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Using Skype on an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC

(TS) – The MK802 is a USB thumb-drive sized computer that ships with Android 4.0 software and the ability to download and run apps from the Google Play Store. But it also comes with a number of apps preloaded, including media players and the Skype app for voice and video chat.

Using Skype on an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC

Using Skype on an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC

That last one is an odd choice — because the MK802 doesn’t have a mic or camera. But it is possible to plug in a USB camera and use the MK802 to make video calls. MK802 user genosyde has put together a tutorial for setting up the MK802 to make Skype calls.

In a nutshell, there are only two things you have to do:

1. Update your MK802 to the latest firmware
2. Find a mic, webcam, or headset that works with the MK802

Using Skype on an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC

Using Skype on an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC

You can take care of the first step by downloading the rev .2 firmware from the Rikomagic UK forum and following our step-by-step guide for updating or restoring your firmware. The second part is a bit trickier, since not every mic or camera will work. You can find a list of devices that are known to work in genosyde’s guide.

With some webcams only video works, and with others only audio works. Possibly the best option at the moment is the Microsoft LifeCam VX-700. You can pick one up for $18, and both the mic and camera work with the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC. One of the questions people ask me most frequently about the MK802 is whether you can use it for Skype. It’s nice to see that the answer is yes.

The little computer has an HDMI port and USB and microUSB ports. It’s meant to be plugged into a TV and used with a keyboard or mouse. But if you plan to hook up a webcam, you should be able to use a USB hub so you can connect a keyboard, mouse, and camera.

You can pick up an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC for $74 or less from Amazon, Miniand or AliExpress.

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