April 6, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
T-Mobile was the first carrier to bring Google Android to a cellular phone, and the carrier may join other companies looking to offer Android on other types of products. The New York Times reports that T-Mobile plans to develop Android-powered “communication devices” designed for home use. The article states:
Its tablet-size phone device resembles a small laptop without a keyboard and has a seven-inch touch screen. It would handle basic computing jobs like checking the weather or managing data across a variety of devices in the home.
The proposed device would be able to do things such as fetch weather reports and control information on other devices in the home. You may have recently seen commercials for a non-Android device from Verizion that has a similar aim. Though primarily a phone, Verizon’s “Hub” also has a calendar, limited web access, VoIP calling, and the potential for several web widgets and services.
The idea of a Mobile Internet Device (MID) running Android is not new, but MID’s are typically geared more towards portability. T-Mobile’s proposed products would be specifically designed for use within the home. The cynic in me wonders if this will really attract that many people since people tend to communicate on their mobile devices more often than the home phone. However, the Verizon Hub did propose some things others may find interesting. T-Mobile declined to comment or reveal more details about their plans, so we’ll just have to wait to see what must-have features a home-based MID could offer.