Motorola Mobility has just launched a fairly interesting Android powered computer over in China that hosts a ton of different home entertainment options. The “HMC3260” boasts of a 18.5 inch LED touchscreen that will be able to play TV shows, movies, games, browse the web, and with it being powered by Android, it will be able to run Android apps as well. Motorola had apparently partnered up with a cloud service provider called WASU to load the Android computer up with content. Here’s the entire list of specs:
- Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz
- Memory: 1 GB DDR RAM, 4 GB NAND flash memory.
- 18.5-inch LED display (1366×768 @ 60Hz, 16:9 widescreen)
- Android 2.3.4 operating system, customized Android Launcher with rich desktop experience
- TV and video client and integration
- Broadband internet access through EuroDOCSIS and LAN (PPPoE / DHCP +, etc.)
Android, as you would expect, is no stranger to the world of desktop computers. We’ve seen it done before, but it really isn’t often that you’ll see a widely known manufacture create an entire desktop complete with mouse and keyboard. In fact, we could probably go so far as to say that it’s a rarity that we probably will not even be seeing again any time soon. The desktop is still running an older version of Android (Android 2.3 Gingerbread), so you shouldn’t be expect a ton of stuff from the Motorola HMC3260, but the concept is really interesting. If it were to get further developed, it would be interesting to see how well it would compete with a Windows PC since they are moving towards touch with Windows 8 now.
In fact, after seeing a demonstration of Windows 8 from Chris Pirillo at Lockergnome, I would go as far to say that an Android PC probably has a whole lot more touch capabilities than what Windows 8 is working off of. That isn’t to say that the OS is better, I mean Windows has been here for many, many years, so I wouldn’t expect the Android OS to hit the market with blazing competition. Again, I can imagine that the touch functions are a whole lot better though. I just think with Android being touch centered from the beginning, Windows 8 probably has nothing on it when it comes to that. This is just speculation though, so don’t hold me to it.
Motorola hasn’t said anything about any sort of pricing or availability even. You’ll be able to find a whole lot more information on it after hitting the source link below though. I think it definitely would be really interesting to see an Android-powered device replace the traditional computer. I am pretty keen on PCs though, so I think I would rather see Android move towards laptops more than desktops. Still, this technology is really cool and I would personally love to see Android on a desktop-like device. Oh, and since the Transformer Pad/Prime/Infinity is basically a laptop in itself, it would be interesting how they can advance or build off of that.
Would you be interested in getting an Android powered desktop? It would be pretty stinking awesome.