When we last saw the Xess — the massive 17-inch Android tablet from Alcatel — it was doing its best impression of a possible one-device-to-rule-your-home sort of thing. It's grown a little bit in purpose since then, though it's still a ways from actually going on sale. (Sometime in the first half of the year, for around $499, we're told.)
What's really new is the launcher you see before you. You're essentially looking at three (and then some) dedicated quadrants for things like recipes, Amazon shopping, YouTube or Hulu, and news and social media. The space on the left is meant for things like home video monitoring, which can live there for constant viewing. And, in fact, Alcatel is looking at bundling an IP camera with the Xess.