The move, revealed to RWG at the APEX show in Long Beach, comes on the heels of Panasonic’s announcement that it will open a dedicated App Store, and challenge designers from around world to develop apps for airline customers of its IFEC hardware.
Panasonic’s current generation systems operate over the Linux open source operating system. “The reason for going down this road [and using Android] is the same reason we were in Linux instead of Windows. This stuff is open and relatively easy to get to and do your own drivers,” says Panasonic Avionics CEO Paul Margis.
Android apps can already be downloaded to Panasonic’s current eX2 and smart monitor systems. This discovery “was pretty cool”, says Margis.
Pretty cool is right. But Panasonic is not alone in its ‘Android for IFE’ exploits. Stay tuned for some amazing news from Thales!