I can’t believe how fast time is flying by! I spent most of last month meeting with open source enthusiasts at industry conferences such as the Embedded Linux Conference and the Android Builders Summit to share updates and information. I even had the opportunity to present, “Using Android outside of the Mobile Phone Space,” at the Android Builders Summit with my colleague Khasim Mohammed.
If you’re an embedded designer interested in Android, but aren’t sure how it fits in the non-mobile space, I encourage you to watch the video below. Embedded designers and users have grown accustomed to smartphone features and technologies like multi-touch, high-resolution display panels, connectivity over 3G and Bluetooth, high capacity storage and medium and low power. For example, today, a machine operator needs a pinch-zoom feature on his HMI to resize a graph plot, a child using rear seat entertainment wants to play a touch-screen video game and users want the device to be smart and connected.
Android’s rich user experience, open source development model, neatly integrated software stack, commercial and community friendly software licensing, vast app and embedded eco-system and above all, based on Linux Kernel, fits many embedded products that don’t belong to mobile or tablet segments.
The below video highlights the benefits and advantages of Android for embedded segments and gives an overview of limitations and challenges in taking it outside of mobile phone space.
Let us know what you think and how you plan to take Android outside of the mobile phone space. Happy developing!
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