With Android devices becoming thinner and thinner, I’ve been left to wonder just how small a device could actually get, you know, without the screen or battery accounting for most of the volume. Well, apparently a device running Android can get small — real small. Like this USB stick from FXI called the Cotton Candy. This little feller houses a 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro SD slot and even an HDMI port to fix that whole, not-having-a-screen issue.
The way it works is easy-peasy. Simply plug the Cotton Candy into a computer and a separate window will popup displaying Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your desktop. Off the bat, the only real uses I can think of for having something like this on your computer would be to get access to an Android game or 2 on your Mac/PC.
The device isn’t officially supported by Google which means no Android Market here. But with a bit of sideloading, I don’t see that as too much of an issue. FXI is currently working with companies to help bring the Cotton Candy to market and says the tiny device will retail for well below $200. Throw some Ice Cream Sandwich with the Android Market on this thing and you have the makings of the world’s tiniest Google TV unit! Yum.