CloudTC Releases Big Improvements to its Business Android IP Desktop Telephone

CloudTC has released a substantial firmware upgrade to its Glass 1000 Android-based IP desktop phone that significantly improves on the award-winning device in many key ways.

CloudTC Glass 1000

CloudTC Glass 1000

The phone, which retails for $599 (available for $499 at VoIPSupply), now operates on Android version 2.3 (“Gingerbread”), not the most recent version of Google’s operating system, but one worthy of the device’s bright 9-inch display. CloudTC’s curated “Market” now offers about 50 applications. All but a few of the apps are free (a couple are available for $0.99), and now include many news apps, financial calculators and currency converters, contact managers, informational apps and other useful utilities.

Overall, the new firmware, a free over-the-air update, makes the phone, which we named the Business VoIP Product of 2011, a great deal more powerful and intuitive

The release notes for the newest firmware lists dozens of improvement, including:

  • Support for Adobe Flash, Bluetooth file transfers and VLANs;
  • Up to 12 simultaneous calls (two per line);
  • Support for “pause” and “wait” characters for easy programming of attended calls, conferencing services and external voice mail;

A complete list of upgrades and fixes can be found here.

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  • http://twitter.com/GarrettSmith Garrett Smith

    The fun’s really going to start when you can run Google Voice.

  • protocaller

    It’s an Android phone so I would hope it can use Google Voice. If not, you can hook it up to an OBi110 using SIP and use Google Voice that way.

  • voxilla

    Unfortunately, Google Voice is not in the software offered by default on the Glass 1000, and it is not (yet?) available through the CloudTC Market on the phone. Also, because the Glass software requires that each line used “register” with a SIP service, and the OBi adapters do not allow a separate device to “register”, the two do not play nicely with each other.

    It is possible to use a Cisco or Polycom IP phone with the OBi as they can be used without registration. So the capability may be added to the Glass in a future firmware release. Or, a firmware fix may allow the OBi to accept hardware device registration. Hopefully, one of the two companies will come up with a solution.