Sep 13 AT 3:49 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Motorola announces Android cloud computer for China


Today in China, Motorola revealed their new Android-powered CloudBB (HMC3260), which is being described as a “home entertainment terminal.” The device features an 18.5 inch touchscreen display paired with a wireless keyboard and mouse. China Digitial TV Media Group will market the device to their 13 million customers as a way to watch on-demand video, launch games and applications, and access other cloud-based entertainment services.

We don’t expect this product to be available in the US, but it could be a preview of what’s in store for future Android devices from Motorola.

Android can almost replace a PC, but the overall experience is not quite there. Google is working on multi-user support for shared devices and optimizing Android to run on faster hardware, and we think it’s only a mater of time before Google or Motorola release another all-in-one device. Motorola was one of the first companies to release a smartphone that could turn into a laptop or PC, but it never really took off.

We have asked the question many times, but what does Android need to offer if you are going to give up your desktop computer? Would you rather have an all-in-one desktop PC or a smartphone that could turn into a laptop, tablet or PC?


Source: Motorola

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  • jaxidian

    “Would you rather have an all-in-one desktop PC or a smartphone that could turn into a laptop, tablet or PC?”

    I want a mature, refined, well-functioning Padfone. Make my phone be as nice and refined as my SGS3, make the tablet be as nice and refined as the Nexus 7, and make the docking experience be NICER and more refined than a Transformer Infinity. And somehow incorporate Ubuntu for Android (or really, something even better).

    Unfortunately, fact of the matter is that Android really isn’t going to cut it as my laptop OS. And this is why I think Microsoft is going to make huge strides in the tablet/laptop area with Windows 8 if they don’t screw it up.

    • koorsr

      I might have considered trying the Atrix/laptop dock combo if the laptop shell ran Ubuntu or some other form of Linux instead of the extremely locked down version that it had.

      I wouldn’t say that Android could never cut it as a laptop OS because it already has made great strides going from phones to tablets. In it’s current state no, but down the line I believe it could happen. I will have to agree though that Microsoft with Windows 8 is in a great position to succeed, but I wouldn’t count Android out yet as Microsoft has screwed up in the past.

  • jamal adam

    I definitely agree that the overall experience is not at the level of replacing a PC but I think that will change soon and when it does, count me in.

    • kazahani

      My wife and I were on the way to the gtocery store last night, and I logged into my bank’s secure internet banking website (full HTML site not the mobile version), balanced my bank account and paid my mortgage, and my Galaxy Nexus did it faster than I could have on my laptop. No exaggeration.

      In a lot of ways, Android is already smoother and more streamlined than Windows. We just need more robust features like better support for printing, better productivity apps, and better support for the peripherals that we have come to rely on for our computing needs (keyboard and mouse, USB peripherals, etc)

  • Meister_Li

    I am surprised they’d go with Android instead of an actual Home PC system like Linux Mint or Chrome OS.

    • jaxidian

      They can probably virtualize Android (with apps) much better than they can full-blown Linux with apps.

      Also, the app installation user experience is MUCH better with Android than Linux. They’re targeting the masses here and, frankly, it’s not easy for ignorant people to install many apps on Linux, properly configured, and without apps/dependencies/versions conflicting with one another. With Android, you just pick the app, install it, and you’re done!

  • rpras

    To answer your question, Taylor, it really depends on what one does with a “PC.” Until I got my Nexus One, I needed a PC. After that, my Nexuses have been true “personal” computers for me. So, things like email, most Web browsing, online shopping, bill pay-I can now do on my phone. However, things like occasional coding, image editing, and document creation still require a “PC.” But my feeling is that a smartphone is now become the “personal” device for me. I tend to think of “PCs” more as “workstation” now.

    That’s why I like the “transformer” concept-a La Atrix. Give me a transforming Nexus with a great display/keyboard/mouse to dock to and I will call quits on the PC era. Caveat? Need software/apps to do the stuff that still needs a PC.

    • kazahani

      This is the ONLY reason I want MOTO to make a Nexus. Atrix-style keyboard dock on a Nexus device would be stellar.

  • pjamies

    As much as I like the idea of Chrome OS, I always asked myself why? if they have an OS like Android why would they want to build another OS for a different device type?
    I say move the ideas that they have in Chrome OS and Google TV and replace them with Android.
    You then just get the OS and Play store to filter on device type to allow specific apps and video dimentions for that specific device and prosto half the work and twice as much OS focus!

    So to answer the actual question, having a Atrix type of device control a larger desktop Screen etc., would be fine to me. Just make it rock steady and fast!

  • ari-free

    Apple is bothered by Android because they think the iPad is so amazing but the real plan for Android to move from phone to tablet then to tablet with keyboards and on to devices like this until it can be a viable replacement for Windows. Build it up step by step as each new device on the way adds more complexity to Android without making such a big leap.

    Linux couldn’t work out on the desktop because they focused on servers and GPL zealots instead of listening to consumers the way Android is doing.

  • DroidPower

    i think the android system can probably replace a laptop/desktop for the older generation. I know some of the grandparents use the computers for 1) emails; 2) video chatting; 3) card games. Those three objectives can definitely be accomplished by the android os, and it probably does it better than a regular laptop/desktop. Considering china has its own sizable elderly population, a computer like this can certainly have a large impact.

  • Fredrik Andersson

    That has to be the ugliest thing ever made, please redesign everything about it!

  • OpenIntro

    I thought Apple patented that color of white, no?

  • Nathan D.

    Cool, to see this and what we could be heading towards but I don’t expect this to be able to replay my PC just yet.

  • sirvon a thomas

    the incumbents better do something b/c with OEM devices like cx01, mk802, ug802 selling for tens of dollars and a community of intelligent hungry geeks globally working round the clock to further this fledging new industry….. there might not be a motorola anymore in a few yrs or a hp or a windows in the desktop/consumer arena. its all about the upstart independents !!!!!! ftwg$

  • dutrak

    If they want this to take off they have to embrace more countries

  • steven

    I found another android desktop computer named CoolShip with a 1.5Ghz dualcore ARM processor at It looks like a keyboard.