CoolShip Android computer in a keyboard is the latest Android-powered computer. But this one is unlike other Android units. It’s not in a USB stick, but in a keyboard with most of the connectivity of a standard desktop or notebook computer.

As non-standard computers come, the CoolShip is unlike others that are powered by Android. Think the Commodore 64/128, but less bulky. And aside from Android 4.0, there is a customized Android operating system appropriately named CoolShip OS that has a Windows-like UI.

This all-in-keyboard computer is powered by a Rockchip Dualcore RK3066 1.5Ghz processor, has a standard power input plus a 300mAh Li-battery that provides backup in the event of a power outage. The rest of the specs for the CoolShip are:

  • Quad-core ARM Mali™-400 GPU
  • 1G DDR3 RAM and 4 or 8 GB Nand flash storage
  • 100Mbps Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity
  • Input: VGA, HDMI, SD card slot, USB2.0 (x2)
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Coolship Android keyboard computer

CoolShip Android keyboard computer

The hardware that powers the CoolShip is contained in a single, palm-sized core board. As such, it is not possible to upgrade individual parts. Upgrade means swapping the whole board for a new one. And no, there is no SATA capability.
CoolShip Android all-in-keyboard internal hardware

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A screen shot of CoolShip OS’s graphical interface.
CoolShip OS for CoolShip Keyboard Android

Here’s a video introduction of the CoolShip.

The CoolShip is a product of FocusWill Information Technology Co., Ltd, an outfit based in Shenzhen, China. It’s currently being crowd-funded at Indiegogo. Target date of shipping is April (2013). The base package is $89.00, which gets you one CoolShip computer. More information about the funding is available here. Product details here.


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18 Responses

  1. Hi
    Now i installed android on my laptop and i have some problems a lot of application not working how can i install arm library and second how to access other partition on android

  2. Hi
    Sir I strugle work and i success to install android on my laptop now i have some problems first can i access other drives second can i add arm library to play all android game and some application
    please help me
    my poor english

  3. Great post, thank you

    Getting courage from this post 😮 I successfully got android-x86-4.4-r1 installed to an old WD 40 gig sata testing hard drive,
    totally blank/wiped/unformatted/no partition/ to avoid possible issues,
    on a Dell 755 SFF PC with 2 gigs of ram,
    wired optical USB mouse and wired USB keyboard,
    with standard ethernet/network cable to internet router switch.

    AFAICT everything worked straight up on reboot,
    and was watching Youtubes and surfing on internet, GoogleMaps etc etc in no time

    ..till my geek play time ran out and did not go further into it

    Will try it next on an old tablet laptop and see how it fares using the tablet pen etc

  4. I have installe it successfully and also it worked fine at startup but after reebooting almost all app crashed .plzz help mw with this issue.

    1. Note that this is not a stable release, so app crashes are expected. Try the second release candidate, which was released a few days ago.

  5. I booted from usb stick, but couldn’t manage to access laptop hdd. Could you manage it? If yes how.

    Small know issue, no external monitor is taken in charge.

  6. I have an Asus VivoBook S200E i3 (11.6″) which has a 10 point touchscreen. It cost me £388, so not much more than a netbook. It has 512mb graphics thanks to the HD4000 which is part of the i3. It runs Windows 8.1 beautifully, so does it with ubuntu and it is amazing with a Android. 4.4 really is a huge step forward. 20 second boot up times, and everything working out of the box except for the fact you cannot put it in sleep like with windows.

  7. Hey , but when I try to sign in to Play store(over wifi and Ethernet) , it says either its a temporary problem or your device might not be configured for accessing internet . Please try later.

    Has anyone else experienced the same issue??

    And furthermore this is not the first time it is happening . It had happened with 4.3-devel version as well . But all versions before 4.2-devel had working internet (over wifi)

  8. I was able to install it on a hard drive.
    1) Clear all ald partitions.
    2) Insert live cd
    3) Install as defaut msdos
    4) Create a linux ext3 partition
    5) Complete install
    6) Reboot
    7) Works great on an Acer 5735 laptop

        1. Yes I just tried it , the installation seems to goes well but after a reboot it hang to a blank cursor… Look like the hardware isn’t compatible.

          Thank you

        2. Hello, i found a way to have it working.
          Install in EXT3 with GRUB and it’s working now but I have a hardware issue, the screen resolution is off and it’s like 640×480 🙁
          Will wait for another version….

  9. Hmmm, youtube app is up-to-date but is crashing on me. Works OK on my 4.0 installed version. 4.4 Live mode plays youtube vids with good picture and sound in Chrome.

  10. I found the 4.4 RC1 pleasingly zippy when booted in Live USB mode on an old Acer One AO150 netbook (single core Atom N270 with 1 GB RAM). I have been running an installed Android x86 4.0 on the same machine and find it useful for learning.

    One goal of the last few Android x86 releases was to eliminate machine-specific versions. I used to use the EEE PC build, but can now run the generic build.

    Android performance on that hardware is about equivalent to running Crunchbang Linux (Debian 7 with Openbox) via multiboot. Windows XP Pro is slower, but usable, on the same hardware.

    One minor point about x86 Android is that “disk” encryption appears not to be supported. Otherwise, it seems to be full Kit Kat.

    OTOH, I now have an Android laptop with all hardware working (webcam, wireless, trackpad, etc.) including wired Ethernet. Works fine with Google Play store and the Amazon app store. Nice way to reuse old hardware.

    Kudos to the Android x86 team.

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