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SKR 32 Inch Multi-touch Android Display
Large screen displays up to 10 inch with a touch sensor overlay are not new. Most operate on the widely accepted Windows platform. SKR, a company from South Korea is revolutionizing large screen multi touch display with the introduction of a 32 inch multi touch display that works off the Android platform, mimicking functions and operations that smart phone users are familiar with.

This 32 inch multi touch display is connected to an Android terminal through a USB for the touch sensors while display is through the usual HDMI port. This gives the best of both worlds: full high definition video allied to the functionality of the Android interface touch features.

SKR is active in digital signage and wanted to meet emerging needs of customers who wanted Android functionality in displays that Windows 7, at the moment, is not able to deliver. Since there were no vendors for this kind of interface, the company went on to develop one on their own, even developing the device driver. The response indicates the company made the right decision and is moving in the right direction with a head start.

This tangential application of Android, that is sweeping the smart phone world, to large screen displays means the signage industry will see radical new developments, enabling better user interface and interactivity.
Unfortunately there is no word on pricing just yet… but judging by this it wont be long until there is a dynamic android coffee table! Take a look at the video below for more info.

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We are used to see or hear that Android has been integrated in various kinds of devices. Today, there is news that Android has been integrated in … a landline phone – iDECT iHomePhone 2000. But don’t get annoyed or confused by the “i” in at the beginning of the name, this is not an Apple product and I’m sure no one could even think of an Apple product running on Android. The “i” is just part of the name of the product.

iDECT iHomePhone is an ordinary cordless landline phone, running on Android, featuring a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen display running at resolution of 320×240 pixels. It will also have 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi support and microSD card slot. All the standard Android functions are present, too – Internet Browser, mp3 player, picture gallery, video/YouTube player, alarm clock, radio, e-mail and so on. The only think that iDECK iHomePhone will not support is Android Market, but after all, this is an ordinary landline phone.

Using the DECT technology, the phone guarantees that wherever in the house you are, you will be able to make and receive phone calls. Moreover, iDECT has a 14-minute digital answering machine, hands-free speakerphone and is capable to store up to 300 contacts in its memory.  iDECT iHomePhone will be sold in Europe for 99 Euroes.

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HTC has just announced today a new device in their lineup which will be sold in Europe. Basically, this handset is HTC Aria but for the international market. The common features in the two devices are 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen display, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, a 5MP camera with geo tagging and face detection, a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, full integration with many Google services and of course support of Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.

All this puts HTC Gratia in the middle-high class android devices, offering pretty good hardware capabilities and sleek design. But not everything is common between Gratia and Aria. When you get your Gratia out of the box, it will surprise you with Android 2.2 running with HTC Sense on top of it. Unfortunately the mobile will be running on the old version of the HTC Sense, which is quite a disappointment.

HTC Gratia will be available in 3 colors – forest green, pearl white and charcoal black. It is expected to hit the markets in November, but still no information regarding the price or exact date. So if you are planning to buy a mid-class Android device, wait for a month and take a look at HTC Gratia.

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Everyone knows the old myTouch 3G and its specifications, putting it in the mid class. So hearing that a new device with the same name will come up, being announced as the new T-Mobile’s flagman sounds a bit strange and surprising to everyone. But if the leaked specifications are true, the new myTouch may be really worth it.

The sheet confirms the already known specifications – 3.8-inch WVGA display, front-facing camera for video calling, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and support of Quad-band GMS networks and Dual-band UMTS/HSPA+. Other interesting features include the last-week announced Wi-Fi calling and preinstalled applications like Monopoly, Rock Band, Asphalt 5, Google voice search, Google Maps, Youtube, Picasa.  MyTouch will be able to capture, share and broadcast 720p HD video and pre-installed Swype for faster and easier text input.

But the most interesting and unexpected feature that will be available on myTouch is the T-Mobile TV. There is not much information about this service on the net, but the leaked sheet tells us that myTouch users will be able to watch live TV as well as on-demand video, watch for free ABC News Now, Fox Sports, PBS Kids, Disney, and Univision, family holiday movie favorites (it’s not clear if this will be free or paid service) and even more. Let’s wait for myTouch to hit the markets and see what is this T-Mobile TV all about.

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These days T-Mobile has announced that they will enable Wi-Fi calling on their Android devices, particularly mentioning the upcoming new myTouch and Motorola Defy. Until now this feature was present only on the rest of T-Mobile’s phones and Blackberry, but now Android users will take advantage of it too. This will help users saving their free minutes and on the other hand it is very useful for areas with low or no cell coverage at all, but you have internet access.  I think that everyone  would like such a feature on his mobile phone, because most of us have wireless internet connection in their home and could make free calls using it. Let’s hope that more carriers will follow T-Mobile, because until now it is the only one who offers such services.

The other news from T-Mobile is about a new mobile phone in their lines – LG Optimus T. The device is aimed at the first-time smart phone buyers. It will be running on Android 2.2 with full integration with all Google features, including Google search, maps, voice actions, talk, gmail, calendar and so on. Optimus T features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display running at 320x480px resolution, 3.2Mp camera, microSD memory card slot (with 2GB one in the package), Wi-Fi (Unfortunately no WiFi calling), Bluetooth, GPS and a 1500mAh battery.  The devices is expected to be exclusively available for T-Mobile customers this holiday season. Yet, no information about the price.

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