If you’ve been online at all in the last few days, you’ve probably noticed people funding the Superbook. What looks like a laptop you plug your phone into is something a bit more technically complex, though. Here’s what the Superbook is, what it’s for, and everything else you need to know before you decide whether to hop aboard.
What Is The Superbook?
Essentially, the Superbook is what’s called a “laptop shell” for Android phones. You’ve likely seen these before; they’re devices where you can slot in your phone to convert it into a PC. The idea of an all-in-one type device has been around for a while, not least because smartphones have plenty of power, from a computing perspective. All your phone really needs is some software tweaks, a full-sized keyboard, and a larger screen and it’s suddenly a laptop. Andromium is delivering all of that, and doing it at a tempting $99 price point.
Needless to say, that raises the question of why — if this concept has been around so long — it’s just now taking off on Kickstarter. The short answer is those software tweaks. Most laptop shells don’t work because they’re essentially a smartphone with a keyboard bolted onto it. The Superbook is a bit different, thanks to who’s behind it.
Who’s Making The Superbook?
The Superbook is coming from Andromium, a company best known among productivity wonks and tech nerds for creating “desktop” spaces on smartphones. Smartphones aren’t really designed like computers, after all. We’re supposed to poke at them, talk to them, and swipe around their screens. The “grammar” of communicating with our smartphones is different from our laptops, where we move around a mouse, move our fingers on a trackpad, and tap at a physical keyboard.