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leommedeiros wrote Oct 22, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Google CE with Android extension gains fans in Japan

Bernard Cole
(08/05/09, 8:15 AM GMT)

Tokyo, Japan – Hoping to take advantage of Google's momentum in the global market, Japanese companies are looking to leverage the Google-developed Android operating system as a key element of future consumer devices, what they call Google CE.

The Open Embedded Software Foundation (OESF), an industry group based in Japan, has laid out details of its roadmap for developing Android software stacks on set-top boxes and other consumer devices.

According to the OESF, Android extensions under development include everything from digital TV and set-tops to IP-based business phones along with automotive and medical embedded systems.

More specifically, the group outlined a host of specific extension examples, including digital TV, Multimedia, DLNA, Bluetooth, remote control, pointing device and network manager extensions as well as a user interface extension.

Under the digital TV extension, the group is developing a set of APIs that will allow Android-based systems to receive digital TV broadcasts, display EPG and a BML (Broadcast Markup Language) browser and program recording.

A multimedia extension creates a framework for Android-based systems featuring large-screen, high-definition still and motion pictures.

The group also is working on DLNA and UPnP stacks specific to Android-based systems as well as a Bluetooth extension since Bluetooth profiles are not supported by Android, essential for wireless communications in embedded applications like for health care and game consoles.

The remote control extension also will be critical for Android-based consumer devices which do not come with either a keyboard or touch display.

For member companies, OESF's first release based on Android version 1.5 will be ready in November. Public release is slated for February 2010. The release will be available on the Internet as free, open-source software under Apache License 2.0, according to the OESF.

To learn more, go to www.oesf.org.

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