Feeds

Android army marches into living rooms

Japanese set-top box this way comes

High performance access to file storage

Japanese telco KDDI will be showing an Android-based set-top box later this year, as the perfect partner for the cellphone looking to extend its reach.

au_box

The Android-based au Box

The box, named by EE Times as the "au Box", will be able to rip CDs and play music through integrated speakers, but will also synchronise that content with a mobile phone - giving the handset, and network operator, access to the TV screen.

The box is being developed by Motorola, and is only one of the plethora of devices proposed to run Google's open-source OS, including everything from photo-frames to karaoke boxes.

The use of Android is technically unsurprising. Your reporter, in a previous life, went from developing set-top boxes to mobile phones and was pleasantly surprised to find them architecturally identical, with many of the same challenges regarding usability and reliability. In the UK, Sky still uses WAP to deliver content to their set-top boxes, while Linux can be found on a wide range of devices, including PVRs and cable boxes, where it works very happily.

Android, as just another Linux distribution, will be attractive to all sorts of companies. That doesn't mean those devices will be accessing the Android Marketplace, but it will serve to increase the number of experienced Android developers.

Windows Mobile already exists outside the mobile phone sphere as part of the Windows family, and the iPhone OS is recognisable from its desktop equivalent. Symbian has always resisted putting itself into any other form-factor, despite the fact that it would fit nicely, but it's really hard to imagine a set-top box or similar running BlackBerry OS. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.