Cloud Telecomputers to ship Android-based HD voice desktop phones by end of year

Cloud Telecomputers (www.cloudtelecomputers.com) was showing off real-live hardware of its HD voice-doing, Android-using desktop phone at Metaswitch Forum last week. It expects to ship an initial allotment of hardware to a customer by the end of the year and has 40 or so phones (if memory serves, was late in the day) already in the hands of developers around the globe.

The Glass phone uses an 8.9 inch diagonal touch screen with 1024×600 pixel resolution and is powered by a combination of the TI OMAP 3530 applications processor along with an AudioCodes AC494 VoIP processor.  Interfaces include a USB port, two RJ-45 Ethernet ports and a stereo headset jack.

HD voice codecs supported are G.722 and G.722.2/AMR-WB, according to the supplied spec sheet.  There’s also the usual stuff you’d expect with an AudioCodes processer, including full duplex acoustic echo canceling, voice activity detection, and packet loss concealment.

Software tricks the Glass does include support for Android 2.0, with 2.2 scheduled in January 2011, an open API plus a free Glass SDK, integration with Microsoft Outlook, and visual voicemail.

Manufacturer’s suggest list price for Glass is $599.99, with some heavy duty discounting if you commit to a bunch of them.

Apps demoed for Glass included a touch-screen call recording app and some initial integration with Salesforce.com.   Screen sharing between PC, Glass, and other users can be done via the device, enabling the device to be used as a “second screen” for more visual real estate.

Cloud said the biggest challenge around porting software to its hardware was that most Android developers had hard-coded their screen-sizes around the phone – something which is likely changing rapidly with all the ‘droid Tablets rushing to market.

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