Although this is not really the Boeing Phone that the American aircraft manufacturer promised to us a few months ago, Boeing is at least trying to integrate the best that mobile technology has to offer to its jets. And it begins with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – a long-range, wide-body, twin-engine jet airline that can carry hundreds of passengers. Boeing is saying that it will be integrating two Android-based entertainment systems on the Dreamliner. The said two in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions (IFECs) are the Panasonic eX3 and the Thales TopSeries Avant.
Boeing recently integrated the Thales TopSeries Avant IFECs to the 787 Dreamliner of Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways 787 has two classes – economy and business – equipped with 7-inch and 10-inch touchscreen displays. Every IFEC will will sport an STMicro dual-core ARM processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB storage capacity. The Thales TopSeries Avant IFEC will also be equipped with an Android handset that will presumably run applications that aren’t suited for larger screens. As for the version of Android used on the system, ExtremeTech believes that it will run either Android 2.3 or Android 3.0.
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