Make your PC as secure as Android! Then carry it in your pocket as a USB

USB key with CPU, GPU turns into pocket Android on the fly; running virtual Android apps on Windows

Given the popularity of Android with malware writers – not to mention the alarming tone of blogs fretting about its total lack of digital security and the increasing likelihood it will not only publish all your secrets on the blogs of your enemies but undermine the relationships with those you hold most dear, insulting and driving them away so that, when it ultimately bursts into flames and explodes in your hands, none will be left to care about the bloody, shocked mass it leaves behind because your smartphone will already have driven off all your intimates – it's hard to believe people might want to run it on their PCs.

Still, they do, and FXI Technologies has a cool way to let them do it.

Working from the assumption that you'd rather carry your data than your laptop, FXI built a USB device code-named "Cotton Candy" that is almost a whole system on a stick.

The versatile USB stick has separate CPU and GPUs, both from ARM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an HDMI output port, and a version of Android 2.3 able to run on what is normally an unpowered memory stick.

Plug it into the USB port on any computer and it uses the GPU to display its Android UI on the screen, USB interfaces to connect with the keyboard and mouse and access to your data via the Internet connection on the machine or through WiFi directly from the USB.

FXI calls the approach AnyScreen Connected Computing. It's designed to let you carry your interface around with you, access all your data through the cloud, but not make you run any of your passwords or data through the memory and hard drive of a borrowed or public computer.

All your personal stuff says safe and secure on the USB stick. In the bulletproof grasp of Android.

It's still in beta and won't be available in volume until the second half of next year.

FXI hasn't said what it will cost, except that it will be less than $200.

If the promise of someday running Android on a PC through an expensive USB doesn't thrill, try running Android apps right on your PC using the BlueStacks app player.

The AppPlayer emulates non-Windows operating systems by running on top of Windows and lying as hard as it can to applications looking for the hooks of other OSes.

It's still in alpha, but downloadable free here.

TheVerge has step-by-step instructions for getting your Windows 7 desktop running full-screen Android apps.

And to think you spent all that time worrying about how insecure Windows is!

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