Dec 12 AT 4:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 118 Comments

Epson working on mysterious Android device for MWC

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Epson has me intrigued. The company best known for printers, projectors, and scanners is working on a mysterious new device that runs the Android OS and is expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in late February.

We have absolutely no idea what Epson has planned, but we were told the device is in a new category and it offer a range of mobile entertainment and viewing options.

I did a quick search of Epson’s site and found this MegaPlex projector that comes with an iPhone dock and integrated speakers, which was the only thing related to mobile entertainment. It doesn’t run a mobile OS, so I don’t think that’s the type of device we are going to see.

What do you think Epson has up their sleeve?  Are they working on their own Android tablet? Maybe a mobile device with integrated projector? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Bryan Stoner

    Smartphone with a pico projector!

    • Bryan Stoner

      Smartphone with a printer dock?

      • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

        Printer dock with a pico projector? Oh, wait… :p

        • mr 1338

          nope this looks like a full sized beamer!
          take a look at the reflection, where you can see the lense ring.
          maybe a multi media station / gaming console that doesnt need a TV but comes with its own beamer

        • AndyNguyen36

          A high possibility! I’m sure you’d be able to print from the smartphone not too far from the future.

      • protozeloz

        A projector that can make calls and print

    • Futureboy

      Smart phone with a pico projector makes sense. Sony already has a camcorder with built-in projector on the market that they claim will project a 60″ diagonal. I’m sure you need a seriously dark room, but I love the direction the technology is heading!

  • ramenchef

    Portable scanner + projector + speakers + dock? I have no idea, haha.

    • Bryan Stoner

      Whoaaa the scanner would be really cool. But CamScanner already works pretty well.

  • TruFactz

    (In the voice of Dave from Storage Hunters) YEEEEP!

    • stenzor

      Oh how I hate that voice

      • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

        It’s times like these, I wish I watched television to catch references. I have no idea who Dave is, or what a Storage Hunter is.

        • Futureboy

          The series is “Storage Wars” on A&E and season one is available for streaming on Netflix. It’s a show about people who buy auctioned storage lockers that have been abandoned or defaulted on payment. Pretty interesting show.

          • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

            Cool, I’ve got the Netflix. I will have to check it out. Thank you for the info. = )

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Dave is from Storage Wars, YEPPPPPPPPPPP

  • Toonshorty

    Perhaps rather than a dock, it’s a projector that stores all your films and so you can access movies and subscription services (Lovefilm, Netflix) all at the press of a button?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Maybe like a projector that runs Google TV? That’s the best idea I’ve heard yet.

      • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

        I was thinking of a projector that rocked the Android. I would pick it up.

        All I know is the rate the OS is growing, my whole house will be running on Android in five years.

        • Samar

          One day, there will only be Androids walkiing on the roads. Then the movies, “The Walking Android”..LOL

      • Andy_jr

        That’s the first thing I thought of. That would be pretty cool.

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Oooh a self-contained GTV device would be pretty neat.

    • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

      That would be awesome! Also, using your phone as a remote for it…

  • stenzor

    Whatever it is, I hope they don’t make me buy more ridiculously overpriced cartridges

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      I hate that about printers…cheaper to buy a whole new one then replace the ink.

      • Samar

        Very true. That’s how HP’s running its printer business to begin with.. :-), i think.

  • Chris Lynch

    Remember the Epson P2000? That is what i’m thinking.
    Some sort of USB-host capable device for media storage.

  • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

    From the picture it looks like a gaming device, but I’m betting on a projector-related device as well :)

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Sorry about that, but the picture is total mockup I just made in Photoshop. It’s not official at all.

      • stenzor

        So Clark works for Epson now, eh? :P

      • faun

        Oh…. might be worth mentioning that in an image caption or in the article – here we are all squinting at it and jumping to conclusions!

  • Thomas Biard

    I would want an Android Printer. You can use the device for a scanner already. A projector sounds fun, but expensive and unobtainable by me…

  • Jimmy13

    A printer with a sweet touchscreen that plays angry birds :P

  • YellowDucati

    Android powered dot matrix printer?

  • xsynth

    Projector with built in GoogleTV?

  • Bryan Stoner

    Like Google TV but as a projector.

  • BiGMERF

    Lord everybody is getting in on Android.. Great for all of its

    • Futureboy

      Have you seen the MOD Live heads-up display for ski goggles? (running Android, of course).
      Pretty slick.

      • Steven Nutt

        Now that is starting to look like the future, someone shrink that to normal glasses please ;)

      • Jöran Schlömer

        Sick Gadget. But I don’t really know if it would distract me or not :D

  • CJ LaFleur

    an android powered printer. every electronic device in the world will soon be android powered!

  • HoLfElDeR

    Android printer capable to comunicate wit other android devices

  • dnar56

    An Android powered FAX machine that sends repeated f*ck off faxes to apple HQ ftw!

  • zyphbear

    I’m wondering if it will be a small device for wireless printing from SmartPhones/Tablets. After all, most printer companies don’t get you with the price of the hardware, but the cost of ink. So they figure they are losing out on some of that income.

  • Silver

    The first thing that came to mind is a printer that runs AnroidOS so that it could interact with your phone. That means when you just took some awesome pictures with your phone and if you’re within proximity of the printer (or dock it), you can have the printer print out those pictures. However I don’t think you need the printer to run Android to be able to do that…

  • lxgeorge

    Surprise me Epson. Surprise me…

  • Billy

    They can call it the “Epson Mysterious” … may not be long enough though …

  • Hannu Leinonen

    At least I hope it’s not a printer. I don’t wanna hate Android, ya’ know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0_S_EdZ_I8

  • Ben Gildenstein

    If that picture is accurate, the reflection is clearly that of a projector…

    What type of a projector remains to be seen.

  • Billy

    Something to compete with AirPrint — Android Print ….

    *Waves Phone* … These are not the TPS Reports you’re looking for …

  • thekaz

    I’m guess they are jumping into the android tablet market. Why not? everyone else is…

  • cabrone

    If it is anything like my printer, I’ll pass. :-P

  • Louis A

    Hahaha every body wants a share of the android pie. I guess telegraphs are coming back to style lol

  • euio

    It will probably be a Segway type human transporter with rocket engines. Oh, and with an android mp3 player attached to the handlebars.

  • http://normanma.net/ darkhorse166

    It’ll be something lame, like a printer.

  • Asdf1616

    a cloud connected printer/prjector, specially made to work with android

  • Chuxter

    It’s gonna be an Android phone with a BUILT-IN laser printer!!!

    Epson phone user: “Excuse me, I need to replace the toner cartridges in my cell phone. I’m also low on paper.”

  • Danny Calderon

    Smartphone and software that’ll let you print docs and pics on your epson printer, or they might have an app called angry printers,

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    I bet 1 cent that they are going to reveal a printer that will print out your next smartphone :-)

  • hurric

    projector that shoots / beams stuff from your smart phone to screen magically.

  • Leo Young

    Epson makes a lot of money putting marks on paper. I wonder if it is simply an android OS printer? And perhaps an app that will let you print from any where on your current device.

    Seems plain but it is an easy way to add IQ to a printer and remember, HP said they wanted to put Web OS on printers.

  • honourbound68

    Cloud printer for android? Bluetooth portable printer?

  • Aladdin

    Introducing: the new Epson PrinterPhone

  • eioous

    Where is all the T-mobile Android love?

  • Emmanuel Rodriguez

    Google TV Projector? haha

  • http://tinkerdad.blogspot.com xfaith

    Ill go with Aladdin’s for the PrintPhone… Its a foldable smartphone that expands to print. Named like the PadPhone that we have yet to see.

  • breinhar

    A tablet / polaroid camera. Gotta shake the tablet before printing.

  • aranea

    A projector/tablet that not only has a media player but comes with integrated microsoft office support.

  • Hall Lo

    A phone with a projector? A portable projector with android on it to have google cloud print? :D?

  • azswift

    They’ve got printers that should work with Android and other mobile devices, maybe showing off the printer app?

    http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/EpsonConnect/Home.do?ref=van_connect_mobile_printing_2011-10-001

  • janjaweed

    Its a multyfunction .scaner+fax+printer+phone+wifi.acces
    spoint+blutoth

  • AceoStar

    They’re going to team up with Coinstar/redbox and launch printing Kiosk’s all over the world printable from any mobile device.

  • humidity

    I bet it’ll be a projector with speakers and Android built in! That’d be sweet!

  • jamal

    I like surprises. Hopefully it’s something nice and worth buying.

  • Nathan D.

    wow, this will be interesting to see what they come up with.

  • blaseb

    The first cell phone with a printer!! Mini-Printer * :P

  • cxandroid

    Most likely a scanner/printer specifically designed to integrate with android devices.

  • Anthropic

    I’m sure it will be a phone you need to buy cartridges for that only last a short time and cost almost as much as a new device to replace, and even if they aren’t all used you still have to update them or the phone wont turn on at all.

    That’s my expectation. Bastards.

  • zippyioa

    Another way to get us to big more Epson printer cartridges ;)

  • Samar

    Am guessing “Something that syncs up with all ur android devices and uses alternate power / does away with cartridges”. But, they definately have to price it cleverly.

  • Ivan Todorov

    A printer with Android :) it’s so not awesome :)

  • https://plus.google.com/109600738460265587799/posts Lewis McGeary

    I’m sure it will turn out to be something boring, but I’ll make a suggestion for something a bit wilder.
    A projector with Android built in, with a focus on gaming. Will include a controller and will be an all in one unit easily portable for projecting games, movies and playing music.
    Yeah, probably not.

  • Robert Whittaker

    I can see the new advert…

    You to can play angry birds whilst waiting for the printing to come out.

  • Robert Whittaker

    Actually it wouldn’t surprise me if they used it for some enterprise Multifunction device. The o/s and screens on the ones in my office are pretty poor.

  • eliander mendoza

    I think this will surely be in a smartphone some day, a “pico projector!” i mean. I think i read something somewhere about microsoft putting a patten something similar to this type of technology or something very similar about your hands interacting with “pico projector!” reflection or something. :D looking forwards

  • seansin

    maybe a pico projector with something like Samsung Smart TV kind of features?

  • lokidokie

    Well it certainly sounds like it’s going to be Pico Projector related. Integrated into a phone? That’d be cool

  • Jeremiah Akin

    If Epson makes it then it will be cheap at first but then you will have to buy some kind of refill pack that will be an arm and a leg.

  • Michael C.

    It would kinda be cute if they had whatever the device is come in 4 colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. :p

  • PiTTDRoiD

    Please…..another print NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

  • DroidPower

    Like many have said, maybe an android phone + super printing on EPSON printers and a projector.

    Or, perhaps a great mobile printing app? And then a line of EPSON printers that can work with the app?

    Before reading this post, I had no idea EPSON made things other than printers. After digging around a bit, it’s got somewhat of a diversified product line:

    http://global.epson.com/driver.html

  • http://ps-udad.blogspot.com/ ld6772

    They will have a special kind of e-ink display that costs $30 a month to ‘refill’

  • sdotunome

    I think it will be a phone/time machine/printer… where you can make calls take pictures……..select the image go back in time and relive the moment! Then print it when you done -_-

  • Shawn Flanagan

    Maybe they are going the route HP took, and are adding “apps” to their printers.

  • Kris Isaksen

    A printer with Android or something equally boring.

  • vitebsk66

    How about a tablet that can make calls over 4G or wi-fi, with a built-in projector a-la the new Sony camcorder?

    • vitebsk66

      Oh, and it would feature wireless printing, of course. ;-)

  • donger

    It’s gotta be a some sort of projector. Maybe a portable tablet with a printer.

  • Adryan maldonado

    YAY another possible Ink Guzzling monster printer. But the fact that it may android integrated is pretty cool especially if its not a printer

  • kusic
  • Jöran Schlömer

    I hope it has something to do with a beamer!

  • FSFatScooter
  • tata

    Epson has launched android head mount display “MOVERIO” in Japan. http://www.epson.jp/osirase/2011/111109.htm

  • Dirge

    Hopefully it goes beyond what HP has with some of their newer printers, ePrint.

  • Santana

    Android powered printer display….hmm

  • sgumer

    maybe epson is coming out with a printer that can work with an android phone and can print from the phone. maybe it is software for epson printers on android phones.

  • ibap

    A folding tablet?

  • azswift
  • Generica

    “Help us OB1. You’re our only hope!”

  • superusermode

    Wow. I didn’t even know Epson was still around.

  1. Smartphone with a pico projector!

  2. Portable scanner + projector + speakers + dock? I have no idea, haha.

  3. (In the voice of Dave from Storage Hunters) YEEEEP!

  4. Perhaps rather than a dock, it’s a projector that stores all your films and so you can access movies and subscription services (Lovefilm, Netflix) all at the press of a button?

  5. Whatever it is, I hope they don’t make me buy more ridiculously overpriced cartridges

  6. Chris LynchGuest 3 years ago

    Remember the Epson P2000? That is what i’m thinking.
    Some sort of USB-host capable device for media storage.

  7. From the picture it looks like a gaming device, but I’m betting on a projector-related device as well :)

  8. I would want an Android Printer. You can use the device for a scanner already. A projector sounds fun, but expensive and unobtainable by me…

  9. A printer with a sweet touchscreen that plays angry birds :P

  10. Android powered dot matrix printer?

  11. Projector with built in GoogleTV?

  12. Like Google TV but as a projector.

  13. Lord everybody is getting in on Android.. Great for all of its

  14. an android powered printer. every electronic device in the world will soon be android powered!

  15. Android printer capable to comunicate wit other android devices

  16. dnar56Guest 3 years ago

    An Android powered FAX machine that sends repeated f*ck off faxes to apple HQ ftw!

  17. I’m wondering if it will be a small device for wireless printing from SmartPhones/Tablets. After all, most printer companies don’t get you with the price of the hardware, but the cost of ink. So they figure they are losing out on some of that income.

  18. The first thing that came to mind is a printer that runs AnroidOS so that it could interact with your phone. That means when you just took some awesome pictures with your phone and if you’re within proximity of the printer (or dock it), you can have the printer print out those pictures. However I don’t think you need the printer to run Android to be able to do that…

  19. Surprise me Epson. Surprise me…

  20. They can call it the “Epson Mysterious” … may not be long enough though …

  21. At least I hope it’s not a printer. I don’t wanna hate Android, ya’ know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0_S_EdZ_I8

  22. Ben GildensteinGuest 3 years ago

    If that picture is accurate, the reflection is clearly that of a projector…

    What type of a projector remains to be seen.

  23. Something to compete with AirPrint — Android Print ….

    *Waves Phone* … These are not the TPS Reports you’re looking for …

  24. I’m guess they are jumping into the android tablet market. Why not? everyone else is…

  25. If it is anything like my printer, I’ll pass. :-P

  26. Hahaha every body wants a share of the android pie. I guess telegraphs are coming back to style lol

  27. It will probably be a Segway type human transporter with rocket engines. Oh, and with an android mp3 player attached to the handlebars.

  28. It’ll be something lame, like a printer.

  29. Asdf1616Guest 3 years ago

    a cloud connected printer/prjector, specially made to work with android

  30. It’s gonna be an Android phone with a BUILT-IN laser printer!!!

    Epson phone user: “Excuse me, I need to replace the toner cartridges in my cell phone. I’m also low on paper.”

  31. Smartphone and software that’ll let you print docs and pics on your epson printer, or they might have an app called angry printers,

  32. I bet 1 cent that they are going to reveal a printer that will print out your next smartphone :-)

  33. projector that shoots / beams stuff from your smart phone to screen magically.

  34. Epson makes a lot of money putting marks on paper. I wonder if it is simply an android OS printer? And perhaps an app that will let you print from any where on your current device.

    Seems plain but it is an easy way to add IQ to a printer and remember, HP said they wanted to put Web OS on printers.

  35. Cloud printer for android? Bluetooth portable printer?

  36. Introducing: the new Epson PrinterPhone

  37. Where is all the T-mobile Android love?

  38. Ill go with Aladdin’s for the PrintPhone… Its a foldable smartphone that expands to print. Named like the PadPhone that we have yet to see.

  39. A tablet / polaroid camera. Gotta shake the tablet before printing.

  40. A projector/tablet that not only has a media player but comes with integrated microsoft office support.

  41. A phone with a projector? A portable projector with android on it to have google cloud print? :D?

  42. They’ve got printers that should work with Android and other mobile devices, maybe showing off the printer app?

    http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/EpsonConnect/Home.do?ref=van_connect_mobile_printing_2011-10-001

  43. Its a multyfunction .scaner+fax+printer+phone+wifi.acces
    spoint+blutoth

  44. They’re going to team up with Coinstar/redbox and launch printing Kiosk’s all over the world printable from any mobile device.

  45. I bet it’ll be a projector with speakers and Android built in! That’d be sweet!

  46. I like surprises. Hopefully it’s something nice and worth buying.

  47. wow, this will be interesting to see what they come up with.

  48. The first cell phone with a printer!! Mini-Printer * :P

  49. Most likely a scanner/printer specifically designed to integrate with android devices.

  50. I’m sure it will be a phone you need to buy cartridges for that only last a short time and cost almost as much as a new device to replace, and even if they aren’t all used you still have to update them or the phone wont turn on at all.

    That’s my expectation. Bastards.

  51. Another way to get us to big more Epson printer cartridges ;)

  52. Am guessing “Something that syncs up with all ur android devices and uses alternate power / does away with cartridges”. But, they definately have to price it cleverly.

  53. A printer with Android :) it’s so not awesome :)

  54. I’m sure it will turn out to be something boring, but I’ll make a suggestion for something a bit wilder.
    A projector with Android built in, with a focus on gaming. Will include a controller and will be an all in one unit easily portable for projecting games, movies and playing music.
    Yeah, probably not.

  55. I can see the new advert…

    You to can play angry birds whilst waiting for the printing to come out.

  56. Actually it wouldn’t surprise me if they used it for some enterprise Multifunction device. The o/s and screens on the ones in my office are pretty poor.

  57. I think this will surely be in a smartphone some day, a “pico projector!” i mean. I think i read something somewhere about microsoft putting a patten something similar to this type of technology or something very similar about your hands interacting with “pico projector!” reflection or something. :D looking forwards

  58. maybe a pico projector with something like Samsung Smart TV kind of features?

  59. Well it certainly sounds like it’s going to be Pico Projector related. Integrated into a phone? That’d be cool

  60. If Epson makes it then it will be cheap at first but then you will have to buy some kind of refill pack that will be an arm and a leg.

  61. It would kinda be cute if they had whatever the device is come in 4 colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. :p

  62. Please…..another print NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

  63. Like many have said, maybe an android phone + super printing on EPSON printers and a projector.

    Or, perhaps a great mobile printing app? And then a line of EPSON printers that can work with the app?

    Before reading this post, I had no idea EPSON made things other than printers. After digging around a bit, it’s got somewhat of a diversified product line:

    http://global.epson.com/driver.html

  64. They will have a special kind of e-ink display that costs $30 a month to ‘refill’

  65. I think it will be a phone/time machine/printer… where you can make calls take pictures……..select the image go back in time and relive the moment! Then print it when you done -_-

  66. Maybe they are going the route HP took, and are adding “apps” to their printers.

  67. A printer with Android or something equally boring.

  68. How about a tablet that can make calls over 4G or wi-fi, with a built-in projector a-la the new Sony camcorder?

  69. It’s gotta be a some sort of projector. Maybe a portable tablet with a printer.

  70. YAY another possible Ink Guzzling monster printer. But the fact that it may android integrated is pretty cool especially if its not a printer

  71. I hope it has something to do with a beamer!

  72. tataGuest 3 years ago

    Epson has launched android head mount display “MOVERIO” in Japan. http://www.epson.jp/osirase/2011/111109.htm

  73. Hopefully it goes beyond what HP has with some of their newer printers, ePrint.

  74. Android powered printer display….hmm

  75. maybe epson is coming out with a printer that can work with an android phone and can print from the phone. maybe it is software for epson printers on android phones.

  76. GenericaGuest 3 years ago

    “Help us OB1. You’re our only hope!”

  77. Wow. I didn’t even know Epson was still around.