Your Boeing 787 In-Flight Entertainment May Just Be Powered by Android
July 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM
If you haven’t had the pleasure of flying aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner just yet that may be a good thing, as future flights could include jelly beans and ice cream sandwiches. Of course we’re not talking about in-flight meals, but rather the different versions of the Android operating system.
Boeing recently showed off that the little Android critter has infiltrated the in-flight entertainment system of some of their new 787s. Specifically, a Qatar Airways plane demoed an Android-based entertainment system, as it sounds like Android will be the system of choice for a couple of different entertainment providers. Both the Thales TopSeries Avant and the Panasonic eX systems are scheduled to utilize Android up in the air, and it’ll eventually be found in as many as 850 planes.
As of now there’s no word on how/if these systems will interact with your Android mobile device, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear about ways in which you can sync your pocket with the seat-back screen.
There’s still plenty of details to be hashed out—like what operating system version will be utilized—but it sounds exciting. After all, who wouldn’t be interested in a 7 or 10-inch screen with all the hardware goodies of a mobile phone? We just hope that we’re able to synch some of our Google Play purchases, as Angry Birds at 35,000-feet is that much better when it’s in the seatback. We’ll just need to remember our headphones for the sound effects.
[Photo: Boeing via SlashGear]