Android on desktop phones is a curious union between the old and the new – Gadgets – Tecnoblog

O desk phone was once an essential item in homes. In addition to calls, landlines played an important role in accessing the internet with a precious 56 Kb/s connection. But the landline not dead yet. On the contrary, it was even updated: currently, there is a model that brings Android (!), WhatsApp support (!!) and even a front camera to make video calls (!!!).


KT5 (3C) desktop phone with Android (Image: Playback/Twitter)

The matter came to a head when software engineer Niki Tonsky tweeted a photo this Monday (29). The image featured a landline phone with a huge screen and the Android interface. Okay, these two features were already attracting attention on their own. But another detail is worth mentioning: the shortcut to open WhatsApp.

Tonsky gave more details about the landline (smart?) later. The engineer said the device is identified as a KT5 (3C), that is, a desktop tablet with a battery and an input for an operator chip (SIM). And it doesn’t stop there: the device also comes with Android 10, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and has VoLTE support to make calls in 4G.

The device is also not limited to voice calls only over the hook with spiral cable. With a little more attention, you notice a front camera. In other words: in addition to talking and exchanging messages via WhatsApp, the desk phone can also be used to make video calls via messenger and other platforms.

KT5 (3C) is an Android landline phone (Image: Playback/Alibaba)
KT5 (3C) is an Android landline phone (Image: Playback/Alibaba)

Android on desktop phones is not really new.

After this revelation, you might be asking yourself: well, this is new, right? Not really. The fact is that some manufacturers have been dreaming of the idea of ​​bringing Android to desktop phones for about ten years. That’s what tells the DLS Internet Services, an American telecommunications company, on its website.

Published in 2011, the article shows that the idea had been around for a long time. “There are rumors that many companies are working on Android tablets this year after the launch of the iPad 3 [que acontece em março de 2012]”, they stated. “What we haven’t heard a lot about so far is an Android-based desktop phone.”

Below, some examples are presented. This is the case of a Rockchip prototype that was presented at IFA 2010. Cloud Telecomputer also proposed a landline telephone with the operating system. Even Cisco entered history and was one of the first to have a tablet that could also be used as a desk phone: the Cisco Cius.

The list also features inventions from other manufacturers, such as Panasonic. But the company is not the only one that deposits its chips in this segment: the also Japanese NEC came to launch the UT880 Telephone. The American Grandstream also has three IP phones with Android installed. One of them even has a numeric keypad:

Grandstream's landline phone comes with Android and numeric keypad (Image: Disclosure)
Grandstream’s landline phone comes with Android and numeric keypad (Image: Disclosure)

That leaves the British HiHi. The company is responsible for a hybrid model with Android that can be used as a landline phone, with the right to a hook with spiral cable, or as a tablet. The company also points out that users can also access their emails through the device. After all, it is a product for the corporate environment.

Aquário desktop phone with Android (Image: Disclosure)
Aquário desktop phone with Android (Image: Disclosure)

Brazil is not left out of this mix between the old and the new. Aquário brings the CA-42S 4G, a “4G Plus Wi-Fi Desktop Cell Phone”, in its virtual catalogue. It is an Android landline phone with a 3.5-inch color screen that is controlled by physical buttons. Ah, the device is also Dual SIM and supports VoLTE.

BedinSat is another company that sells a product with the same proposal. But, unlike the Aquarius device, the device only supports 3G. Anyway, the device comes with Android 4.4.2, Bluetooth 4.0 and memory card slot of up to 32 GB for listening to music. In addition, the user can use an external antenna “for the most distant places where the signal is weak”.

Well, I think now all that’s left is to create a fax with Android. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

With information: DLS Internet Services and Niki Tonsky (Twitter)

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