Bluebird Soft Inc. is releasing an updated Pidion device sporting Google’s Android. The device actually already exists with Window Mobile and follows Bluebird’s usual naming scheme; the BIP-6000. The rugged Android based version is currently offering firmware version 1.5 but will upgrade to 2.x in the first 3 – 6 months of 2010.

In terms of hardware, things remain pretty much the same as they did when the device ran windows. It offers a 806MHz Marvell PXA320 processor along with GSM / HSDPA voice and data. For good measure there is a 3MP camera but the most interesting feature is the dedicated barcode scanner. Add on a 3.5-inch VGA display, full QWERTY keyboard and the cornerstone aspect of the product, a moisture resistent hard-as-nails exterior, and there is no other Android phone out there like it.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.