image_61As you probably know, CeBIT 2009 took place in Germany earlier this month, revealing the HTC Magic in black. Although there was little else reported in terms of Android, we did find a small but interesting piece about the upcoming ROAD handy PC S101. This device has been in development for well over 2 years now and has yet to be released. The device itself would have been pretty awesome if released in late 2006 or early 2007, but now its specification list appears somewhat outdated. What may breathe a new lease of life into this clam-shell form-factor smart phone is Android.

Although this device was always designed to run Linux (Linux 2.6.x with graphical user interface Qtopia), a video now on Youtube reveals the ROAD handy PC S101 with a working version of Android. There are other videos of the device running the original Linux Qtopia based system, but there is strong speculation suggesting that this device might ship with Android instead. Afterall, the video was taken at the official ROAD booth at CeBIT on an official ROAD prototype device.

We couldn’t tell whether this prototype was running the Cupcake branch of Android, but with a keyboard as big and as friendly as the one found on this device, would you need an onscreen keyboard anyway? Similar to the Nokia E90, the ROAD is a little bit chunky, but with the potential launch of the device with Android, it may yet still find a customer base after all.

James Tromans

Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.