Android powers Dreamliner IFE systems

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  1. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    http://www.ausbt.com.au/boeing-chooses-android-for-787-dreamliner-s-entertainment-system

    While Apple continues to score wins in the use of its iPad for inflight entertainment, Boeing has chosen its nemesis – Google’s Android operating system – to provide music, video and even airline-specific apps for the next-gen 787 Dreamliner.
    According to Mark Larson, technical manager at Boeing’s Dreamliner Gallery, all 787s now in production will be fitted with Android-based servers and touchscreens.
    “Those Dreamliners that are being configured right now can get (Android)” Larson told Australian Business Traveller.

    I don't know if this is really news -- what's onboard the first 787 that ANA is about to start operating?
     
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    Google's iCloud? :p
     
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    Eh, that's Apple's
     
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    Quite interesting information actually- thanks for sharing!
     
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    This actually makes sense. While iOS is a wonderful system, it is not as customizable interface wise as you would want for a hardwired IFE. The iPad solution is mainly for those that are trying to add IFE without putting in any infrastructure, but this is for infrastructure, which needs to be locked down even more to deliver a consistent experience.
     
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    My understanding is also that most of the next generation of televisions will be powered by Android- so it may make for an easier overall user experience and lower maintenance of infrastructure due to a faster learning curve?
     
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    Probably not, as although the TVs will have Android, everybody will put on a custom skin over the interface so it functions completely different between different companies.
     
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    Great point about the skin- hopefully there will be some basic learning on the engine driving the system and also how users are working to allow some meaningful development. The most anti-intuitive devices in the world to work with are ironically consumer electronics.
     
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    Would make it easy to include Google TV. :)
     
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    You assume there is going to be someone on the design team fighting for the users ;)
     
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    Ah ha ha... excellent point.
     
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    Sort of related question. The 787 IFE screen has a port for plugging in an iPad. The information tho said that the adapter was only sold on their international flights. What exactly is the plug need to play your iPad on the 787 IFE. I have seen some Youtube videos showing it being done but none say what the interfacing plug was. Anyone know?
     
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    You mean this port?

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    No. It is on the left hand side of the screen itself.
     
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    I think the key advantage of Android here is the cost - free.

    As more and more of us bring our own tablets on board, the built-in systems seem less and less relevant. The only feature I use is the inflight map.
     

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