Why should mobile phones get to have all the fun running advanced operating systems? The new Glass desk phone mixes one part corded, landline phone and one part Android-based internet tablet. Google's mobile Android platform and a plain old desk phone will play nice together, if and when Cloud Telecomputers' concept makes its way to market in 2010.
This concept's 8-inch screen is among the largest around for viewing Android, meaning there's more real estate for app developers to play with. The platform itself can sync with Outlook to make calls right from your contact list, and has Bluetooth connectivity to hook up your cell and an HD speakerphone.
Since Glass is only a platform and not a full-blown product right now, release dates and prices will have to wait for Cloud's partners to pipe up. In the meantime, though, the company estimates the end products will run anywhere from $600 to $800.
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