April 23, 2009, 7:25 am
Embedded Alley, a company that specializes in mobile and embedded Linux technology, is porting Google's Android platform to the MIPS architecture. The port could make Android a viable choice for hardware makers in a wide range of product categories beyond the mobile phone market.
The scope of Android's adoption potential is a topic of considerable speculation. The platform is touted by Linux enthusiasts as a choice for every kind of mobile device, from netbooks to set-top boxes. Although we think it's not really a strong contender yet in the netbook space, we have pointed out that it is gaining some real traction on touchscreen tablet devices and media players, including some that are scheduled for launch this year.