Mar 04 AT 5:35 PM Sean Riley 6 Comments

Android is dialing into the home phone market this year


Home phone manufacturers have had a tough run of things over the last few years as more and more customers rely solely on their cell phones. It wasn’t long ago that you would see rows of handsets at the big box electronics stores, today you are more likely to see perhaps a dozen options spread across a single shelf.

A couple manufacturers appearing at CeBIT this week are hoping to change their fortune by taking a page from the cell phone playbook and turning to Android.

The two devices pictured above are from Binatone (left) and DSP (right). While Binatone is referring to the device as the iHome Phone (Are you kidding me?), they are a Motorola Official Licensee so this will probably turn into the Motorola HS1001, which we peeped at Pepcom a couple months back, once it hits market in Q3 2010. The release date slipped a quarter since we last saw it, but the looks have taken a decided turn for the better.

The DSP device is a reference design, so there is no release date or pricing information, but the specs are certainly plausible so we could still see someone adopt the design this year. It also seems to be a little more ambitious with built-in VoIP software and the suggestion that it can do duty as a remote control as well.

Both devices are running an underwhelming 240 Mhz processor and at least the Binatone/Motorola is using a resistive touchscreen. If these devices are going to take off they are definitely going to have to step the specs up to at least match the current Android cell phones.

Convergence is probably going to be critical for the long term survival of the home “phone.” These devices are using 2.8 and 3.5 inch screens respectively and I think this is a mistake. If they were to drop a more powerful processor in and go with a Dell Mini 5 type form factor I think that could be a real winner. A lot of people have said that a 5 inch screen is just too big to carry around day to day, but for a more home bound device that might be just right.

Do you think a web tablet, home phone, and remote control mash-up is something you would be interested in or are you more comfortable just letting your cell phone take over all of these roles?

Via: Slashgear

Source: Android Community

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Bryan

    There is a home phone market?? I haven’t had a home phone for about 10 years. Are they trying to get grandmothers using android?

    • Weeds

      Yeah that’s why they put 240MHz chips into these things – everything is a little slower, so even grandma can follow everything that happens on screen.^^

      • Sean Riley

        I verified that 240 in about 5 separate spots, I just couldn’t believe they would do that.

  • http://Website droidwolf

    I would use this. I live in indiana and can’t use my cell at me house cause I’m out in the sticks. However I can use my cell for internet over wifi but not make calls or get texts. So yes I would use these phones.

  • Ray

    I Saw this information regarding android home phone, in The DSP Group web site on this page:
    I was wondering are there any updates regarding that technology they mention that they are developing, does anyone have information on that?


  • http://Website Jordi Lo

    Hello !

    Where can I buy it ?

    Thanks in advanced,