We’re days away from CES 2012 and new Android devices are already coming out of the woodwork. Just check out the TelyHD from Tely Labs. The TelyHD is part HD webcam, part Android powered set top box with full Skype functionality built right in for your HD television. Despite having some impressive specs out the gate like a powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory, the Tely HD stumbles mostly due in part to the device running on a modified version of Android 2.2 (why the need for dual-cores then?) and not Google TV 2.0/Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
Besides video chatting and sharing photos through Skype (the device includes a USB slot and SD card slot) the TelyHD packs more functionality with apps or “channels” that can access additional content very similar to a Ruku box. But whereas the Roku can step toe-toe with Apple TV thanks to it’s affordable the $99 price tag, the TelyHD falls flat with its much steeper $250 launch price. Throw in a future update to Android 4.0 and maybe then we’ll talk.