Wind River Makes Android Move

Wind River has announced the availability of its commercial version of open source Android optimized on the OMAP 3 platform from Texas Instruments (TI). The Wind River Platform for Android is a validated, fully compliant software platform based on the latest versions of the Android software development kit (SDK), available with pre-integrated software from initial partners Adobe, PacketVideo and Red Bend Software, and global support from Wind River.
Wind River Platform for Android, the companys 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 Rivers 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 at 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.
Wind River notes that operators and device manufacturers expect market-ready Android solutions that can be rapidly brought to market, and says that 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.
As part of a strategic, multi-year partnership, Wind River and Texas Instruments are working together to optimize Android on TIs 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 companys acquisition of MIZI Research in 2008. Wind Rivers co-development work includes architecture, design, unit test, and system test and integration support.
Theres more information about Wind River Platform for Android here.