yet its power is trapped inside a small display. An app called Andromium OS promises to deliver a Windows-like experience on the big screen.

Available as part of a public beta through the Google Play store, Andromium OS is designed to work with a mouse and keyboard and TV or monitor. The app won't work with just any phone, though; you'll need a device with a Snapdragon 800 or better processor, at least 2GB of RAM and Android 5.0 or newer.

The external display needs to have a resolution of 1080p. To output your phone's picture, you'll need a Chromecast or Miracast device to stream wirelessly or an external TV or monitor attachment, such as an HDMI link.

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The idea of Andromium OS is to let you surf the web using a desktop-class browser, edit documents and access all of the files and apps on your phone via a desktop-like interface. You'll find a start menu that's similar to Windows, a dock down below that displays the time and battery life, as well as a notifications menu that slides in from the right.

So what about when you're on the go? The folks behind Andromium OS also have a Kickstarter for the Superbook, an 11-inch laptop that you'll be able to plug your phone into.

Available for pre-order now for $109 and scheduled to ship in March, the Superbook features a multi-touch trackpad and full keyboard and promises 8 hours of battery life. There's even a side mount for your phone, so you can clip it to the side of the screen.