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New protocol connects Android apps to any platform

Posted: 12 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Objective Interface Systems Inc. (OIS) has rolled out ORBexpress for Android as a solution for connecting external applications to the Android platform or to connect Android apps to other devices, systems and networks.

According to OIS, application developers can now use ORBexpress to connect their Android apps to any platform, anywhere as it serves as an easy-to-use communication protocol for connecting disparate systems.

As the popularity of mobile platforms increases, software developers are challenged with connecting and extending existing applications to mobile devices. The current Android SDK has a well-defined development interface for communication within the individual Android device environment, but lacks a simple lightweight application-level abstraction for distributed communication.

With ORBexpress for Android, the company claims that integrating these disparate applications across different systems is simplifiedallowing developers to connect Android apps, regardless of the Android platform, to applications on desktops, laptops, enterprise servers, Android devices and other mobile devices using a common protocol.

ORBexpress for Android enables applications to communicate real-time in the background while still maintaining an extremely responsive UI, as it fully supports multithreaded distributed applications on all platforms. As a result, developers can communicate off the Android OS without impacting the application's responsiveness.

In addition, the device also allows developers to focus on their unique application development challenges, instead of building infrastructures.

"Communicating between apps on the Android device is easy, but connecting Android apps to other devices or other applications is a challenge. ORBexpress gives you an easy path to share information across your enterprise, regardless of the computing device," said Charles Rush, senior vice president at OIS.

ORBexpress simplifies the infrastructure and shortens the development schedule required to connect Android devices to other applications regardless of location or platform, Rush added.

With ORBexpress, Android apps can now interoperate with existing applications everywhere as it enables transparent Android app communication to enterprise applications and other devices across architectures, programming languages, and operating systems, he said.

The device is a high-performance, secure real-time implementation of the common object request broker architecture (CORBA) standard. The ORBexpress product provides a common communication platform that is available on a variety of processors, operating systems, compilers, and in C++, Ada, Java and VHDL for FPGA implementations.

The ORBexpress for Android is part of the ORBexpress product family that is widely deployed as a communications framework for inter-process communication.

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