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Rovi Connects with Android

9 Feb, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Rovi Corp. plans to offer its Connected Platform technologies to Android devices by the end of the first quarter, allowing owners to share and stream content to other connected devices.

Rovi Connected Platform will be pre-ported to Android 2.1 and will include a reference user interface allowing consumer electronics companies to customize their offerings.

“Consumers want easy-to-use media experiences and, at the same time, are growing the number of devices they use to enjoy entertainment,” said Corey Ferengul, EVP of product management and marketing for Rovi. “Sharing among devices is complicated and must be simplified to meet market demand. Pre-porting Connected Platform on the Android platform is a significant step in bridging this gap in the Android ecosystem, enabling device manufacturers to easily integrate robust, standards-based connected device capabilities into their mobile offerings.”

Devices that carry Rovi’s technology will be capable of sharing content over a consumer’s home network, allowing streaming of content to digital TVs, set-tops, DVRs and PCs running Windows 7.

“We continue to see rapid growth for the Android platform on a global basis as we estimate that over 15 CE device suppliers will be selling Android-based tablets by mid-2011,” said Anna Hunt, principal analyst with IMS Research. “We also believe that Android will hold 15.2% of the tablet market in 2011 and project that this will grow to 28.4% in 2015.”

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