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Back in 2011, Eric Schmidt (among others) predicted that Android would soon power home devices, including refrigerators and other appliances. Samsung fulfilled the refrigerator vision with the RF4289. We've questioned the wisdom of Android-powered appliances in the past, but today's pre-CES announcement from Dacor is definitely worth talking about. The California-based company, known for manufacturing quality home appliances, has just announced an Android-powered in-wall oven.

That's right – a (thirty inch) smart oven is on the way, and it's powered by a seven-inch device (called the Discovery IQ controller) with Android … ahem … baked in. And guess what – it runs the Play Store. Yes, you can finally play Angry Birds while cooking meatloaf.

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Of course, one of the (many) important questions about this device is – "what are the specs?" Here's a quick look:

  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 7" 800x480 display
  • Samsung S5PV210 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB storage expandable up to 48GB
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

So, it isn't exactly a Nexus 7, but then again, who needs a quad-core oven? One thing is certain however – those who do need a smart oven will need plenty of cash to get it – the smart oven, which is expected to debut in Summer 2013, will run $4499 for a single wall oven, or $7499 for the full, double wall oven. For more information on Dacor's oven and Android's latest foray into your kitchen, check out the press release, linked below.

Source: Dacor, Business Wire (spec sheet)

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://twitter.com/mugabuga Max Anderson

    For $4.5K you would think they could afford 720p. Sounds nice for recipes though.

  • Nick Coad

    This is ridiculous. I'd understand if it was just a barebones version of Android running some sort of service that you could use to monitor cooking time, temperature etc, but a full Android device? That's dumb. And for $4500? This has to be some kind of elaborate joke.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's a high-end oven from a company that makes expensive high-end things. Don't expect a normal Frigidaire price tag from them.

      • Spatchcock

        If they're so "high end" why have they put such a lame device in this thing?
        For $4500k I'd expect the whole window in the oven door to be a full HD touchscreen with internal cameras to show what's cooking and a complimentary pair of USB powered oven gloves.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          There's technology, design, innards, R&D costs, markup - the $4500-7500 didn't all go into sticking a tablet in there.

  • atlouiedog

    Why 4.0.3? Won't it melt?

    • mechapathy

      Both of my concerns in one concise comment. Take my upvote, sir.

      • xriderx66

        dis ain't reddit dawg

        • mechapathy

          Aw man! Really? That's the last time I'll use Apple Maps to navigate the internet!

    • Ryan O’Neill

      Yes, ice cream sandwiches often turn to liquid when exposed to high temperatures.

  • http://twitter.com/FaRTJeTpAcK STEVIE BABY

    How well does it cook cupcakes, donuts, and gingerbread?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Not as well as Ice Cream Sandwiches. However, can't yet cook Jelly Beans for some reason.

      • mauric

        It should have come with android 5.0 key lime pie.

  • Кристијан Ристовски

    BAKED IN. Oh come on. I laughed.

  • http://twitter.com/FaRTJeTpAcK STEVIE BABY

    Can I root the oven and flash a custom kernel to overclock the processor and add extra heat to my food?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I can just see it.

      Known bugs:
      - gives some kind of cancer, will fix this wkend - install at your own risk

      • mechapathy

        LOL!

        Works:
        -Teh Speedz0rz!
        -Super smooth

        Doesn't Work:
        -Baking

  • NicholasMicallef

    800 x 480 display? really? How am I supposed to watch FullHD movies on that? and what about gaming with that processor? I mean playing asphalt 7 on my oven is my lifelong dream... :(

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    And if you don't like it as an oven, at least you can rip it out of the wall and use it as a tablet.

  • Rob

    It's all fun, games, and LCD panels until you have a full oven cooking away for a party that starts soon and your Android-powered oven timer suddenly crashes & displays.... "Sorry, but OVEN has stopped responding. Wait | Report | OK". :-)

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      oven force crashes but keeps running.....

  • dude

    Too bad it doesn't support LTE, I wouldn't mind signing up for a Verizon monthly data plan to use it.

  • mauric

    Does it have a camera? So you can instantly upload photos to instagram and facebook while baking?

    • CuriousCursor

      This sounds like a killer feature, put a heatproof camera inside the oven to take pics and upload it to facebook + Instagram and send a pic to the baker once the timer is up with options.

      Remote control ftw.

    • theineffablebob

      Y'know... an in-oven camera would actually be a REALLY good idea. Imagine being able to see a live stream of the food in your oven on your phone.

  • nicereddy

    I never thought I'd see the day when specs were posted for an oven...

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Everybody jokes (or complains) about the specs and the price. To me, this is a really big opportunity for them to do the software right or screw it up in the same way as those first Android-powered cameras. If the software is smart enough to transmit messages to the owner via the network and can be controlled remotely, this would be spectacular and a great use of Android. If they just created a simple, marginally attractive app to control the temperature and a timer, then this is a waste. This fits in well with the rant I just did on the WeMo post from earlier today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/truthkillszz Michael Berrios

    cant wait to put cm 10.1 on this....this would be a great gift for my wife....she can run cm and still stay in the kitchen

  • leo Finn

    Now she truly has no reasons to leave the kitchen. Lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Only to visit her Android-powered toilet. That's allowed.

  • Ibrahim Awwal

    Just for reference, this is basically the same CPU as in the Galaxy S series. Kind of odd (like someone else said, if this is a high end oven why not go high end with the tablet/thing) but whatever. I doubt they will sell too many of these and I don't think they even need to or expect to.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I don't see the need for the SoC to be that powerful. What is this thing really expected to do? It looks like it will be displaying either a custom home screen with widgets or a custom app for the oven controls, in either case those demands are low. It might be used to play video or music, but that SoC can easily manage video at the given resolution. Most apps that you're likely to use here aren't going to demand top speed framerates.

      Let's also remember, since this isn't a phone, it's an always-connected appliance, so there's no reason for the CPU governor to be set to OnDemand or any of the other power saving options. It never needs to idle and can even be overclocked. If you've ever messed around with changing the governor, voltage, and clock speed on a phone, you know that the old gear can still be pretty fast.

      I get the argument for a higher end chip belonging in a higher end product; after all, it would only cost about $10 more to put in something rivaling most of the mid-range phones today. I just don't see anybody describing a real reason for putting in a powerhouse. The complaint would go further if the screen resolution were higher, and I think the screen should be a bit higher resolution for that price tag, but that's another issue.

      • Ibrahim Awwal

        Good point, I agree re: the governor and intended use cases. My old Fascinate with 4.1 was actually more responsive than my Galaxy S3 with Touchwiz 4.0, that SoC is definitely quite capable.

        I personally can't justify a use case for the thing at all, let alone a reason to have a higher end tablet, so I won't try to. I guess I mainly was thinking it could do with a better screen but what the heck. I can't imagine any reason to buy this as opposed to machining a really nice mount for a standard tablet or something like that.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        yea but if your already paying 4500 or 7500 for this damn thing than why not get a decent SOC? Ovens last decades....so why shoot yourself in the foot if your already spending several thousand dollars....

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          A) You're implying this thing will EVER get an update. In 3 years, it'll still be running Android 4.0.3 and they might push a single update to their custom app to fix bugs discovered in the first month. A month or two after buying this, nobody is going to run anything but the pre-installed software, google music and/or poweramp, and possibly a web browser. In a year, I bet the web browser falls away too (especially since their fridge will have a 10" screen).

          B) You think somebody buying a high end oven at a premium price is going to make a fuss about spending that much again in 3-4 years to put in the latest model :)

          This is a bleeding edge product, the first of it's kind. You can't expect that it's going to last as long as the same concept that comes out in another year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Lehman/1321902066 Dustin Lehman

    My favorite part of this article and the most hilarious.

    "Yes, you can finally play Angry Birds while cooking meatloaf"

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    col and all until the software glitches and leaves the broiler on and you can't turn it off and it burns your house down since some douche bag can't program for his life. I'll take a standard oven any day because programming is the biggest joke and glitchy as fuck. Look at bluetooth...could be the best technology but has been epic crap since it was made since no one can program it right.

  • http://twitter.com/navalynt Michael Lane

    I wonder if it has 802.11oveN for wifi?

  • crane476

    Alright Cyanogenmod, chop chop!

  • Elias

    Will be usable as a freezer too: it will have an app to try divide by zero, so the oven will "freeze".

  • Benedek Nagy

    What about the actual owen control funcions? It makes absolutely no sense without that

  • Matthew Fry

    The whole dream of the UPnP was home automation type things. This is stupid.

    Put a PLC on it that turns it on and off when told to and sets the temperature and timer and crap and throw a cheap SoC with gingerbread on it with a completely crippled launcher that just takes orders and supports wireless integration. That's it. This doesn't cost 8000 dollars to make. Of course then we couldn't fulfill our dream of running a first person shooter while standing up at our friggin' oven.

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    I'm trying REALLY hard to see the usefulness, but I just can't. All the jokes have already been made too. I don't even know why I'm posting.

  • GazaIan

    For damn near $5000, I better be getting a much much better Android device than that. A 800x480 Screen? No. My regular oven didn't even cost $2000, And I was damn well happy when it had just capacitive buttons.

    • http://twitter.com/Mills_MatthewM Matthew

      Not everyone out there knows or cares about the latest and greatest tech things.

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