Panasonic puts Android on your home phone

Cell phones keep on changing, but the traditional landline has remained mostly the same. Panasonic is looking to shake things up with the KX-PRX120, the latest addition to its digital cordless phone line. The Panasonic KX-PRX120 is basically a low-end Android(s GOOG) handset that works as your primary home phone.

Physically, the KRX-PRX120 looks a lot like your standard Android phone. There’s a physical home key on the bottom, flanked by an options and back key on either side. The phone has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, but resolution is low, at just 480 by 320 pixels. On the one hand, that can’t even compete with most of the lower-end smartphones on the market today. On the other hand, it’s sure to look a heck of a lot nicer than the backlit amber screen you probably have on your landline right now.

Panasonic hasn’t released any details regarding processing power or memory, though I wouldn’t expect this phone to be a powerhouse. But it does run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and comes with access to the Google Play app store, so you should be able to download and run games and apps on it.

There’s also a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, so you can use the phone to make video calls. The 1450mAh battery should be good for at least four hours of talk time, and the phone features Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity. You can connect up to six handsets, and an optional answering machine can record up to 40 minutes of messages.

Again, this is no great shakes compared with your traditional Android smartphone, but it looks like a step in the right direction for the good old landline. Pricing and availability haven’t been announced, but hopefully Panasonic will put a price on this that’s closer to a landline than a smartphone.