It looks that Android, the popular open-source operating system of Google, soon can be used in airplanes. Not in the cockpit, but as the motor behind the entertainment system on board.
It looks that Android is going further on the success of the smart phone and tablet industry. The system is designed by Thales, a very well known player in the niche market, together with Panasonic.
The name of the system is eX3 and was presented the first time to the public by Engadget in September 2010. According to several people the system is ready to be launched.
In-flightentertainmentsystems exist longer but the possibilities the new system has are impressive; news, live TV, games, access to social networks, broad band internet and mobile service.
The build in screen in the chairs are equipped with a touch screen but also can be operated with an extern controller with touch screen; it can even sometimes give 3D features.
Since Android is a broad platform, the possibilities seem endless. It’s possible for the airlines to add their own applications to the basic software without to much problems.