EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Panasonic eyes Android for IFEC

Panasonic Avionics is readying to shake up the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) industry by developing next generation platforms around Android, Google’s mobile operating system.PA App Store.JPG

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!

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4 Responses to EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Panasonic eyes Android for IFEC

  1. Lynda September 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    What is the amazing news from Thales? I am anxious to find out. :)

  2. Mary Kirby September 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi Lynda,
    I hope to publicize that video this week. I have a little bit of housekeeping to do with regard the OnAir story first (a follow-up blog) but once that’s done and dusted, I’ll get stuck into Thales. Each time I visited Thales this week at APEX, the company’s booth was buzzing with activity, and you could feel the excitement. It think it’s fair to say that Thales has seriously stepped up its game with its fourth generation IFEC system!

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  4. Ingeborg Landavazo December 17, 2010 at 3:00 am #

    I love to see android development is so rapid. Google really have a strategy that is very telling. I love to read this article, can increase my knowledge.