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Wednesday, 10 February 2010 16:54

The Aussie company that's helping Android go beyond mobiles

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Sydney-based Fluffy Spider Technologies has ported its FancyPants user interface to Android, targeting mainstream mobile applications and others beyond mobile such as set-top boxes, DVRs, printers etc.

Fluffy Spider claims that FancyPants 3.0 "gives original equipment manufacturers of Android-based devices and their channel partners new capabilities to differentiate their wares in an increasingly crowded marketplace."

The company says that the move to port FancyPants 3.0 to Android is in response to the broad adoption of the Google platform. "FancyPants, with its rich graphics and multimedia capabilities, provides the ideal vector to customise Android without forking the platform."

The unique advantage claimed for FancyPants is that it enables total separation of user interfaces from the applications that use them. According to Fluffy Spider, "FancyPants 3.0 incorporates patent-pending technology offering a revolutionary approach to UI design and implementation that goes beyond custom themes, icon sets and colour schemes.

"Through its high level UI scripting, FancyPants 3.0 lets Android device manufacturers, developers, integrators and other ecosystem participants easily create visually rich applications and completely control and customise the look-and-feel of the end-user experience."

As iTWire has previously reported, the movement to use Android as the basis for non-mobile devices is gaining considerable momentum.

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MIPS Technologies - a provider of core processors for the home entertainment, communications, networking and portable multimedia markets - has ported the Android platform to the MIPS architecture and is making the source code publicly available.

Art Swift, MIPS' vice president of marketing, said: "Fluffy Spider's FancyPants product has the potential to help our customers build devices that stand out in today's dynamic marketplace."

MIPS is only one of many organisations taking Android beyond the mobile device. San Francisco based software company, Cloud Telecomputers, has produced a platform called Glass for creating Android-based media phones for business.

Another San Francisco-based start-up, Touch Revolution, produces touch screens bundled with a processor module that runs Android and which can be incorporated into a variety of devices.

LG-Nortel has announced what it claimed to be the world's first residential multimedia terminal based on the Android platform.

And in early 2009 the Open Embedded Software Foundation (OESF) was formed was formed in Japan to take Android beyond mobile devices.

Meanwhile, the Symbian Foundation is hoping that its release last week of Symbian as open source software will precipitate Symbian's migration into non-mobile devices.

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