Motorola is expanding their range of Android devices into the home desktop arena. They are teaming up with WASU, a cable and telecommunications company in China. The desktop is being called the HMC3260 Cloud Broadband, probably because it will be a cloud-based entertainment device. The computer will have an 18.5” touchscreen display, running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and feature a Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor. It will have TV and video integration and seemingly run most of the Android apps any Gingerbread phone can. This is not the first device of it’s kind, but if this full desktop experience goes over well, the Google-owned Motorola Mobility may try to introduce this concept into more markets. Hit the break for a full press release.
Motorola Mobility’s First Android-Based Home Entertainment Device Launches with WASU in China
Motorola HMC3260 “Cloud Broadband” device incorporates an 18.5-inch Android™-powered touchscreen interface for on-demand games, video and other broadband services.
Sept. 12, 2012
BEIJING – September 12, 2012 – WASU Digital Group, one of China’s leading cable and telecommunications service providers, has chosen Motorola Mobility’s HMC3260 Android™-powered cloud computing device to provide a range of innovative cloud-based entertainment services to its customers.
Launched today in Beijing, the Motorola HMC3260 cloud computer uses an Android-powered, 18.5-inch LED touchscreen display to provide consumers easy access to digital TV, movies, games, web browsing, apps and other DOCSIS*-based services on demand. Motorola Mobility’s first Android-powered home broadband device, the HMC3260 provides customers with a truly converged broadband and TV experience with a unique and intuitive interface.
Building on its experience in the broadband communications and mobility industries, Motorola is developing a new family of Android-powered, highly innovative devices for the broadband market. The Motorola HMC3260 – dubbed Cloud Broadband by WASU – is specially designed for service providers who deliver a variety of video, interactive broadcast, and Over-The-Top (OTT) services over hybrid fiber coax networks.
“The Motorola HMC3260 not only provides subscribers with a fast broadband connection, it also enables them to enjoy a range of cloud-based services provided by WASU, including games, high-definition television and movies, web browsing and more,” said Kevin Keefe, Vice President & regional general manager of Motorola‘s Home Division, Asia. “The powerful touchscreen interface capitalizes on the power and flexibility of Android to enable WASU to differentiate itself from operators who only offer a pipeline for data. It is an important step toward our vision of a smart, simple, connected home.”
The Cloud Broadband device enables WASU’s customers to access to a host of cloud entertainment services such as an extensive library of on-demand high-definition media, games, applications and storage space. WASU chose Motorola’s ‘all-in-one’ device for its ability to deliver innovative and compelling, combined entertainment and connectivity services. Its sleek, simple design and stunning 18.5” LED touch-screen offers WASU’s customers an attractive way to consume high-definition media in the home whilst staying connected with friends and family via broadband.
Ms. Qiao Xiaoyan, Vice President, WASU Digital Group, said: “Broadband is at the core of WASU’s growth strategy. The Cloud Broadband device enables subscribers to easily access and search the vast amount of video, music, and gaming content that WASU aggregates and manages for them in addition to regular cable television services. Motorola Mobility’s Android-powered device creates an entertainment hub in the home, allowing our customers to manage their home entertainment via one attractive, simple-to-use interface.”
Wasu Digital Group is incorporated by Hangzhou Culture Radio Television Group and Zhejiang Radio & Television Group. Since 1999, adhering to the principle of “driving product, service and management innovation via system and technology innovation”, Wasu has developed into a large state-owned media group in China with rapid development driven by “new media, new network”. For more information, please visit www.wasu.com.cn/.
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*DOCSIS is a standard that permits the addition of high-speed data transfer to an existing cable TV (CATV) system
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