We've seen Android on MIDs, Android on PMPs and of course Android on smartphones, so it should come as no surprise that the humble landline phone is next. Thing is, Cloud Telecomputer don't seem to have received the memo about your desk phone being humble, as their Glass design rocks an 8-inch full-color touchscreen, HD audio, Bluetooth connectivity and desktop computer integration.
You don't see a huge amount of development in cordless landline phones, so we're hoping Sharp Japan's new JD-7C1CL/CW makes it over to the US and Europe. A combination of a base-station unit with a 7-inch touchscreen 800 x 480 LCD and a DECT handset, the JD-7C1CL/CW not only shows your digital photos but can also show received faxes rather than printing them out.
Starting today, the Sidekick LX is available for pre-order from Sidekick.com for pre-existing T-Mobile customers. The phone will retain its iconic swivel design, but now coming in two colors -orchid and carbon- and adds features such as GPS-enabled LiveSearch. The Sidekick LX will also feature a 3.2" TFT display, and a 3.2 MP camera. The new Sidekick also features a notably thinner design.
The new Sidekick will also take advantage of T-Mobile's developing 3G network, offering much faster browsing speeds than the previous generation Sidekick. This will come in handy for the social-network loving users who will advantage from the "Communities" section of the LX, which will feature one-click links to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter via an optimized application screen. These applications will also push notifications directly on the homescreen of the Sidekick, letting the user know if they have any events from their friends on their networks.
If Grandstream's VoIP desk phones appealed, but their $299 price tag didn't, then IPEVO may have the Skype phone for you. The IPEVO S0-10W WiFi Skype Desktop Phone looks pretty standard, but hides a full WiFi b/g Skype phone with a 2.4-inch color display and integrated speakerphone.
T-Mobile USA are working on two Android-based non-smartphone devices, the first a data-enabled home phone to be followed by a 7-inch touchscreen tablet. According to documents obtained by the NYT, the two devices will launch early in 2010 and be intended for in-home rather than mobile use.
The news is non-stop from CTIA 2009 today and wouldn't you know it that there was a little surprise tucked away in the endless slew of press releases? MetroPCS is will be getting a new touchscreen phone from Samsung called the Finesse.
This phone is actually pretty similar to the Instinct and the Delve in that it uses the TouchWiz interface. However, this is not a smartphone--it just looks like one! It features a 3-inch 240 x 400 touchscreen display, 3G, web browser and mobile IM. It also has a GPS application, a media player and an email app.
It seems this phone is available now without a contract. However, since it's not subsidized, the Samsung Finesse will cost you $349. A tad pricey for the feature set, but may be worth it if you're not looking to get roped into a two-year contract.