Wind River Launches Commercial Android Platform
Wind River Platform for Android, the company's first commercial version of open consortia-based software, is available with the following building blocks:
- Open source Android code validated and tested by Wind River in a rigorous process combining hundreds of manual test cases and tens of thousands of automated test scenarios including compliance with the latest Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS);
- Pre-integrated third-party software, including existing Flash® technology from Adobe, OpenCORE™ mobile multimedia software from PacketVideo, firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating and device management software from Red Bend;
- Enhanced Android user interface and personalization options for such common branding functions as boot-up splash screen, locked idle screen, and termination screens and additional gesture-based choices for core phone functions;
- Extended framework and applications including master reset function, music player, performance and power management;
- Dedicated Wind River global customer support and services; and
- Optimization for leading mobile hardware including Texas Instruments' OMAP34x and OMAP36x platforms.
"Wind River's years of experience in Android have resulted in a commercial offering that combines the innovation of Android with the predictability of a commercial platform," said Chris Perret, vice president, Mobile and Automotive Solutions Group, Wind River. "Wind River Platform for Android was developed for operators and handset manufacturers challenged to consistently achieve time and quality performance metrics as Android devices are brought to market. By delivering a commercial Android platform, we are offering a fast way for them to innovate and differentiate without the risks common to open source software."
Operators and device manufacturers expect market-ready Android solutions that can be rapidly brought to market. Wind River Platform for Android is the foundation to quickly deliver a customized solution to fit specific market needs without having to reinvest in bringing up core platform components and ensuring their stability.
"Device manufacturers and operators are continuously looking to quickly develop and bring to market new devices that offer consumers and businesses the right mix of capabilities and predictable performance. A commercial version of open source Android can streamline the process for industry players wanting to build Android-based devices and test them for market readiness. This can improve time-to-market and offer improved end-user experiences," said Tim Renowden, Devices analyst at Ovum.
As part of a strategic, multi-year partnership, Wind River and Texas Instruments are working together to optimize Android on TI's OMAP34x and OMAP36x platforms. Wind River is providing engineering resources around the world, including at its Korea Design Center, which has extensive Linux mobile phone expertise as part of the company's acquisition of MIZI Research in 2008. Wind River's co-development work includes architecture, design, unit test, and system test and integration support.
"TI and Wind River joined forces to deliver an attractive, complete and easy-to-deploy commercial Android platform that addresses the ever-growing consumer need for customized mobile devices. Wind River's Android platform is optimized for TI's OMAP 3 processors, and includes all layers of the software stack, ensuring predictable device quality, and enhancing the overall Android experience," said Fred Cohen, director, worldwide ecosystem partners at TI. "We look forward to the success of Wind River's Android platform, as it helps handset manufacturers, operators and OEMs deliver impressive mobile user experiences on the most compelling Android-based products."
Wind River Platform for Android broadens Wind River's mobile expertise that spans leadership roles in LiMo and Moblin, in addition to joining the Open Handset Alliance in 2007 as a Linux commercialization partner. Wind River Platform for Android reduces open source risk by providing predictability to and improving software quality for Android projects because of Wind River's ongoing investment in the platform.
Wind River Platform for Android is now available to customers worldwide. Additional details about Wind River Platform for Android are available at www.windriver.com/products/mobile-linux/android.html.
About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981 and its technology is found in more than 500 million products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif. with offices in more than 15 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com or blogs.windriver.com.
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