Touch screen computer monitors running Android are on the horizon

May 6, 2013

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It's difficult to set most computer monitors apart from other products on the market for manufacturers. There are number of units that offer touch support for computers running Microsoft Windows 8 and other operating systems, and most of them are virtually identical. An analyst from a company called WitsView believes that computer monitors featuring integrated Android operating system will be coming to the market soon.

According to the analytics firm, computer monitor makers are currently considering producing computer displays in a size range of around 21-inches that would feature an integrated ARM processor and would be able to run Android without the need for a computer. The analytics firm says that these Android-equipped computer monitors could be looked at as simple as all-in-one computers or even large tablets.

Presumably, these devices will be able to be connected to a normal computer just as a standard desktop monitors. The analysts believe that these Android packing computer monitors will be about twice the price of conventional displays.

The company estimates that the cheapest Android-powered monitor will sell for around $400. Compared to AIO computers that typically start at about $600, a price of $400 for the computer monitors featuring Android looks pretty good. I'm not sure this sort product would be that popular, what do you think?

[via The Register]

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  • JCB

    Umm, weren’t Viewsonic doing one of these last year? You can still get the VSD220 model it seems.

  • xpyroxcorex

    I almost bought a viewsonic monitor. But then I started thinking, I upgrade my phone, my tablet, and my internals on my desktop every one to two years. I dont want to have to upgrade my monitor because the processor is becoming too slow. I thought it would be a good idea to play around with that as my third monitor but now the idea sounds terrible to me..

  • mrben

    Sounds a lot like what they did for a while on laptops, whereby you could boot into a cut-down version of Linux for a quick check of email or to play a DVD.