Phone makers are trying just about everything to get business users and consumers to continue to use landline phone service. One of the tricks that many landline service providers are using to get people to keep service is offer home phones that are more like mobile smartphones with their feature set.
Cloud Telecomputers has unveiled a new desktop smartphone platform called Glass that uses the Android operating system. The platform is SIP compatible and delivers an attractive user interface on an 8-inch color touchscreen.
The OS is also integrated with Outlook for tap to dial functionality and it offers voice dialing and interfaces for CRM software like Salesforce.com. Additional features can be added by utilizing the Glass open API. Devices are expected to be on the market in Q1 2010 with prices of $599 to $699 depending on features.[via Cloud Telecomputers]