Australian Business Traveler is reporting that Boeing has selected Android as the exclusive operating system for the entertainment system in the new 787 Dreamline aircraft. Boeing will use Android to provide flyers with music, video, and airline specific apps that will be embedded through touchscreen panels on the back of the headrest, built by Panasonic.
First class and business seats will have non-touchscreen panels, because they will be much larger, but will feature hand-gesturing — which is a prototype as of now.
Luckily, the touchscreen panels in coach will have wider viewing angles and will be less reflective of light than airplane screens that you see today. Also capacitative sensors will replace resistive touch.
For those of you who use laptops on airplanes, you’ll be thrilled to know the 787s will include laptop power sockets and USB ports on the menu for economy seats. Chromebooks, anyone?
There have already been 820 orders of the new 787 Dreamline aircraft, so the number of people that will be open to Android will be significant.
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