Turn your Android phone into a laptop with a pi-top

We love it when people hack and mod pi-tops in ways we hadn’t even thought about, and this one is a beauty!

Rob Knight owns and operates www.losingthewires.com, a technology consulting service specialising in remote working, mobility, BYOD, and smartphones. A self-confessed tinkerer and tech enthusiast, he found a way to remove the Raspberry Pi from a pi-top, and attach readily available components to access the desktop mode in Android phones. You can find out how to do it (at your own risk we hasten to add!) here, as well as all the components needed.

Using your mobile as a desktop with a pi-top

Rob’s mod works on Samsung S8, S9, Note 8, Note 9 with Samsung DeX or Huawei Mate 10 Pro, P20 or P20 Pro with EMUI Easy Projection.

The death of the desktop

Despite tweets like this one, the stats don’t lie. Websites access via desktops are continuing to be overtaken by mobile devices. But perhaps more than that, the nature of work done on devices is changing, as tasks move from being essentially clerical in nature to content creation and curation. And that doesn’t just mean Instagramming shots of smashed avocado on toast. Last year, Samsung won a £210m contract with UK police and paramedics to supply them with toughened smartphones.

It’s scenarios like this, where staff might want a pocket device in the field, but the option to connect that to a full-size screen and keyboard back at base, that Rob’s hack demonstrates. As smartphones become more powerful, and IT dept looks to save money, there’s a strong case for users bringing their own device to the party. Now, there are some security concerns granted, but soon we may have to only take one device around, and all that will be on our desks is a keyboard and a screen.



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