What would be your reaction if I say there is a desktop computer which is running Android as its operating system? Well, do you not believe me? This is true! Motorola has come up with a new device for the Chinese market (only). The Motorola CloudBB HMC3260 is an Android powered desktop computer, which is coming to the market very soon to tickle our senses. Even the thought of Android powering a desktop computer is making me feel funny. It is nothing like I hate Android or anything. I have been an Android fan and user for quite a few years, and hence, I’m pretty sure that the ‘mobile’ operating system is not yet completely ready to take on a desktop computer.
There have been products like this before. For example, the ViewSonic Android powered monitor was a very similar product and it was rightly marketed as a monitor. But Motorola is marketing this product as a desktop computer just because the monitor comes with a keyboard and a mouse. Well, before I talk any further, let’s take a look at this ‘desktop computer.’
The system is going to be running on a 1GHz Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 CPU, has 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory. And the monitor is an 18-inch 1366×768 pixels touchscreen. With such an awesome display, you would expect at least Ice Cream Sandwich to be running the show. But unfortunately, it is still the way too old Gingerbread (Android v 2.3.4), which comes with this machine.
The operating system on this machine seems to have some kind of a manufacturer custom overlay, as can be seen from the image. The overlay is designed to give the user a desktop computer look and feel. There is no mention of the availability of a microSD card slot to increase the story capacity. I honestly do not believe that the on board 4 gigs of storage will be enough. Also, the processor seems to a bit under the mark for such an awesome monitor. What do you think?