Fancy – A Single Box Running Chrome OS, Ubuntu, and Android TV

Android TV is a great platform for consuming media, but it wasn’t designed for advanced development or web browsing. What if you had one device that could do it all? That’s the idea behind a new device called Fancy.

I wanted Fancy to be the jack of all trades. I wanted to create a computer ‘to fit your mood.’ After a long day, watch Netflix on Android TV, or if you need to be focused while working switch to using Chromium OS, and, if you want to tinker, use Ubuntu,

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With 4GB of RAM and a 2 GHz x86 processor, it’s no slouch. Plus, the computer comes with Android TV 6.0, Chrome OS, and Ubuntu, allowing you to boot into whichever makes the most sense at the time. It has two USB 3 ports, HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, a gigabit ethernet port, and Bluetooth. It’s a powerful box, assuming it does what it claims. This box is seemingly available now on their store for $225.

The project was made in part by Dylan Callahan, who is part of Chromium OS for SBC. Their job is putting Chromium OS on single-board computers, like the Raspberry Pi. Fancy is a bit of a different project, but definitely seems to an interesting addition to the Android TV platform. It’s not immediately clear whether this is full Android TV or just Android with a custom launcher on top. It shouldn’t matter too much as long as users get the same apps and Leanback experience, but we’ll keep you posted.

Update: Developer Dylan has stated he compiled this from the Android TV source and that cast support should be available soon.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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