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Android destined for a set-top box?

Apr 17, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"The Android version of the Au Box is destined for an October launch by Japanese carrier KDDI, and is supported by a new Japan-based Open Embedded Software Foundation (OESF) organization, according to a story in EETimes. The Au Box STB "will allow users to take their music and video content with them on the go by connecting to a handset or portable player," says the story. EETimes also reports that JVC is considering the development of a TV set based on the open-source, Linux/Java-based Android distribution.

"The new OESF group is supporting the development of the Au Box and other Android based products, says the story. The Au Box, and perhaps several other Android products for the Japanese market are expected to debut at Japan's largest electronics show, CEATEC, scheduled for Oct. 6-10.

"Established in February, the OESF, which has already sponsored Android ports to the Sharp Zaurus, is an industry group made up primarily of Japanese CE manufacturers and other technology companies aiming to use Android in a range of devices with embedded wireless capability. Possible devices are said to include STBs, VoIP phones, karaoke machines, security and monitoring systems, and digital picture frames (DPFs)."

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