Boeing is outfitting its new 787 Dreamliners with servers and touch-screens using Google’s Android operating system to provide music, video and apps to passengers in the new aircraft, according to a report today by Australian Business Traveller, citing information from a Boeing technical manager.

That effectively elbows out Apple, whose iPad has been making inroads in the cockpit; and Microsoft, Boeing’s fellow Seattle-area corporate giant, which this week showed off an upcoming version of Windows that’s designed for touch-oriented interfaces.

Panasonic and Thales are producing the Android-based hardware for the 787 entertainment system, according to the story. Panasonic has already built the first 787-certified touchscreen.

This is cold comfort for Microsoft, but Boeing is using the Redmond company’s Kinect sensor in a marketing initiative for the revamped Boeing 737.

Via Slashgear. Thanks to Isaac Alexander for the tip.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Microsoft! This is good news for the Redmond tech giant, who already makes several dollars per Android installation. With hundreds of in-seat entertainment devices on board each 787, Microsoft is going to “take off” with thousands of dollars for every plane sold.

  • Lawrence Lam

    There’s certainly no reason why this couldn’t change when Win8 launches

  • Guest

    dying but #notdeadyet. LOL

  • Guest

    Matsushita/Panasonic has been using linux on airplane entertainment systems for a  a while, so the above is not surprising at all. In fact, I do not think that they left MS and Apple on the sidelines, they just keep using an open source OS. Todd, you might want to get a bit more background for this story. :-)

  • Guest

    Ultimately, it is the airline that chooses the in-flight entertainment system, not Boeing. Boeing works with vendors like Panasonic and others to ensure the systems meet the mechanical, electrical, and thermal constraints of the airframe. But they don’t make the final call any more than they make the final call on what color fabric is on the seats. That’s entirely up to airlines’ preferences and they are all over the map on what they want.

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