March 3, 2010 | by Chris Smith
DSP, the “cordless technology leader for over two decades” announced that they are bringing Android to the home phone (people still have those?) as a Multimedia Handset. The device will run a flavor of Android OS and be able to be used in such cases as a home phone, multimedia controller/remote, or a home automation and monitoring device among other things.
The device specs are not at all earth shattering; 240MHz ARM based processor, “touch screen”, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, and DECT 1.7/1.8/1.9GHz bands. Something that may be more interesting than the idea of a land-line phone system is that this device will have a VoIP Software Suite to satisfy all of your Internet telephony needs.
I like the idea of having a Multimedia handset in my house that I can use to control my media devices, automate my home, browse the web, make VoIP calls, email, etc. but I think that marketing it as a home telephone could be a mistake. It seems too advanced for “just a home telephone” and not advanced enough for a home controller/living room device. In the specs it says that this handset will be able to render video, but I cannot imagine it being very good with only a 240MHz processor.
Something else that seems out of place is in the brochure for the device you can download from DSP. The handset is quite sexy really, but any good Android lover will notice that it has the HTC Sense UI pictured on the device. This makes me question the seriousness of this device and maybe the knowledge of the company. Nowhere is there any mention of partnering with HTC; only the mention of using Android, and that picture is by no means “stock Android”.