Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. on Thursday announced plans to release a small Internet device running Google Inc.’s Android operating system in the first half of fiscal 2010.
The new device features a 7-inch touch-panel display and can serve as a digital picture frame as well as a Net-browsing terminal when desired. Equipped with wireless LAN (local area network) functionality, it can be used while being carried around the house.
By using Android, NTT East was able to reduce costs by 20-30 per cent per unit. It thinks that the product will be priced at around 25,000 yen (US$276.65).
KDDI Corp. (TSE:9433) is also developing an Internet TV receiver using Android, with plans to release it in fiscal 2010. KDDI expects to reduce development costs as much as 60 per cent by using the Google operating system.
Because Android is free and helps reduce costs to digital device users, it is rapidly expanding as a presence in markets beyond cellular phones.