Motorola may be better known for making smartphones than for producing desktop solutions, but a new product might lead them to reconsider.
The Google-owned company has recently launched in China a “home entertainment terminal” that is based on Android OS. Called the Cloud BB HMC3260, the device features an 18-inch LCD touchscreen that has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. However, those who like the convenience of a keyboard and a mouse instead of a touchscreen for input could make use of the product’s wireless keyboard and mouse. The Cloud BB HMC3260 also comes with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and a Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 processor with a clock speed of 1GHz. It has 4GB of NAND Flash Memory and 1GB of DDR RAM. Motorola has also added a custom desktop launcher.
To entice more consumers, Motorola has partnered with China Digital TV Media Group to provide users of the desktop solution with content such as apps, games, and on-demand video, among others. This partnership could be significant, especially since China Digital TV Media Group currently has more than 13 million subscribers. Thus China Digital may use the device to offer such content to their consumers. This partnership likewise emphasizes Motorola’s focus on the entertainment aspect of the device.
At present, it appears that the Cloud BB HMC3260 is only headed to the Chinese market. However, it could provide consumers a glimpse of what Motorola is planning in the future for its Android-based devices.
Android may still be deemed as incapable of replacing a regular desktop PC due to its lack of some features like multi-user support. Nonetheless, it is only a matter of time before software developments as well as faster broadband speeds could make this possible and allow users to run applications smoothly right from the cloud.