Broadcom makes deal with SlingBox, Myriad
Chipmaker Broadcom has made a few significant deals this week, partnering with Sling Media for its EchoStar set-top technology and with Myriad for the Alien Vue solution. The deals could result in a Broadcom system-on-chip that may allow set-top boxes for TVs that run Android apps and aren't limited to home Wi-Fi networks. Thus far, only Dish Network allows place-shifting in Sling's Slingbox set-tops.
Myriad Alien Vue meant for cable providers
Myriad, the developers of the Alien Dalvik platform that lets Android apps to run on iOS and other operating systems, has now introduced Myriad Alien Vue. This latest product will allow apps to run on users' existing TVs and set-top boxes. It includes its own app store and supports multi-screen playback and cross-platform viewing from TVs, smartphones, and tablets.
Myriad Alien Dalvik 2 to show next week
Myriad on Thursday showed off a second generation of its Alien Dalvik platform. A 2.0 remake will bring Android's Dalvik engine to outside tablet platforms, including the iPad. E-readers, in-car systems, and TVs should also support it for the first time.
Alien Dalvik to allow Android apps on other OS
The Myriad Group on Tuesday revealed it will release Alien Dalvik software that will allow non-Android based handsets to run Android Package (APK) apps. The majority of compatible Android apps can run unmodified, though will need to be repackaged by the operators and app store owners. This move is expected to allow developers to expand their audience.